Archive for January, 2010

A Look at Figure Skating

Friday, January 29th, 2010

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Figure skating is one of the most popular sporting events held during the Winter Games. Interestingly, the eye catching sport was first introduced in an indoor arena during the Summer Games of 1908. Over the decades, fans have seen changes in the game as programs have increased in difficulty and intricacies. This season’s competition is sure to please the large fan-base.

Reigning world champion, Kim Yu-na, is heavily favored to win gold in the 2010 Winter Games. She is among the most watched in the sport. An icon in Korea, she has been called a “perfect skater” by those in the industry. Yu-na holds the world record for highest score ever achieved under the current judging system.
Not far behind is the Japanese singles skater, Mao Asada. For most of her career, she and Yu-na have rivaled neck and neck. Asada is currently ranked third in the world.
The Canadian favorite is six-time Canadian national champion, Joannie Rochette. The 2009 world silver medalist, Rochette has established herself as one of the major competitors in the world.

There is no shortage of showstoppers in the men’s figure skating category, with upcoming performances by Evan Lysacek and Patrick Chan.
American medal hopeful, Evan Lysacek is the 2009 world champion. He is considered the U.S. one to watch.
Canada looks to Patrick Chan as its top medal hopeful. In 2008, he became the youngest man to win a Canadian title at age seventeen. He is currently ranked sixth in the world.

Numerous other great skaters from around the world are making their way to Vancouver to take part in the Winter Games. Don’t miss your opportunity to see your country compete on the ice.
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The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Opening Ceremony

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony is a once in a lifetime event. This is Canada’s oppo2010 winter gamesrtunity to inspire worldwide onlookers, and display all that it has to offer.
Because Olympic planners work diligently to keep the ceremony’s design strictly confidential, it is impossible to know exactly what they have in store. There is some indication of the care that has gone into these events as the planning process has lasted three years.
According to their official website, VANOC enlisted the contributions of more than one hundred Canadians in order to create memorable ceremonies representative of Canada’s cultural diversity. In addition, no expense was spared. With the support of the government, the planning committee doubled the budget for Olympic ceremonies, bringing the overall allotted funds to forty million dollars for opening and closing ceremonies.
In the past, ceremonies have been stunning displays of the awe-inspiring peaceful coming together of the world. This season’s planners are confident that Vancouver’s ceremonies will be just as remarkable.
Don’t miss your chance to make lasting memories, and be a part of one of the most sought after Olympic events. For Opening Ceremony tickets, visit ShowTimeTickets.com.

Canada Speed Skating in Pursuit of Gold

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Canada speed skating has come a long way since its first medal win in 1932. In fact, the last decade has been the most successful for Canadianshort track skaters.
After the 1997-1998 season, Long Track Skaters went home with five Olympic medals, eighteen world championship medals, and forty-two world cup medals.
Of the twenty-four Canadian medals won in the 2006 Winter Games, eight of those were speed skating victories.
Expectations are high this season with the Canadian Olympic Speed Skating Team looking to win big.
The women’s team, lead by Christine Nesbitt and Kristina Groves, are hoping for a podium sweep. Defending world champion, Nesbitt, and 2006 Olympic silver medalist, Groves, are the heavy favourites in the sport. They will be joined in their pursuit toward gold by Olympic veterans, Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen.
Hughes is a tremendous athelete, and will be competing in her fifth Olympics. After establishing herself as one of the best cyclists in the world, Hughes went on to win medals in the sport of speed skating. She is the only Olympic athelete ever to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Games.
Another driving force behind the women’s team is Cindy Klassen. She was the first Canadian to win five medals at a single Winter Games in 2006. Klassen will be competing in her third Olympic games.
The men are lead by Denny Morrison, Canada’s top skater for four consecutive years. Also on the men’s team is veteran skater Jermey Wotherspoon. A celebrated athelete, he will be competing in his fourth Olympic games.
This fast-paced sport is sure to keep us all on the edge of our seats. Don’t miss your chance to see who comes out on top. For Speed Skating Tickets, visit ShowTimeTickets.com.