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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:37 AM

Follow Your Team: Canadian Paralympic Committee Announces London 2012 Paralympic Games Coverage

Opening and Closing Ceremonies and daily highlight shows available across broadcast and digital platforms, including first-ever Paralympic Games with multiple live streams
OTTAWA, July 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Now it will be easier than ever to follow your Canadian Paralympic Team as they strive for gold in London August 29 to September 9, 2012!
The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is pleased to announce its broadcast agreement with Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium and its partners to provide Canadian coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games - in addition to the live, up-to-the minute Team Canada results, photos, videos, schedules and news that will be available on www.paralympic.ca every day of the Games.
"We are extremely pleased with the broadcast coverage plan for the London 2012 Paralympic Games," said Henry Storgaard, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "The Consortium and its partners are providing more hours of coverage in Canada than any other previous Paralympic Summer Games broadcaster. It is important that these performances are available so Canadians across the country can watch and cheer some of Canada's best athletes!"
"We are very happy to share the stories of Paralympic athletes with Canadians during this all-important time for amateur sports," added Adam Ashton, President, Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. "We know the Canadian public will be eager to cheer on Team Canada as they take on the world in London."
Online Streaming
For the first time in history, Canadians can watch live multiple online streams of Paralympic Summer Games throughout the 12 days of competition. Five digital streams will offer a total of 580 hours of live coverage. Three feeds will offer daily uninterrupted coverage of swimming, wheelchair basketball, and athletics, while two additional channels will cover a range of sports and a will show a "best of" coverage from the day. All digital channels can be accessed from CTVParalympics.ca and RDSparalympiques.ca.
In addition to the live streaming, the Consortium's digital coverage also includes a comprehensive video on demand and Paralympic news library available online and via mobile platforms.
Television
Daily highlights will be broadcast from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST showcasing the day's performances, medal winners, athlete interviews and event features. Complete coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will also be available on several networks including TSN2, Sportsnet One, RDS, and RDS2. A complete television broadcast schedule will be published in August.
Additionally, two of the features from the Consortium's Difference Makers series will feature Paralympians. Hosted by Rick Hansen (English) and Chantal Petitclerc (French), the series asks elite athletes to reveal inspiring stories of those who made a difference in their lives.
Website and Social Media
Supporting the online streaming and television broadcast initiatives will be athlete biographies, competition updates, results and photos on both Paralympic.ca and CTVParalympics.ca/RDSparalympiques.ca.
In addition, the CPC partnered with the Consortium earlier this year to create its London 2012 Paralympic Games promotional campaign, Super Athletes. The Super Athlete spots are a dramatic and edgy look at some of Canada's best Paralympians in short vignettes identified by the nickname of the featured athlete. Examples include: The Shark, The Heat, The Professor and The Pit Bull. To view the entire library of Super Athlete videos visit www.Paralympic.ca/superathletes.
Canadians can also stay connected through the CPC's Twitter and Facebook accounts @CDNParalympics and facebook.com/CDNParalympics.
The Team Canada Today Newsletter will be produced and available for download on the Canadian Paralympic Committee's website each and every day of the Games. Users can sign up for the newsletter distribution here: http://paralympic.ca.../2012-News.html.
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations.
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as far as i am concerned the real olympics begin when the guys start competing , they are truly inspirational people.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:54 AM

thats just brutal mis-management...
never see that at our arena for our canucks games...

we need to improve our soccer attendance though with the whitecaps...


Even with the diving component of our game.



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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:16 AM

Screw the olympics, just a bunch of over privilidged athletes sucking off the taxpayers teet.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:21 AM

Screw the olympics, just a bunch of over privilidged athletes sucking off the taxpayers teet.


Right. We should all stick to the over-priveledged pros...
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:25 AM

Screw the olympics, just a bunch of over privilidged athletes sucking off the taxpayers teet.


Lol isn't that what all sports are?
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:41 AM

Screw the olympics, just a bunch of over privilidged athletes sucking off the taxpayers teet.


Were you complaining about it 2 years ago?
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:46 AM

Screw the olympics, just a bunch of over privilidged athletes sucking off the taxpayers teet.



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  • Athletes will receive 15 condoms each for the 17-day festival
  • 'I've seen athletes having sex out in the open, getting down and dirty on grass between buildings,' says U.S. women's goalie
  • Victoria Pendleton among the glamorous female stars offered condoms
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:49 AM


Hot damn this is one of the reasons I do love the Summer Olympics...Victoria Pendleton...yes please! Not to mention a few of the girls on the Us women's field hockey team...most notably the Reinprecht sisters.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:28 PM

Were you complaining about it 2 years ago?


