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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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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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Fan defaces Canadian snow flag on rink. UPDATE: No he didn’t

- February 21st, 2014

Here’s a little something to get you riled up for today’s semifinal men’s hockey game between Canada and the U.S. at the Sochi Olympics (noon EST).

This aggression will not stand, man.

UPDATE: Turns out it’s a dad from Toronto who just made a cool looking video. No insult intended. We can put the maple syrup cannons back in the shed.

Here’s video of him making the Canadian flag in his backyard rink.

(h/t Extra Mustard)

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Fan in blackface wearing P.K. Subban jersey spotted in Sochi

- February 19th, 2014

Sitting in the stands watching what nearly turned into a Canadian upset was a Canadian embarrassment.

QMI Agency photographer Ben Pelosse snapped this photo of a white fan attending the Canada-Latvia quarterfinal hockey game at the Sochi Olympics wearing blackface and holding a P.K. Subban jersey.

BEN650

Blackface has historically been used to create a stereotyped caricature of black people. Subban is a Canadian of Jamaican descent.

This isn’t the first time fans of Subban have attended games in blackface. While he was a rookie with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010, a pair of Montreal Canadiens fans attended a Habs game in blackface wearing Subban shirts.

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Is T.J. Oshie profile on hook-up app Tinder a fake?

- February 18th, 2014

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As if an NHLer needs a smart phone app to get a date.

Last week, U.S. freestyle snowboarder Jamie Anderson let the cat out of the bag on Olympic athletes using speed-dating app Tinder while in Sochi.

Shortly after the story broke, somebody started a Tumblr page and Twitter account sharing photos and screencaps that purportedly show Olympians — including a few many would recognize — who are using Tinder at the Games.

Added to the list Monday was St. Louis Blues centre and currently the most famous American hockey player in the world — T.J. Oshie.

Now, before we go jumping to conclusions, this information needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt.

There’s no way of verifying the information posted — both social media accounts are anonymous — and the reality is it’s not difficult to fake this kind of stuff. Tinder builds profiles based on information from a user’s Facebook page, so it’s possible the pictures and info came from a phony source. And of course, there’s also the possibility these were Photoshopped

Let’s not forget, Oshie has a fiancee who is pregnant.

Considering his worldwide notoriety, doing this would have been an absolutely stupid move on his part.

His alleged Tinder profile also includes a Snapchat username, which is laying it on kind of thick.

So, yeah, we’re not sure about this one.

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