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Mariska Richters and Braydon Luscombe

CIBC’s Welcome Home to Paralympic Athlete Braydon Luscombe

This morning I was invited to attend CIBC’s Welcome Home event for local Paralympian, Braydon Luscombe at the bank’s Duncan branch. Braydon, a 21-year-old para-alpine skier, began para-skiing at age six at the Mount Washington Alpine Resort in BC, as way to help him overcome his impairment. He had his right leg amputated ...

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Sochi 2014 - MegaFon Pinart Jumbotron

My Face Was On the MegaFon Pavilion!

One of the coolest sponsor displays at Sochi 2014 had to be MegaFon Faces on the jumbotron in the Olympic park. The MegaFon jumbotron wasn’t just ANY jumbotron though… Remember those Pinart things where you put your hand in to depress the pins so it takes the shape of your hand ...

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Holland Heineken House 2014

Holland Heineken House 2014

As a Dutch Canadian, the Holland Heineken House was a must see for me. Before coming to Russia I had been in contacted the Holland House press center and was granted a press pass, so I went to check it out! I knew that it was located in the Azimut ...

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Olympics 2014 - Ladies Ski Cross

Men’s Ski Cross and Ladies’ Halfpipe Skiing

It was another gorgeous sunny morning in Sochi and although I had lost my voice, I was finally starting to feel a bit better from that nasty flu.  Day 7 was my last day in the mountains for men’s ski cross and ladies half-pipe skiing. There was a pretty big ...

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Canada vs Latvia with the Helmet Heads

Men’s Quarterfinal Hockey: Canada vs Latvia

  Canadians were buzzing with anticipation as they entered the Bolshoy for the Canada vs Latvia quarterfinal hockey. It’s always interesting walking into an event solo, not knowing who you will be sitting with or the energy of those around you. I was pleasantly surprised and excited to find that ...

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Russian fans - 2014 Olympics

Sochi Day 6: Quarterfinal Hockey & Semifinal Curling

Street Hockey: Canada House vs USA House Thank goodness my fever broke after a full 20 hours of sleep! I woke up on Day 6 to a message from a friend letting me know about a street hockey game between Canada Olympic House and USA Olympic House that was supposed to begin ...

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Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, Russia

Sochi Day 5: Ladies Giant Slalom

After an incredible day of women’s semifinal hockey and Canada qualifying for the Gold Medal round (yay!), despite several invitations to celebrate Canada’s win at Swiss House, I headed straight back to the hotel to get some sleep before the next day’s trek to the mountains. I woke up early ...

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Women's Hockey - CAN vs SWI

Sochi Day 4: Women’s Hockey Semi Finals

I woke up on Day 4 with bruised knees and a hovering flu, and I tried my best to ignore both as I prepared for a day of hockey. I was about to leave the hotel when there was a knock on the door and there stood Evgeny from the front ...

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Costa Rica Sunset in Tamarindo

9 Things I’ve Learned From Solo Travel

My first solo travel adventure was a 3-month backpacking trip around Europe when I was 21. I set my budget goal and worked hard to meet it, and within 6 months I was on a plane. It was the craziest (and scariest) thing I had ever done and it felt ...

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Bruised Knees

The Sochi Flu Smacked Me With a Sidewalk

I had heard from a few people about the Sochi Flu when I arrived, and when I woke up on Day 3 I was not impressed to feel a bit of a tickle in my throat. I was relieved when it went away in the first few hours of the day, ...

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