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Even Paralympians are getting stuck in Sochi bathrooms

- March 6th, 2014

Yep, Sochi still be having problems.

With the Winter Paralympics set to kick off Friday, there are still issues with accommodations in the athletes’ village.

Much like ex-CFLer and American Olympic bobsledder Johnny Quinn last month, U.S. sled hockey goaltender Steve Cash was locked inside a Sochi bathroom Thursday.

Luckily for Cash, teammates were nearby to help.

Things got a little desperate.

But eventually Cash was able to escape.

(h/t Deadspin)

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Canada a social media winner at #Sochi2014 Olympics

- February 24th, 2014
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Canadian athletes enter the closing ceremonies on Sunday. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

Looking at the medal standings at the end of the Sochi Olympics, Canada did very well for itself.

Although we didn’t reach the 14 gold medals won in Vancouver four years ago, the nation still managed to finish third in gold discs with 10 and fourth in overall medals with 25.

After the closing ceremonies Sunday, Canada also did quite well in social media.

According to Twitter, snowboarder Mark McMorris was ranked fifth for the most mentioned athlete on the site, behind Japanese figure skater Mao Asada, South Korean skater Yuna Kim, U.S. hockey player T.J. Oshie (following his shootout heroics against Russia in the preliminary round), and U.S. snowboard legend Shaun White.

Not surprisingly, hockey was the most-mentioned sport on Twitter during the Games, trailed by curling and figure skating.

In the chart below, you can see which countries sent out the most tweets (per million population) over the last two weeks, according to Twitter.

Canada ranked fifth in that category, spurned on by the nation’s interest in social media and combined with the play of the men’s and women’s hockey and curling teams — all gold medal winners.

5 videos guaranteed to pump you up for the Canada-Sweden gold-medal game

- February 22nd, 2014
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Fans in London, Ont., react during the U.S.-Canada game. (QMI Agency)

Canada, Sweden, gold.

You already knew that, of course.

What you need to do now is watch these five incredibly patriotic videos.

Otherwise, you simply won’t be equipped to cry Canadian tears — happy tears, probably, but potentially sad ones — in front of your TV Sunday morning.

WHY WE LOVE HOCKEY
Can you tell me why we fight so hard, why do we give every last millimetre?

PURE WOMEN’S GLORY
Yes! Goal! Yes!

NO MIC NECESSARY
With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the Truth North strong and free!

HOCKEY IS CANADA’S GAME
Our goal is to go to Sochi and come home with the gold medal

MEMORIES FROM ’10
Sidney Crosby! The Golden Goal!!!

#LoserKeepsBieber billboard gets post-Canada win makeover

- February 21st, 2014

Command Sign, architects of the #LoserKeepsBieber meme, have capitalized on the cross-border rivalry once again.

Here’s what the Illinois-based billboard company tweeted shortly after the Canadian men’s hockey team took down the Americans, 1-0, in the Olympic semis.

Justin Bieber may hail from Stratford, Ont. — and we may be fundamentally proud of him — but we’ll let you crazies to the south take him off our hands during his, uh, experimental years.

We’ll talk again when he comes to his senses and decides to put his millions to good use. Deal? Deal.

For what it’s worth, this is the initial tweet, which went viral and started this whole No, America/Canada, I don’t want Justin Bieber! You do instead! phenomenon:

Canadian women’s Olympic team left a message for the men

- February 21st, 2014

Canada’s golden girls left the country on a hockey high Thursday after beating the U.S. for gold and hungry for seconds Friday as the boys were set to face America in the semifinals.

It was a tough act to follow, but the gals wanted to spur their fellow Canadians on.

National women’s team veteran Hayley Wickenheiser, goalie Shannon Szabador and forward Brianne Jenner left a special note in the arena’s locker room, spotted by CTV, to inspire the men’s team to victory

The men, as we now know, went on to beat the U.S. 1-0 for a spot in the gold-medal game.

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