Silken's Blog

Always on Camera

Feb
16
Figure Skating was another first yesterday. The whole atmosphere was so intimate you could see the skaters in the ready area with their coaches. Being at the event it really hit home that these athletes are never free of the cameras. There is even a camera completely dedicated to... more

A Day of Firsts

Feb
16
Yesterday was a day of firsts. William was keen on getting tickets for snowboard cross, a sport I had never even heard about. Thanks to Omega my kids and I attended and had an absolutely crazy fun time. The sport is skilled boarding, tactics and chance, all built into one.  Four Canadians... more

Transitions

Feb
15
I opened the globe and mail today to see the most beautiful image of Jennifer Heil just missing a gold medal. Her face is so calm and composed, and sad all at once. The stakes in sport are so high, you train so intensely for so many years, and a little wobble of the knee, and gold turns... more

Sat Feb 13 Update

Feb
13
Today we went to Long Track Speed Skating - Men’s 5OOOM. Those crazy Dutch fans were almost as loud as us Canadians. When Sven Kramer won gold the whole band started and the entire grandstand erupted in singing!   Great athletes, and as endurance athletes whose race last roughly the same... more

Impressions

Feb
13
The Opening Ceremonies were amazing as seen through the eyes of my children. They were so happy to be there and they knew they were lucky. Kate sprayed her hair red and spent the entire time talking and pointing so much, I worried that our gracious hosts the Royal Bank, would ask her to... more

Reflections - Sport for Peace and Development

Feb
13
Our Olympic experience began yesterday with the Sport for Peace and Development Conference hosted by UBC and Right To Play. On the day of the Opening Ceremonies it was fitting to be reflecting on the role of sport for peace and development. Stephen Lewis spoke about his conversion to the... more

Olympic Nostalgia

Feb
11
Today’s Olympic related activities include making a big banner with the kids saying “We Believe—In You.” My son wants to hold it up at the Opening Ceremonies for the athletes to see from the infield.  Here is something that has just occurred to me. I have never been to the Opening... more

The Games Begin

Feb
10
As the Olympics descend upon us, the critics of these Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver are being drowned out by slogans of “ We Believe”, “Go Canada Go” and “Own the Podium”. We can almost taste the medals “we” are going to win, and we can be promised stories of courage,... more

Taking Action on Fear

Jan
26
2010 began with a surge of creative energy and deep determination to move ahead on the projects I have been talking about doing for months. Some of these projects are the clear your desk and clean the garage kind of stuff; but most of the energy I am finding is to tackle some of the... more

Motivated Magazine - Holding On While Letting Go

Dec
20
I am Silken. I am woven of the varied experiences of my life: alternately the wire that tangles together to create a steel cable or the fine threads that create the most exquisite of silk scarves. Each event, each fleeting observation, each subtle betrayal, crushing disappointment and... more

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