This story from the Winter Olympics in South Korea is gold medal-worthy. Gus Kenworthy,an American skier, has saved 90 puppies from becoming dog meat at a Korean dog farm. He plans to bring the rescued puppies to the USA and Canada.
This is not the first time Kenworth has shown his displeasure over the way dogs are treated in other countries. Using his Olympic connection, he has stepped up twice now to show his disproval of dog farms prevalent in Asian countries. During the last winter Olympics (2014) he brought home stray dogs found wandering the streets of Sochi:
This (2018) Olympics in PyeongChang South Korea Kenworth rescued the 90 puppies from their dismal fate at a local dog farm. He and a friend were horrified to see the conditions the dogs were living in.
Unfortunately, there are still no regulations preventing dogs from being slaughtered for their meat in many countries around the world. Dog meat is a common ingredient sold in Korean (as well as other Asian) markets, used to make stews, soups, and more.
This story is one of the many feel-good stories out of the recent winter Olympics. Welcome to America Beemo (the one puppy Kenworth is keeping for himself) and friends, where dogs are man’s best friend, not a food source.
Although we Canadians have collected a record (for us) number of medals this Olympic games, we have suffered a few heartbreaking and painful Olympic firsts.
the first time the women’s curling team did not qualify for the playoff round since the inception of curling as an Olympic sport. I have to admit though, the South Korean women curlers were so impressive, cool calm and collected throughout their games.
the first time both the men’s and women’s team have missed the podium in traditional curling (although we did capture gold in mixed doubles) Again, since the inception of curling as an Olympic sport.
the first time (in five years) our women’s hockey team had to settle for a silver medal, although nothing to scoff at there. They were outplayed, although the officials could have been less biased in their calls.
These disappointing Olympic firsts are a result of many things in my mind. Canada has always been respected for its curling and hockey prowess, but obviously, other teams are catching up fast. It does not help that curling teams from around the world come to Canada to compete against the best for practice on the world stage. It also does not help that many of these teams are paying Canadian curlers to coach their teams. As for hockey, the USA and Canadian women’s teams have always been neck and neck, with all other teams lagging far behind. After 4 consecutive gold medals for the Canadian women, it was time for the USA to win one. No other team even comes close, but that may change too in the years to come.
The fact that the Canadian teams mentioned were reigning and repeated gold medal holders in their respective sports put an immense amount of pressure on them. All other teams strive to knock them off the podium. The German team celebrated like they had won the gold medal after beating Team Canada in the semi-final.
The fact that no current NHL players are on the men’s Olympic hockey teams weighs in too. In previous years Canadian and USA rosters were loaded with NHL players. The NHL chose to not allow their players to participate in the Olympics this time after the IOC (International Olympic Committee) refused to pay the players’ (considerable) insurance premiums and travel costs.
Day 13of the Winter Olympics proved to be unlucky for Canadians in a few sports. However, there were a few great Olympic firsts to cheer about other days. Just as other countries are gaining respect in sports they were not historically known to medal for, Canada is too. More medals in figure skating and speed skating made up for those lost in hockey and curling in our total medal count. Here are a few of those awesome firsts:
Canada has won the most medals in speed skating since its Olympic inception.
John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes won the first gold medal in mixed doubles curling
Sebastien Toutant won the first gold in the snowboarding “big air” thriller
first time Canada has won four medals in figure skating, two gold and two bronze
first time Canada has won 29 medals at a winter games, previous record was 26
first time Canada has won the third most medals in a winter games, (previous record was 4th) 9 behind Norway, one behind Germany (we were in second until the last night of competition when Germany won two medals in bobsled) and 6 ahead of the USA.
The time change (they are 14 hours ahead of us here in EST) was a bit annoying with these winter Olympic games held in PyeongChang, a first for South Korea. Sometimes it was hard to tell what was old news and what was new. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed watching all the talented athletes.
What do the Olympics and gun control have in common? Twitter, they have Twitter in common. This exchange of tweets on Twitter was too funny (and tragically accurate) not to share!
It came after the USA women’s hockey team beat Canada in the gold medal hockey game and the USA men’s curling team beat the Canadian men’s curling team to advance to the gold medal game in the winter Olympics.