No, but I also don't live in Vancouver and did't really care... I watched the hockey, but they were all pros. The only good parts of the olympics are when professional athletes are involved, the rest is just crappy unsustainable sports that no one cares about the other 206 weeks that cost the host cities hundreds of millions of dollars the taxpayers will eventually have to foot.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:33 PM

No, but I also don't live in Vancouver and did't really care... I watched the hockey, but they were all pros. The only good parts of the olympics are when professional athletes are involved, the rest is just crappy unsustainable sports that no one cares about the other 206 weeks that cost the host cities hundreds of millions of dollars the taxpayers will eventually have to foot.


I am going to disagree 100% with this mind-bogglingly inane statement. When the Olympics began, the Modern ones anyway...the only athletes allowed to compete were amateurs. In MY opinion, when the professionals started infiltrating it, the Olympics as the world knew it for years were completely ruined.

One of the greatest Olympic moments of all time, the "Miracle on Ice" involved amateur athletes, I'd wager anything if they were all NHL players, it wouldn't have been anywhere near as special or memorable.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:34 PM

I am going to disagree 100% with this mind-bogglingly inane statement. When the Olympics began, the Modern ones anyway...the only athletes allowed to compete were amateurs. In MY opinion, when the professionals started infiltrating it, the Olympics as the world knew it for years were completely ruined.

One of the greatest Olympic moments of all time, the "Miracle on Ice" involved amateur athletes, I'd wager anything if they were all NHL players, it wouldn't have been anywhere near as special or memorable.

And of course one of the greatest Olympic moments of all time, the Summit Series, 40 years ago, involved professional athletes. Hardly ruined.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:38 PM

And of course one of the greatest Olympic moments of all time, the Summit Series, 40 years ago, involved professional athletes. Hardly ruined.


I think to be honest I was more speaking about how the Olympics are usually the crowning achievement for a lot of the non-professionals...and for someone to sit there and say "no one cares" is incredibly disrespectful to the gymnasts and skiers and figure skaters just to name a few that train all of their lives for that one shot at Olympic gold medal glory. Professional athletes get paid for what they do outside of the Olympics...these kids don't have that luxury.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:55 PM

I think to be honest I was more speaking about how the Olympics are usually the crowning achievement for a lot of the non-professionals...and for someone to sit there and say "no one cares" is incredibly disrespectful to the gymnasts and skiers and figure skaters just to name a few that train all of their lives for that one shot at Olympic gold medal glory. Professional athletes get paid for what they do outside of the Olympics...these kids don't have that luxury.


Ohhh the glory of winning a ski-dancing medal, or a kayaking medal, or a curling medal, or a horse jumping medal... what a terrible thing to disrespect. These kids don't have the luxury that the pros do because they chose to get good at a sport that no one is willing to pay to watch outside of the olympics.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:00 PM

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Ohhh the glory of winning a ski-dancing medal, or a kayaking medal, or a curling medal, or a horse jumping medal... what a terrible thing to disrespect. These kids don't have the luxury that the pros do because they chose to get good at a sport that no one is willing to pay to watch outside of the olympics.


One of the most douchey things I have ever read, in all my 29 years on this planet. Just because something someone else is good at doesn't quite measure up to your incredibly biased view of importance doesn't make them unimportant to THEM and those who love them..... and your just staggering ignorance of what the Olympics actually stands for makes me ashamed to count you among my genus.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:03 PM

It kinda ruins the sense of competition if you don't allow people because they're too good at a sport.

"Sorry professional athlete, you're too good, we want less talented athletes to compete".

Devoid of any sense.

Maybe they should have a "less talented than professionals Olympics" for them to compete in? I wonder how many would watch.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:05 PM

even if all the VIPs sold/consigned their tickets to scalpers there is still no explanation for all the empty seats.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:11 PM

Are you really this dense? I just said, and reiterated...that when the Olympics began there WERE no professional athletes...The "professionals Olympics" are the sports these incredibly overpaid interlopers compete in. The Olympics, up until 1988, were strictly non-professional. Maybe you ought to do a little research on a topic before you make yourself look like a buffoon discussing it.

Last I checked the Summit Series was in 1972.. would you agree that's before 1988? Or are you going to accuse me again of not doing my research?
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:13 PM

Last I checked the Summit Series was in 1972.. would you agree that's before 1988? Or are you going to accuse me again of not doing my research?


Yep, I sure am...because the IOC didn't allow professional athletes to compete until the 1988 Olympics. They added it to the charter in 1986, and the first professionals weren't allowed in until 1988.

