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UBC E-BEETLE FIRST ELECTRIC CAR TO CROSS CANADA

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History made in an E-Beetle.

This is an amazing accomplishment!  6,400 km in 16 days, showing the durability of electric-powered cars.  If you want to follow their whole journey in retrospect, here’s the UBC Electric Car Club’s E-Beetle blog.  And here’s their video:

From their site:

At 6:00 PM AST, the UBC Electric Car Club’s E-Beetle arrives at ALDERNY LANDING, DARTMOUTH NS and is the first-ever electric car  to complete a coast to coast voyage across Canada. Starting on August 21st, 2010, the E- Beetle has covered 6400 kilometers in 16 days (2 days break in Quebec

waiting for Hurricane Earl to pass) without any support vehicles, using only existing infrastructure.

The E-Beetle’s voyage has been featured on Wired.com, CTV, CBC, and in print media across Canada. The public is able to track the E-Beetle’s arrival by GPS via the UBCECC website.

The E-Beetle is powered by a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery pack with a capacity of 50 Kilowatt Hours, giving it a range of 300km at 100km/h and 500km at 50km/h with a top speed of 140kmh. Charging time is approximately 4 hours.

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chariot festival parade

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One of Vancouver’s well-known stilt-walkers rests after taking part in the Hare Krishna parade en route to the 37th annual Chariot Festival in Stanley Park today.

, originally uploaded by inklake.

Canadian XC sprint relay teams through to finals

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Both the men’s and women’s teams have made it through to the XC relay sprint finals.

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Men’s semis results. The men finished 4th.

Women’s semis results. The women finished 7th.

Disappointment

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Real disappointment from the Canadian Alpine Ski team. No one can be more disappointed that Manuel Osborne-Paradis. His Olympics are now over.

Do they have the skiers to redeem themselves in the remaining non-speed events?

Over the past two years, Osborne-Paradis has done his best to downplay the Games, at one point saying he would rather win the overall World Cup skiing title than an Olympic gold. In the lead-up to Vancouver, countless reporters asked him how he was going to handle the pressure of skiing in front of hometown fans. His answer was always the same: I’ll treat it like every other event. This afternoon, standing in front of reporters yet again—his medal hopes dashed—he was asked whether the pressure finally got to him. After a long pause, he answered this way: “I liked the pressure. I liked the fact that people’s eyes were on me and wanted me to do well, because I think I’ve always done better like that. The expectations push you harder. I liked it. There was a lot of it here, and it was more than we’ve ever had, but I don’t think I succumbed to anything. I think it was just a good opportunity, and it was an opportunity lost.”

Do Canadians have a right to be disappointed, not only in you, but the rest of your teammates? “They have a reason to be disappointed,” he said. “Everybody has a reason to be disappointed. That’s what the expectations were—and that was our expectation, too.”

Alpine Canada sends 19 to Whistler

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Julien Cousineau, an Olympian after a spectacular 5th in Schladming last weekend

Named to the team today are:

WOMEN

• Brigitte Acton, Mont Tremblant, Que.
• Emily Brydon, Fernie, B.C.
• Marie-Michele Gagnon, Lac Etchemin, Que.
• Anna Goodman, Montreal
• Britt Janyk, Whistler, B.C.
• Shona Rubens, Canmore, Alta.
• Erin Mielzynski, Guelph, Ont.

MEN

• Julien Cousineau, Lachute, Que.
• Robbie Dixon, Whistler
• Jeffrey Frisch, Mont Tremblant
• Erik Guay, Mont Tremblant
• Louis-Pierre Helie, Berthierville, Que.
• Jan Hudec, Calgary
• Michael Janyk, Whistler
• Tyler Nella, Toronto
• Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Invermere, B.C.
• Ryan Semple, Mont Tremblant
• Brad Spence, Calgary
• Trevor White, Calgary

Canada’s cross-country ski team the strongest ever

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This is big news. Canada has been a perennial force in alpine skiing, but to have a strong cross-country team is really new. Props to them for the rapid development.

Photograph by: Dominic Ebenbichler, Reuters
Photograph by: Dominic Ebenbichler, Reuters

By Kristina Rutherford, CTVOlympics.ca
September 24

The strongest cross-country ski team in Canadian history is gearing up for the Vancouver Olympics.

Never before has Canada fielded a team with the number of medal contenders as the one preparing to kick off the World Cup season, national team leader Dave Wood said Thursday following the team’s official announcement in Canmore, Alta.

“The team we’ll take into the Games next February, I believe, will be the strongest and the deepest team we’ve ever head,” said Wood, a fixture with the national program for more than a decade.

“In 2006, we had a couple of strong people. In 2002 we had one. And now, we’ve got four boys that had podiums last year in the World Cup. Sara Renner and Chandra Crawford have had podiums everywhere.

“Things are looking good for us.”

Read the entire article here.

Canadian women’s four wins bronze at rowing worlds

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29/08/09
CBC Sports

Canada won its first medal at the world rowing championships in Poznan, Poland, on Saturday, as the women’s four took bronze.

The crew of Sandra Kisil of Ancaster, Ont., Sarah Waterfield of Kingston Ont., Jennifer Tuters of Peterborough, Ont., and Emma Darling of Burnaby, B.C., finished in six minutes 36.87 seconds, less than a second behind the U.S. (6:36.01) for second.

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