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The Canadian women's hockey team with their Olympic gold medals.
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Canada’s Women Win Gold

Yesterday was golden for Canada’s female Olympians.

In one of the most exciting hockey games ever played, the Canadian women’s team took the top prize. It was a clash between long-time rivals US and Canada, the best versus the best.

The American women had a solid 2-0 lead going into the third period. But with less than four minutes to go, Canada’s Brianne Jenner put the puck past American goalie Jessie Vetter. The score was 2-1.

The LGBT flag map of Russia. Image: derivative work: Fry1989
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Winter Olympics Spark Discussion Of Gay Rights

The Olympics are about athletics and competition.

However, with representatives from so many different countries coming together in one city, it is often about “politics” and “political issues” as well.

In other words, different countries have different rules, laws and beliefs.

Sometimes, countries’ beliefs clash.

That has been the case in Russia at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Image: Canadian Olympic Committee Communications
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Determination, Team Spirit Helps Canada Win Its First Medals In Sochi

On Saturday, Mark McMorris won Canada’s first medal at the 2014 Olympics–a bronze in snowboarding.

That was quickly followed up by two more medals for Canada: Justine Dufour-Lapointe won Canada’s first gold and her sister, Chloe, earned Canada’s first silver medal.

McMorris is a native from Regina, Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan is known for having very flat terrain, yet McMorris was determined to be a world-class snowboarder.

Hayley Wickenheiser, Canada’s Flag bearer proudly leads Team Canada into Fisht Stadium in Sochi. Image: Mike Ridewood/ COC
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Spectacular Opening Ceremony Kicks Off 2014 Winter Olympics

The eyes of the world are on Sochi, Russia, where the 2014 Winter Olympics are taking place.

Last Friday, the official opening ceremony took the audience on a Russian journey. It began with the Russian alphabet, with each of the 33 letters highlighting a famous Russian person or achievement.

Later, the athletes flooded into the stadium, grouped according to country. Canada, with 220 athletes, has one of the largest teams in this year’s winter Olympics. The Canadians came into the stadium, a sea of red, behind flag-bearer Hayley Wickenheiser.

“It’s an amazing feeling being able to carry the flag and lead in this awesome powerful Team Canada,” Hayley Wickenheiser told CBC News. “I’m a very, very proud Canadian right now. It’s great to be Canadian in moments like this; you realize how lucky we are to live where we live. I hope everyone back home is proud and enjoys the games.”

Olympics Rings. Image: Pierre de Coubertin
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Canadian Athletes Working Through Injuries To Compete In Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics begin today in Sochi, Russa. Canadians will be cheering for their favourite athletes.

But several Olympic contenders are receiving a little more attention than others.

They are recovering from major injuries and needed to add extra training so they’ll be fit enough to compete.

At least two slopestyle contenders from Canada are among this group.

Slopestyle is an event in which skiers or snowboarders try to perform the most difficult tricks while flying as high into the air as possible.

The Olympic torch isn't handed from person to person along the relay--the flame is passed from torch to torch. Image: Olympic.ca
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Olympic Torch On An Eventful Journey Across Russia

It’s customary for the country that will host the Olympic games to send the Olympic flame on a vast relay.

The flame is passed from person to person, travelling around the country, often accompanied by cheering crowds watching the runners along the route.

For the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, the torch is on a journey like no other.

It has moved by runner, troika, reindeer sleigh, dragon boat, go kart, snowmobile, skier, snowboarder, ice-swimmer, speed skater and even on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker (ship).

The special Sochi medals. Image: kremlin.ru
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Some Sochi Gold Medals Will Contain Space Rock

Last Feb. 15, a meteorite landed in Russia.

A meteorite is a rock that comes to Earth from space.

Every year, thousands of asteroids and meteoroids streak past our planet.

Most of the ones headed for Earth simply burn up in our atmosphere.

In this case, the meteorite exploded into thousands of pieces in the air, making a tremendous noise known as a sonic boom.

Some of the rocks fell to Earth in the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Russian scientists have been studying the rocks to know more about them—where they came from and how they were formed.

Lance Armstrong cycling. Image: de:Benutzer:Hase
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Lance Armstrong Confesses, In Oprah Interviews

Was there really anyone left who still believed he didn’t cheat?

If so, even they would have to admit that Lance Armstrong did cheat at cycling.

That’s because he himself recently came clean about it, to celebrity interviewer Oprah Winfrey.

The renowned cyclist won seven Tour de France victories–more than anyone else.

The Tour de France is the sport’s most gruelling and prestigious race.

For years, Armstrong has been accused of cheating by using performance enhancing drugs that aren’t allowed in competitive racing.

He always denied it. Vehemently.

The “Ecuador” piano in the courtyard near Queen’s Park circle in Toronto. Image by TKN photographer Greg Robinson.
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Pianos And The Pan American Games

The Pan American Games are coming to Toronto, Ontario in 2015.

The Games are like the Olympics, but only athletes from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean compete.

It is different from the Olympics because it celebrates culture as well as sports. And that’s where the pianos come in.

The Games don’t start for another three years, but last July a Pan Am project called Play Me, I’m Yours, put 41 painted pianos around Toronto.

The pianos stood for the 41 countries and protectorates belonging to the Pan American Sports Organization. (Protectorates are countries that have their own government but also get protection from stronger countries.)

Each piano was decorated by an artist who lives in Canada but was born in one of the 41 countries.

The pianos were placed in public parks, streets and squares.

Play Me, I’m Yours invited everybody to play. It didn’t matter if you were piano teacher or could only play Chopsticks.