And The Summit Series most definitely wasn't part of the Olympics.

"The Series was played at a time when only amateurs were allowed to play in the Olympic Games. The Soviet players, who had Olympic experience, were amateurs by strict definition only, as they were elite players playing hockey full-time in their native country. Some were given other titular professions (e.g. army soldiers playing full-time for the Central Red Army hockey team) to maintain amateur status for Olympic eligibility. Team Canada featured the country's best professional NHLers, who by virtue of this status were ineligible for Olympic competition. For this reason, Canada had ceased competing in the IIHF World Championships and Winter Olympics after 1969."

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:14 PM

Last I checked the Summit Series was in 1972.. would you agree that's before 1988? Or are you going to accuse me again of not doing my research?


What the hell does the Summit Series have to do with the Olympics?
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:17 PM

Edit: Double post.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:31 PM

I remember this was a story in 2008 too. They were more concerned about the way it looked though so they filled it with schoolkids. I think even some of our non-Canada curling matches were filled with schoolkids.

Reminds me of when I was in elementary and I got to see a bunch of Grizzlies games for free with my whole family. People would come to our school, ask if we could attend. If we said yes, they'd just hand us as many tickets as we asked for, within reason.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:59 PM

What the hell does the Summit Series have to do with the Olympics?


I've been wondering the same thing. Of course, the correct answer is absolutely nothing....
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:01 PM

I remember this was a story in 2008 too. They were more concerned about the way it looked though so they filled it with schoolkids. I think even some of our non-Canada curling matches were filled with schoolkids.

Reminds me of when I was in elementary and I got to see a bunch of Grizzlies games for free with my whole family. People would come to our school, ask if we could attend. If we said yes, they'd just hand us as many tickets as we asked for, within reason.


2008? Curling? Did you mean 2010, maybe?
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:16 PM


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"These are the things to keep in mind. These are not just academic exercises. We're not analyzing the media on Mars or in the eighteenth century or something like that. We're dealing with real human beings who are suffering and dying and being tortured and starving because of policies that we are involved in, we as citizens of democratic societies are directly involved in and are responsible for, and what the media are doing is ensuring that we do not act on our responsibilities, and that the interests of power are served, not the needs of the suffering people, and not even the needs of the American people who would be horrified if they realized the blood that's dripping from their hands because of the way they are allowing themselves to be deluded and manipulated by the system."
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:21 PM

2008? Curling? Did you mean 2010, maybe?

No. I meant China in 2008 and then curling at our olympics in 2010
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:51 PM

One of the most douchey things I have ever read, in all my 29 years on this planet.


your just staggering ignorance of what the Olympics actually stands for makes me ashamed to count you among my genus.


I am going to disagree 100% with this mind-bogglingly inane statement.


You really need to learn how to voice an opinion without falling back on ridiculous hyperbole
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:00 PM

You really need to learn how to voice an opinion without falling back on ridiculous hyperbole


I thought he was quite eloquent myself .
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"These are the things to keep in mind. These are not just academic exercises. We're not analyzing the media on Mars or in the eighteenth century or something like that. We're dealing with real human beings who are suffering and dying and being tortured and starving because of policies that we are involved in, we as citizens of democratic societies are directly involved in and are responsible for, and what the media are doing is ensuring that we do not act on our responsibilities, and that the interests of power are served, not the needs of the suffering people, and not even the needs of the American people who would be horrified if they realized the blood that's dripping from their hands because of the way they are allowing themselves to be deluded and manipulated by the system."
Noam Chomsky

Jesus didn’t say yes to everyone. I mean Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it is not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia
Tony Abbott......Current Australian PM

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:12 PM

You really need to learn how to voice an opinion without falling back on ridiculous hyperbole


Oh my gawd, Martha .. come here, QUICK .. the pot is calling the kettle black AGAIN .. :towel:
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:16 PM

I thought he was quite eloquent myself .


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Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:23 PM

Birds of a feather



you bet and proud of it .
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"These are the things to keep in mind. These are not just academic exercises. We're not analyzing the media on Mars or in the eighteenth century or something like that. We're dealing with real human beings who are suffering and dying and being tortured and starving because of policies that we are involved in, we as citizens of democratic societies are directly involved in and are responsible for, and what the media are doing is ensuring that we do not act on our responsibilities, and that the interests of power are served, not the needs of the suffering people, and not even the needs of the American people who would be horrified if they realized the blood that's dripping from their hands because of the way they are allowing themselves to be deluded and manipulated by the system."
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