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Video- Patrick Watson’s ‘Beijing’ (Non Skating)

Canadian Patrick Watson & the musicians he works with are superb; patrick watson beijing

Andrew Love- Qualifying Like a Lightning Strike Setting Your Heart On Fire

Andrew Love latest entry is Qualified!

For many speedskaters, qualifying for Olympic trials is a HUGE moment. It’s that moment where you KNOW, that all that suffering has paid off. Certainly there are higher goals, world cups, O-games, medals, media immortality, etc, but for the vast majority of the athletes. QUALIFYING is the goal, and a moment that they remember forever.

The first time you do it, it’s a lightning strike that sets your heart on fire.

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Joey Mantia- I Just Cant Do It, Or I’m Afraid

Joey Mantia’s latest entry is I Just Cant Do It

If you’re a talented athlete that is always battling with yourself, saying i can’t, you’re wrong, you should just start saying what you mean- “im afraid.”

So in closing, my answer to the question is this: Figure out what you’re afraid of, accept it, and use it to your advantage. EVERYONE has fear. Everyone fears not getting their drivers licence when they’re young, but eventually, those people who failed their first 12 times are out there on the road driving right next to you because they were persistent and didnt give up. Make your mind believe that fear is a positive thing and if it doesn’t believe you, trick it into thinking that its simply excitement.

Wouter Hebbrecht- Learning From Others

Throughout the years that I have been competing I have to admit that training with other athletes can make you a WAY BETTER skater. I learned a whole lot off skaters by listening to them and taking all of the advice that I could take from them. Even if sometimes I could only pick up half of what they were saying I tried to take it all up and deal with it. More so I think I even learned a big deal out of skating with people that weren’t world champions. They made me realize that skating isn’t as easy as it seems; its not all about training till you drop and being the most physical skater you can be. It’s also about learning how to push, how to position your body, how to swing your arms,….and one of the best ways to learn that is by analyzing other skaters.

Read Wouter Hebbrecht’s complete entry here; On the way to Worlds in China part 2.

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Articles About Canada’s 2010 Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Squad

The media is reacting with a flurry of articles now that Canada’s 2010 Olympic short track speed skating squad has been announced;
When the 10 members of Canada’s Olympic short-track speed-skating team were announced yesterday, the skaters in attendance were called to a riser in the front of a small conference room to be presented with a team jacket.Such is the popularity of the sport in Quebec that the path to the coveted jacket was blocked by a frothing pack of photographers and TV cameramen. At least a couple of the athletes, momentarily flummoxed by the crush of attention, couldn’t find their way to the podium.

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Photo from here, by Jeff Bough

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Photo from here

Mondial 2009- L’Equipe De France A Rennes, Compositions Des Equipes

L’ÉQUIPE DE FRANCE est en stage à RENNES sur la nouvelle piste de Rennes en stage préparatoire aux MONDE qui auront lieu du 25 aout au 28 aout 2009, piste aux caractéristiques identiques à celle de HAINING.

Lisez en plus ici; Mondial 2009 – L’équipe de France à Rennes et compositions des équipes.

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Video- Titulares Deportivos

Check out the video Titulares Deportivos.