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I suspect coming from a sport so tightly related to the bloodlines of the Olympic Games thanks to Pierre de Coubertin, drew me further into the Olympic narrative. I am certainly not blind to the challenges within the Olympic movement and perhaps that's why I am further keen on this opportunity. In applying, I thought I'd post share my video publicly (scroll to bottom if you can't see it on your screen yet). J
Take care! J
I can’t share all the awesomeness of Forum, but to encourage as many national team athletes as possible to participate in it. Because it changes one’s perspective and reminds me that there is a really broad value to sport. Even go through the crappy time that’s been the last few months, spending 3 days with great athletes and people who share a similar story. It is a firm reminder of sport’s value beyond the stress of performance goals. There is such a pressure to be everywhere and be everything to everyone (sponsors, NSOs, coaches) that the fun often disappears. We spent our first day at Bill Crothers Secondary School in Markham and did 6 sessions with 15-20 kids. This is a sport’s school, and the students were introduced to sports they’d never tried. We did fencing; I was with National Team Fencer Igor Ganstevich. There was wheelchair tennis, cricket, luge, diving, rowing and more. It tied very nicely into Sports Day in Canada.
Athletes leave Forum so pumped up about sport because it’s a retreat that reminds everyone how beneficial elite competition is, despite the baggage that comes with it. Big thanks to AthletesCAN for having me on the board the past three years and for the membership voting me in. I look forward to continuing to remain involved and to AthletesCAN progressing with more presence, improving every national team athlete’s experience.
I will keep this is as brief as possible as I know you write for entertainment value, and not with the journalistic integrity expected from other papers. Some facts:
- Baseball and softball have limited global participation (in Beijing - 4 Asian teams, 3 Americas, 1 European). And, Baseball could not assure the world's best would participate in the Olympics. Softball lacks competitiveness; in all but one Games, the USA won gold. For these reasons, it was removed.
- Getting rid of Pentathlon would not make space for baseball. 72 athletes in Pentathlon, versus Baseball's 8 teams of 24 athletes (192) and Softball's (8 teams of 15 athletes).
- Pentathlon was one of the first sports to sell out in London. In Beijing, there were 40,000 people in the stands when I looked up.
- You allude to a rich mommy and daddy as a requisite for Pentathlon. Sadly sport is expensive in Canada, across all events. My parents saved every penny so I could compete, even remortgaging their home. Internationally many pentathletes serve in their military. Not typical moves of the elite last time I checked. By the way, you are welcome to train with me at my club, membership is 1200$/year. What did you pay for your kid to play hockey?
- Pentathlon is a small but growing sport in Canada as we don't have the tradition that built the sport elsewhere (limited military history). In fact we are shamefully limited in supporting summer sport as a whole. This is why it receives little TV attention as you mentioned - so Canadians do not have the opportunity (aside from the internet) to get exposure to the sport.
You ask for excitement - did our Women's Football team not provide this? Carol Huynh's repeat medal? Rosie's gold? You even contradict yourself in attempting to introduce your thesis - yes the Men's 8 medal was excitement!
Then you have the audacity to compare the sport the crime-challenged city of Mimico?
Your comments are unfortunate, as performance sport receives dismal attention as is, and you take this rare moment for the betterment of Canada's sports to belittle one of them.
It's not that Canadians or pentathletes are too busy with their "swords to read anything," it's that we spend our time reading pieces of substance.
You are the epitome of dated Canadian media; you will hibernate into NHL and MLBA action until just prior the 2016 Games before you appear again to share your uninformed and nasty opinions. You offend Canadian summer sport, Pentathlon, and me - someone who's been on the field of play; a place you are incapable of comprehending.
Take care and get enlightened.
I am going to cheat a bit and expedite expressing some of what's going on now. It's from an interview with one of my good friends and a sponsor (Steve Adam and adamlabs). This interview was pretty cool (as you'll see if you visit his other interviews). Interview - http://www.adamlabs.ca/index.php/frontpage-joshua-riker-fox
And on a final good note - a big thank you to ARC Resources in Calgary, who are a new supporter! (www.arcresources.com).
Take care friends. Enjoy the two weeks ahead, it flies by. J
Life is truly a time warp during these periods. Disappearing to compete, many friends and teammates not knowing where I am, and then reappearing. I don’t like to tell most people because they say 'good luck' a lot which makes me more nervous. Or sometimes they misunderstand and say have a nice trip, which is very thoughtful, but to every athlete leaving
I suppose the last chance I had to write this was a week ago while flying back from Guatemala, but I was tired… So here it is today, whilst flying to Hungary. The mission continues, to pursue as many points as possible to earn a spot for London. Obviously, and if you’ve read previous posts you know, the level of pressure is high. Every event has performances that
A few weeks to catch up on here. I would have hoped to get the updates Blog-wise happening faster, but I’ve been on the run.
So, last bit that I didn’t share was CANwest Track Champs in Saskatoon. I ran there 1. For fitness and 2. For fun. I think I achieved both.
A few weeks to catch up on here. I would have hoped to get the updates Blog-wise happening faster, but I've been on the run.
So, last bit that I didn't share was CANwest Track Champs in Saskatoon. I ran there 1. For fitness and 2. For fun. I think I achieved both. I ran the 1000m, 4 x 800m, and the 1500m. So again, a lot of racing in a short period of time. It came with a long bus ride I'd have skipped if the team would have allowed me to fly.