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CALGARY -- Kyle Shewfelts Olympic gold medal in gymnastics shines bright a decade later because it is the first and only of its kind in Canada. Unlike the Olympic champion who has a teammate or hero to follow or emulate, Shewfelt blazed his own trail to win the floor routine in 2004. He is the only Canadian to win an Olympic medal of any colour in gymnastics. The Calgarian is among the athletes, builders and coaches who will be inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in June. Hell join speedskater Cindy Klassen, the victorious mens eight rowing team of 2008, speedskating coach Marcel Lacroix, hockey coach Pat Quinn and the late, former Alberta premier Ralph Klein among the 2014 inductees. Sports journalist Richard Garneau, who covered 23 Olympic Games, will receive the Canadian Olympic Order posthumously. While Shewfelt agrees no Canadian beat a path to the podium for him, he didnt feel isolated in his quest. "Why did it happen for me? I wasnt by myself," Shewfelt said. "I had tons of supporters, amazing teammates, my national federation was so supportive of the dream. They sent me around the world when I was 17 to get that experience. I just never wavered in my belief that it was possible. "I watched the Russians, I watched the Americans, the Chinese and the Japanese and I imagined myself being just like them. I did have incredible Canadian ambassadors in sport, Jennifer Wood was my idol, Curtis Hibbert, Stella Umeh, these are people I really looked up to. "For myself, I wanted to take it to the next level and I guess it took a lot of courage for myself to do that, but it was something I was willing to risk. I knew as an athlete that when I ended by career, I wanted to look back and have no regrets. I had to chase the biggest dream possible." Shewfelt, 31, retired in 2009 after competing in three Olympic Games. He broke both legs in competition less than a year out from the 2008 Summer Games, yet finished ninth in the vault and 11th in the floor routine in Beijing. Shewfelt, who has a vault named after him, recently opened a gymnastics school in the city. The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame was established in 1949. It is housed in the Frank King Olympic Visitors Centre at Calgarys Canada Olympic Park about a kilometre from Canadas Sports Hall of Fame. Previous inductees into the Olympic Hall of Fame include wrestler Daniel Igali, swimmer Mark Tewksbury, synchronized swimmer Caroline Waldo and sprinter Donovan Bailey. The class of 2014 was revealed Wednesday in downtown Calgary along with the announcement that the city will host a three-day celebration June 4-6 of Canadas performance at the Sochi Games. Shewfelt and Lacroix, who coached Christine Nesbitt and the mens pursuit team to Olympic gold in 2010, attended the news conference. Quinn and members of the mens eight participated in a conference call. Klein spearheaded Calgarys bid for the 1988 Winter Games when he was mayor of the city. Albertas premier from 1992 to 2006 died last year at the age of 70. Winnipegs Klassen won five medals, including one gold, at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee at the time, labelled her "the woman of the Games." With six career medals, she and Clara Hughes are Canadas most decorated Olympians of all time. Klassen, 34, did not compete in trials to qualify for Sochi because of a concussion. She has yet to announce her retirement from speedskating. Canada won the first mens hockey gold in 50 years in 2002 with Quinn behind the bench. Canadians were still stinging from finishing out of the medals four years earlier when NHL players first participated in the Winter Games. It didnt help that Canada got off to a rough start in Salt Lake City with a loss to Sweden. "In the first game, we had eight lousy minutes," Quinn recalled. "Everybody was down after the first loss to Sweden. By the time we reviewed the tape of the game, we knew that we werent that far off. Even though the score was ugly, the game wasnt ugly." The leadership of Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic and Joe Nieuwendyk steered the team through choppy waters and also got young players on the team to toe the line, Quinn said. "Our leadership took over and said this is the way were going to do it," Quinn said. "That was when we simply had a change in our mindset about what team means. We got these young guys paying attention through the process. "Thats what saved us in Salt Lake. Our goal was to get better shift by shift because we had no real practice time and thats where the coach needs his team to come together is through practice. We used the early games as a practice to get ready for the final round." The mens eight of coxswain Brian Price, Andrew Byrnes, Ben Rutledge, Dominic Seiterle, Kyle Hamilton, Malcolm Howard, Jake Wetzel, Adam Kreek and Kevin Light led the final from start to finish to win gold in Beijing. It was a tale of redemption after a heavily favoured Canadian crew finished out of the medals four years earlier. The Canadians dodged early pitfalls in Beijing. Primed and ready for their first heat, races were cancelled that day due to lightning. "Picture a bunch of racehorses or dogs at a race track and theyre all revved up to go and attack and they have all this energy and adrenaline built up," Kreek explained. "We were like these racehorses ready to run, these hunting dogs ready to pounce." With officials hustling boats off the course, Price used what little time they had to get hard rows in as they headed for the docks. "We didnt have to go back and sit on bikes or on the rowing machine and try to get some work in," Hamilton said. "We were able to manipulate the situation to make sure we got our work in and were ready to go. "Instead of just paddling back, Brian had already shifted us into the next day into the next