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Okanagan Olympians join Parade of Champions

Okanagan Olympians Kelsey Serwa, Justin Kripps, Kevin Hill and Eric Neilson and Paralympians Josh Dueck, Sonja Gaudet and Ina Forrest joined the Parade of Champions celebration in Calgary this week. HOWDY! @bigairmar #paradeofchampions @CDNOlympicTeam #wearewinter #whomovesyou — Kelsey Serwa (@kelseyserwa) June 6, 2014   Cadeau très significatif de Sochi! @chrisrobanske @jakeholdensbx @kevinhillsbx @rob_fagan @maellericker @DodoMaltais — Équipe olympique CAN (@OlympiqueCanada) June 6, 2014 Gearing up for the Parade! @NeilsonEric — John Fairbairn (@JohnnyFairbairn) June 6, 2014 Having an old fashioned ho down at the #paradeofchampions — Justin Kripps (@justinkripps) June 6, 2014 .@AlexGoughLuge and @kelseyserwa signing...

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Tens of thousands of fans celebrate Sochi

Today, Sochi 2014 Olympians, Paralympians and coaches marched and rode through the streets of Calgary for the 2014 Parade of Champions, celebrating their Sochi accomplishments with local Albertan fans. The celebration kicked off with a pre-parade community pancake breakfast hosted by the Calgary Stampede, where 3,800 pancakes were given out to the crowd. Athletes got into the Western Calgary hospitality spirit by serving the pancakes to fans of all ages. Fans were also treated to entertainment on stage at Olympic Plaza with CBC hosts George Stroumboulopoulos, Doug Dirks and Rosa Marchitelli, who pumped up the crowd with music and...

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What came first, feeling or emotion?

When I watched locals Kelsey Serwa and Josh Dueck win Olympic medals in Sochi, I found myself tearing up (men are not supposed to admit this.) Lest one of my hockey teammates reads this and misconstrues that I admitted to sobbing (in print), I retract my aforementioned statement here. Indeed, what we cry for or laugh for changes across our lifetime and with personal experience. But what came first, emotion or feeling? My experience of Kelsey’s Olympic silver medal in Sochi might provide a clue. I was lucky enough to attend the 2010 Vancouver Games as a journalist for Okanagan...

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Olympic Roundup: Kevin Hill I raced my heart out

Race cancelled due to heavy fog, it's alright because I'm ready to go! Hopefully tomorrow we will run qualifiers! — Kevin Hill (@kevinhillsbx) February 17, 2014   Snowboard cross racing is not without its up and downs, and no one knows that better than Vernon's Kevin Hill after his Olympic debut. On Olympic Day 11, Men's Snowboard Cross race was cancelled due to heavy fog. Undeterred, Kevin came blazing out of the gate when competition resumed the next day and finished first in both his heats in the 1/8 finals and quarterfinals. He was second on the leaderboard,...

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Okanagan Heros: Paralympic flags and medals

Okanagan athletes played a key role in clinching Canada’s third place finish (behind Russia and Germany) at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. While Russia dominated the podium with 30 gold and 80 medals in total — more than the next five countries combined — Canada made a strong showing in the more evenly matched remaining field with 7 gold, 2 silver and 7 bronze. The world’s most decorated wheelchair curler, Vernon’s Sonja Gaudet, proudly carried the Maple Leaf flag to lead the Canadian team during the opening ceremonies. The honour recognized her two previous Paralympic gold medals (Turino 2006 and Vancouver...

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