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Our Olympian myopia
It’s increasingly frustrating to watch Canada compete at each summer Olympic games. Athletes have put their regular lives on hold, enduring physical and emotional agony, as they pursue their sporting dreams. And more likely than not, Canadians have watched in sorrow as these athletes have left the pool, track and velodrome with heads bowed, their athletes broken and out. It’s a scenario that has become far too common.
Tancredi powers Canada to tie
NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND -- Ancaster's's Melissa Tancredi scored a pair of goals for Canada, which erased an early 2-0 deficit to salvage a 2-2 draw with Sweden in Olympic soccer on Tuesday at St. James Park.

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A mixed bag of results for Canadian Olympians at London 2012
As will likely be the case on most days throughout these 2012 Olympic Games, Saturday was a good news, bad news kind of day for Canada. In the absence of a medal, the best news arguably came from the soccer pitch in Coventry, where Ancaster’s Melissa Tancredi scored for the second straight game, this time in a victory, 3-0 over South Africa.
Let the 2012 London Olympic Games really begin
LONDON, ENGLAND -- Canada's goal to finish among the top 12 medal winners at the 2012 Summer Olympics begins in earnest Saturday, with 19 sports in action throughout London and surrounding areas.
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Natasha gets starring role behind-the-scenes at Games of the 30th Olympiad
Like most Canadians, Natasha Young plans to tune in for some of the exciting Olympic action in London over the next 17 days.
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Dembe hopes to ace Paralympics
Joel Dembe has reached the pinnacle of his wheelchair tennis career. The 28-year-old former Stoney Creek Tennis Club member and No. 1 ranked Canadian men’s wheelchair tennis player will serve for the nation on the court at the Paralympic Games Sept. 1 to Sept. 8 in London, England.
Stoney Creek resident on British hoops team
Miriam Vanderwal believes her mom is her daughter Rachael's lucky charm. The day her grandmother turned 86, Rachael learned that she qualified to play on the Great Britain women's basketball team at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
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Ancaster’s Melissa Tancredi returns to Olympic soccer team
Ancaster native Melissa Tancredi is one of 18 players headed to London with Canada’s Olympic women’s soccer team. Nicknamed “Tank," Tancredi is a veteran of more than 64 games with Team Canada since 2004.
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Thorburn makes first trip to Olympics
Hamilton's Shona Thorburn is a veteran of Canada's national basketball programs, but a rookie when it comes to the Olympics.
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Students inspire Olympian Scott Dickens
Scott Dickens is one of Canada’s top medal hopefuls in the London pool. The Ancaster native will compete in the 100 and 200-metre breaststroke as well as the 4X100-metre freestyle events. Dickens, 27, holds the Canadian record in the 100-metre event.
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Coolsaet nears end of Olympic quest
Reid Coolsaet punched his own ticket for the 2012 Olympics nine months ago, with a personal best time at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October.
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Tancredi scores lone goal in opening Olympic game loss
Ancaster’s Melissa Tancredi scored the lone goal for the Canadian Women’s soccer team as they opened the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London with a 2-1 loss to Japan.
Getting there was truly a battle for Dundas’s Thomaidis and the Canadian women’s hoops team
As a coach, she has to be honest about expectations. So Lisa Thomaidis recognizes roughly where the Canadian women’s basketball team fits in to the first Olympics they’ll attend in 12 years.
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Westdale grad Shona Thorburn adds needed experience to Olympic team
The underdog Canadian women’s basketball team wanted, got and will revolve around backcourt composure.
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Like Kenyans, Reid Coolsaet gaining speed from group runs
When members of the Speed River Track and Field Club enumerate the reasons for their success, high on the list is the benefit of group training.
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Dembe named to Canadian Paralympic team
Joel Dembe knows what it takes to achieve “the pinnacle” in his chosen sport. It takes commitment and many, many hours of training, the 28-year-old wheelchair tennis athlete said last week after being named as one of Canada’s two representatives in men’s wheelchair tennis at the Paralympic Games being held in London, England this September.
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