race plan. That really kind of set us up for the next day, set us up for the regatta and told the young guys on the crew that we were ready to go, we knew what we were doing and we could handle every situation." They needed that composure the following day. Not 500 metres into their heat, the Australians blew a rudder and veered towards the Canadian boat. "Were seeing this Australian boat coming towards us and its going to pierce right through our hull," Kreek recalled. "The eight of us wont act unless Brian says something. Brian sees the Aussies coming at us and says take five strokes now. "All eight of us take the biggest strokes of our life. We barely missed the Aussie boat as it skidded right behind our stern." Lacroix coached Nesbitt and the mens pursuit team of Denny Morrison, Mathieu Giroux and Lucas Makowsky to gold at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C. Now the associate director of sport at Calgarys Olympic Oval, Lacroix says Canadas sport system now recognizes and values the coachs contribution to an athletes performance. One example is the Canadian Olympic Committee now pays medal bonuses to coaches of Olympic medallists. "From the provincial level all the way to the national team and to the COC, there is a big push in terms of recognizing the profession of coaching," Lacroix said. "It has become a profession. Now with the bonuses that are given to the coaches for their effort, I think it is showing a lot of respect for that profession at all levels." James Rodriguez Jersey . -- Slugger Jose Abreu, All-Star left-hander Chris Sale and closer Matt Lindstrom are on the disabled list. 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The complaint says Goodell is prohibited from punishing players for any aspect of the case occurring before the new collective bargaining agreement was signed last August.WINNIPEG - Some of Winnipegs young NHL prospects have been getting a lot of ice time during the pre-season but things look to get a little tighter as the week progresses, coach Paul Maurice said Monday.Our younger players especially, or those guys that are fighting for spots, now have to do something to get back into the lineup, he said as the team prepared to leave for Edmonton for the first three pre-season games this week.Theres just not many spots. Weve got to get some of our lines and our deep pairings together.For some young rookies, the ride up til now has been pretty sweet.Its a good opportunity and Im pretty excited to keep playing, said Adam Lowry of the St. Johns IceCaps, the Jets AHL farm team, who hasnt missed a pre-season game yet.The six-foot-five forward, who plays both centre and wing, looks about the most comfortable of any of the rookies on the ice, likely because of that last season spent in the AHL.Yeah, I think last year was huge in just allowing me to get comfortable playing the pro game, he said.Nik Ehlers, Nic Petan and Josh Morrissey also have survived the rookie cuts and are continuing to see plenty of action.Im definitely enjoying it for sure, playing in front of these crowds is amazing, said Ehlers, 18, Winnipegs 1st round pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft.He admits hes found the learning curve steep.Obviously its really hard here, he said. Im progressing pretty good right now from game to game and thats what I wanted, so Im happy with that.It also doesnt hurt their chances for more ice time that minor injuries have taken a toll.After tonight were still going to have four or five guys out with injuries, head coach Paul Maurice said as the team prepared to head to Edmonton for the first of three games this week.And hes keeping other veterans out of the lineup as well.There will be two or three veteran guys that just dont need to be out there every night. Toby Enstrom is the kind of gguy that probably falls into that category.ddddddddddddEnstrom was on the list of players not in the lineup for Edmonton that also included Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian.On the injured list, the most serious is likely the eye injury suffered by off-season acquisition TJ Galiardi that required surgery to repair a torn retina.He says he was worried initially he might lose the sight in his left eye, which was cut by a stick that slipped under his visor during practice. He says the eye is healing and he hopes to be cleared to at least start working out soon.Obviously I want to get out there as soon as I can but its all dependent on how the eye is doing, he saidIts pretty crazy how quickly the body heals. A couple of days ago I couldnt open my eye at all and now Ive got (it) about 60 per cent open . . . but Im just grateful I can see and will be healthy.Maurice says the young players who remain are there for a reason and some of it isnt just because of what theyve done this month.There is as reward for work done in the past, even if its not with the Jets, said the coach. If you get drafted in the first round, theres a reason for that.But he says the four also have stuck around because theyve earned the right.Theyve played well. I want to see them play. I like taking a real young lineup into Edmonton tonight.He says he still hasnt made final decisions about his opening lineup for the regular season, although he has a pretty good idea what it will be.As a coach Ive got my lineup three days before camp starts, in my head, and then you watch and learn and see what the young players, the new players, have brought to your lineup and who steals roles.So, if youre asking me today, could I put a lineup on the board for opening night? Yes I could, but its certainly not final and thats what the rest of these exhibition games are for. China NFL Jerseys White Youth NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Jerseys White Cheap Jerseys China China NFL Hoodies China Jerseys ' ' '
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