athlete blog posts

How to Discover your Inner Athlete

I exercise almost every day. It kind of comes with the territory of being an Olympian who’s married into the world of fitness, but I pretty sure that’s not why I do it. I exercise every day because it makes me happy. Like, I actually mostly enjoy exercise in the moment.  People will tell... more

Being A Strong Athlete Didn't Save Me From An Eating Disorder

Four years ago, I shared my struggles with anorexia and disordered eating by writing a book, Unsinkable. Journalists in the following weeks expressed disappointment that another athlete had an eating disorder. They had held me up as a strong woman who went after her dreams, and suddenly I... more

Tea with a Titan, Episode 11: Silken Laumann, Four-time Olympic rower

Guest Titan: Silken Laumann, Four-time Olympic rower. What we cover: If there’s something on this planet that’s more inspiring than the concept of those who rise again after they fall, well, I’m afraid I just don’t know what it is. And perhaps no other Canadian athlete most exemplifies... more

As Maple As with Ron MacLean

My interview with Ron MacLean about the difference between being an Olympian and watching the Olympics as a fan and the importance of having a connection with nature and the outdoors. Click Here.

I was Looking to Get in Shape and I Found Community

I was looking to get in better shape and enjoy a new athletic challenge when I joined a triathlon group two years ago. Little did I know I was going to become a part of a supportive community that I now look forward to meeting with on a regular basis.   The group was called Mercury Rising... more

Confessions of the Pathologically Competitive

I am the worst kind of competitive.  You know, one of those people who doesn’t think she is competitive, who thinks she is a good enough person that she can turn it off when with family and small children, that is until somebody in the room yells “go”.  Then her true nature shows.  To... more

Decision by Rowing Canada wrong and should be reversed

Last night dozens of athletes were reaching out to Mike Spracklen as they heard the startling news of his very public firing from his position of men’s coach at Rowing Canada.  Mike Spracklen is a legend in our sport, and to the athletes he led over several decades in this country, he... more

Mike Spracklen

The Canadian men’s eight gave an inspiring silver medal in London today.  They could not have rowed a more perfect race.  After getting off to a fast start they set a beautiful middle course pace keeping within striking distance of a medal of any color. The Germans looked dominant at the... more

There are no guarantees

At the Olympic Games, there are no guarantees. None.  We see Olympic greats like Michael Phelps who owned the 100m butterfly in 2008, not finish in the medals.  We see world champions toppled in the heats, and athletes who were not on the radar screen for gold pull out the race of their... more

The Hundred Day Challenge Started on Day 74

My girlfriend Jane Roos is one of the most vibrant, creative, and dynamic people I know.  She started the Can Fund which raises money for Canada's Amateur athletes.  Jane has raised millions of dollars for our athletes and she is constantly raising the bar on dreaming... more