Silken's Blog

"A Day in the Life"

Feb
27
Autograph signing - "A Day in the Life" at the Olympics for an Olympian!

What a morning!

Feb
26
We went to Cananda House and my son William and I held the Stanley Cup. Then we found the Canadian Mint and I was given a private audience with the Olympic medals. Each medal is unique, every single one has a different design. Can you imagine? They are absolutely huge and my sons dared to... more

Women's Hockey, Cow Bells and Parties

Feb
26
So there I was at the Women's Gold Medal Hockey game as guest of Premier Gordon Campbell, when I decide to go get a bottle of water without disturbing any of my box mates. I climb over the seats and somehow one of my feet get stuck between the back of the chair and the floor, causing me... more

Gold Medal for CAN Fund

Feb
26
A gold medal should go to Jane Roos and the Canadian Athletes Now Fund. Over the past thirteen years this woman and the fund that she named, have raised millions of dollars that go directly to our Olympic athletes. Thirteen members of Canada's Women's Gold medal hockey team received... more

Sport and Gender - a Female Perspective

Feb
25
Back on the Ferry to Vancouver again today and the Olympic fever just seems to be growing. Doesn't hurt that our women won FOUR MEDALS yesterday. Spectacular and reminds me about how fortunate we are to live in a country that presents so many opportunities for women in sport. This in fact... more

We Are Canadian

Feb
23
So my kids and I were at men's Snowboard Cross last week. This is the sport where snowboarders come down the course four by four, sometimes gently nudging one another, sometimes spectacularly wiping out across one another; one minute a boarder is leading, the next minute he's fallen into... more

Own the Podium

Feb
23
Funny how a name can mean so many different things to different people. I have heard people comment that "Own the Podium" is unCanadian, it flies against Canadian graciousness and humble demeanor. Only this morning I read that perhaps the name itself puts too much pressure on the athletes... more

Olympians Can't Get Tickets

Feb
22
I was talking to some of my Olympic comrades this weekend and as a group, they are feeling a little left out. Here are the Olympics happening on Canadian soil, and the majority of Olympic athletes, never mind the majority of Canadians, can't even get tickets. I am getting emails everyday... more

Gold Medal Reflections

Feb
19
Christine Nesbitt’s speed skating gold medal really affected me. There was something about her quiet demeanour that I relate to. While all of Canada is cheering and going crazy like they just won gold, in some ways you feel separate from it, even though you are the centre of it. Winning... more

Go Canada Go!

Feb
18
The oval was shaking from shouts of “go Canada go” for Christine Nesbitt. When halfway through that last lap she looked to be still almost half a second off pace and I really wondered whether she could pull it though. And then there she was crossing, and when we all looked up it said... more

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