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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, 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.

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.


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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:


• 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.


• 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,
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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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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Pain Contest

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Leaving the dock

I’m especially interested in the article below because I did a feature last summer on the Canadian Men’s Eight and their Erg (ergometer/indoor rowing machine) training called “Pain Contest”.

Here’s the video about the Beijing gold-medal winning crew; below is an article about a sensational Danish rower who has broken the world record on the Erg twice this year …

Erg versus water, that is the question

The indoor rowing machine, or ergometer, love or loath it, the machine has become a vital training tool for rowers. Today at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland, world record holder on the erg, Henrik Stephansen raced on the water. Denamark Lightweight Double

Coming from Denmark, Stephansen is part of a rowing programme that does not always have the luxury of rowing on the water. It is often too cold and sometimes too rough. So Danish Rowing has adapted by training indoors. Earlier this year lightweight athlete Stephansen went under six minutes over 2000m on the indoor rowing machine. His time of 5:58.5 set a World Record that was previously thought unachievable.

Read the entire article here.

Canadian crews rowing their way into medal contention

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Great news from the World Rowing Championships for Canada.

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Several crews have moved on to either the finals or semis. Not mentioned in this article is that the lightweight men’s four and the Women’s Eight both moved on. The Women’s Eight and the coxed men’s pairs team are into the final and the men’s four has advanced to the semi-finals. The News is a lot more scarce than it was about the world athletics championships a week ago but still, good reports out of Poznan.

Canadian crews rowing their way into medal contention
Canwest News Service
Published: Monday, August 24, 2009

Canadian boats have taken the next step toward the finals at the world rowing championships in Poznan, Poland.

The Canadian men’s eights crew, which captured the gold medal at the Olympic Games last summer in Beijing, has moved onto the finals, while the lightweight men’s and women’s doubles advanced to the semifinals. Another three Canadian boats will have to qualify through the repechage.

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Watch out for …

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The World Rowing Championship heats begin tomorrow morning in Poznan, Poland. Three BC crews are in serious contention. Here’s an article from

Men’s Eight (M8+)

There is no denying the joy and relief on the face of the Germans when they won this event at the final stage of the 2009 Rowing World Cup series. In second, Bergen and van KnotsenburgCanada looked quite pleased as well. The Canadians are the Olympic Champions but have almost an entirely new line-up this year. Only Andrew Byrnes and Malcolm Howard remain from the Beijing eight.

Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls (LW2x)

Great Britain seems to have found a golden combination. Hester Goodsell and Sophie Hosking are unbeaten this sheryl preston and lindsay jennerichseason and with this have forged new ground for British women lightweights.

The big challenges to the British are likely to be in the form of Canada. Lindsay Jennerich and Sheryl Preston (pictured right) have two bronze medals from this season which puts them in a little ahead of Germany (Marie-Louise Draeger and Anja Noske) on the points table of the 2009 Rowing World Cup series.

Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls (LM2x)

A range of 22 countries are entered in this event with the top contender vandor sylvesterlikely to be Storm Uru and Peter Taylor of New Zealand. Canada’s Douglas Vandor and Cameron Sylvester have shared two seasons and were right behind the New Zealanders at the final stage of the Rowing World Cup.

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Speed skiers on snow in NZ

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osborne paradis

The Olympic season began in earnest for members of Canada’s alpine ski teams last week, with the men’s team training on the snow at Coronet Peak, near Queenstown, New Zealand.

Whistler’s Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who won the first World Cup downhill race of his career in Kvitfjell, Norway last season is one of the 16 ski racers at the high-intensity camp.

“Obviously everyone knows what’s at stake this year with the Olympics in Whistler. And this is the beginning of the process,” said the 24-year-old Osborne-Paradis, a 2006 Olympian who has six career World Cup podium results. “I have actually never been to New Zealand and so I am looking forward to getting there and getting back on the snow.”

Read full article on Pique

The men’s team is highlighted by John Kucera who won the gold medal in the men’s downhill at the World Championships in Val D’Isere, France during the month of February. At the same competition, Jan Hudec fell and injured his knee. After surgery and recovery, Hudec, along with teammates Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Erik Guay will all be training over the summer.

vanderbeekTechincal skier Michael Janyk will be attending the camp after winning a bronze medal, Canada’s first ever World Championship technical medal, also in Val D’Isere.

The ladies team will be headlined by Britt Janyk, Geneviève Simard, Emily Brydon and Kelly VanderBeek, all of whom have earned World Cup podium finishes.

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Canadian Men’s rowing looking to move past Beijing Gold

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Derek O’Farrell and Gabe Bergen. Two of the newest members of Canada’s Men’s Eight rowing team. They’re heading to Poznan, Poland for the World Championships beginning on August 23rd.

Derek and Gabe, originally uploaded by inklake.

National Rowing HQ at Elk Lake, BC

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I’ll be working on location with the rowers from the Canadian National Rowing team over the next couple of days in Elk Lake, BC.Dock

This year, we’ll be doing stories on the new Canadian Men’s Eight (last year’s won GOLD at the Shunyi Basin, Beijing 2008), and the Men’s and Women’s Lightweight Doubles.

All three crews had great results at the prestigious Lucerne (Switzerland) regatta a few weeks ago, and we’re preparing stories to be broadcast for this year’s World Championships in Poznan, Poland.

boathouse, originally uploaded by inklake.

I took the photo above of last year’s Men’s Eight (M8+) taking their boat out for an early morning training session.

Happy Canada Day!!

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oh canada, originally uploaded by inklake.

Last year we spent Canada Day in Washington State so we had to make our own flag … on a beautiful wild beach on the west coast of the Olympic peninsula. We made it out of sand, stones and driftwood in Strawberry Bay on Third Beach. It was one of the best Canada Days we’ve had.

HD flip monitor

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HD flip monitor, originally uploaded by inklake.

Gary Reed shoot on the UVic track. Gary seen through the HD monitor on the camera. This shot became the opening sequence of the feature posted above.