It also came after another shooting rampage in a USA school.
Chris Sedenka @ChrisSedenka
Hey @Canada, what else would you like us to beat you in today? 8:43 AM – 22 Feb 2018
Scott Morrison @scott_morrison
This reply was the BEST! Short and to the point, sad but so true. There was nothing more to be said that could improve that conversation.
Leave it to a little blue bird to get the last word in!
In my youth, the only curlers I knew were the rags my mother used to put in my hair. I was vaguely aware that my BFF’s brother was a curler, but I cannot say I was interested enough to find out anything about the sport. In fact, I’m not sure it was much of a sport back then.
My husband was a great curler in his youth, representing his club in the provincial playdowns several times. His teenage years were consumed with curling. His knowledge of and passion for the game, not to mention the numerous trophies that we have in our home, (those were the days when no one but the winner got a trophy) taught me all about the game. Not just the logistics of the game, but how difficult it is (here in Canada) to be the best team in your club let alone your zone, province, or country. That degree of difficulty has not changed. It might be even tougher as there are so many good teams out there.
My two eldest sons started curling at the age of four. They both curled locally for years, coached by their father. The younger of the two was not as passionate about the sport as the elder who also went on to curl competitively including representing our area in the provincials. Unfortunately, much to the chagrin of his dad, his curling days took a back seat to his goal of becoming a civil engineer.
Both sons learned a lot on the curling ice including leadership, team play, and communication skills. Both developed friendships that have lasted over the years. In fact, my eldest son met his new wife within the first few years of his curling career. They both still curl at the same RCC although she is currently taking a hiatus to give birth to their first child!
Gone are the days, however, where drinking beer (adults only of course) and munching on junk food after the game were the highlights of the sport, at least at the competitive level. Today, teams and individuals are known for their fitness level, mental endurance, and strategically amazing shots. Sorry Ed Werenich, but the days of the belly hanging over the belt as you crouch on the ice to throw your shot are long gone.
Watching the mixed doubles category in the winter Olympics this week, it is obvious that these curlers definitely have to be physically fit athletes to compete at this level today. With just two (traditional curling has four) curlers per team, they are throwing a rock, then quickly jumping up to sweep it down the ice towards the house. I broke out in a (nervous) sweat watching them, especially the gold medal game between Canada and Switzerland. The pairing of Canada’s John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes was spectacular to watch as they brought home the gold.
In case you haven’t noticed Canada is sporting a shiny Penny at the Olympics in Rio. Although we gave up using pennies in our currency recently, this Penny is a keeper. At just 16 years of age, Penny (short for Penelope) Oleksiak has made a tremendous splash at the Olympics and all Canadians very proud this week.
Penny is the first Canadian athlete to win four medals in a single summer Olympics. With four swimming medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze) under her belt (or around her neck) she goes for a fifth medal in another relay Saturday night.
Her sunny disposition, ever present smile and unassuming attitude make her a fan favourite. After her gold medal win, she did not turn around to see her result for a full 25 seconds, then mumbled “oh my gosh!” when she realized she had tied for first place and the gold medal. No fist pumps or fingers in the air, just an endearing “oh my gosh.” What an inspiration to all youngsters let alone other athletes.
I’m willing to bet Penelope will be a favourite in baby girl names this year here in Canada!
I am very proud of our Canadian women today! The Canadian women’s hockey team overcame a 2-0 goal deficit in the third period to force overtime against the USA team and then scored again to win the Olympic GOLD medal. Marie-Philip Poulin scored both the tying goal and the game winning overtime goal for team Canada.
Earlier today, Jennifer Jones’ curling team beat Sweden in the championship final to win gold as well. This game was a nail biter too, with Sweden having a chance to tie the score or go ahead in the ninth end. Instead, Jones and the Canadian women’s team stole two points to head into the tenth end with a three point lead that Sweden could not rally from. As she threw her first rock in the tenth end, a smile lit Jennifer Jones’ face as she (and we) knew she was about to make the easy take out shot to run the Swedes out of rocks and win the gold medal.