Canadian Track & Field Star Damian Warner made us all so proud at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo bringing home a gold medal for us in the Decathlon. This victory wasn’t his first Olympics success however as the 31-year-old brought home a bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics, proving age has made him even better!
The London, Ontario native who trains out of the University of WesternOntario normally faced some obstacles with that facility being shut-down during the Pandemic, making Farquharson Arena his home base in preparation for the Olympics and whatever changes that brought, it worked!
Warner has the distinction of becoming only the fourth athlete ever to score score over 9000 points with an impeccable score of 9018, setting a new Olympic record! Canadians are making their mark on every front and we couldn’t be prouder to have him bear our flag at the closing ceremonies!
We were so lucky to cross paths with Warner with his Coach Dennis Nielsen en route to a drive back to London, Ontario tonight. Warner, in great spirits with his medal stowed away in his bags was so gracious to stop for a snap and sign some autographs. A class act!
Hoping all goes smoothly in his preparations for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, which is where he has his sights set.
Bringing-in a whopping 29 medals at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and tallying-in third overall, Team Canada once again made our Country incredibly-proud! While several of our athletes flew-out, Toronto was a hotspot for sightings as several either live here in the City or used the City as a connecting point back to their homes.
Among those to return this way included the likes of bronze medal-winning Track & Field Athlete-turned-Bobsledder Phylicia George; gold medal-winning Team Event Skater Gabrielle Daleman; Canadian Women’s Hockey Team members: Haley Irwin, Natalie Spooner, Jocelyne Larocque, Sarah Nurse and Laura Stacey; and of course our darlings gold medal-winning Figure Skaters Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue.
Courtesy of Air Canada, the ambiguously-romantic Duo along with their Teammates, received a rousing welcome home greeting Fans and the Press upon landing. Moir was asked to hold a baby for a snap, with Virtue on the baby’s other side. They look at home together, don’t they? HINT HINT.
See Virtue and Moir’s touching tribute to The Tragically Hip in their Gala Spot.
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With the Olympic Games Rio 2016 coming to an end, Team Canada made their way back to Toronto last night and up and at ’em early today to talk about their experiences were 100 Metre Women’s Freestyle gold medalist Penny Oleksiak with Michelle Williams, Brittany MacLean and Sandy Mainville. The quartet started their day walking on-foot to their Breakfast Television appearance (where they munched on Tim Hortons goodies), before heading over to The Morning Show. Although there wasn’t much time for fan interaction, Oleksiak, Williams, MacLean and Mainville stopped for some Selfies with Fans after their last interview of the morning.
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Also appearing at Breakfast Television was Dancehall legend Shabba Ranks, known best for his international hit Mr. Loverman. Having appeared on the show prior, he let us know he is appearing at Sound Academy Friday night at Timeless Classics’ Mavado Meets Shabba Ranks where both icons join each other on-stage for the first time ever!
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Academy Award nominee Mariel Hemingway has visited our City many times in the past but her latest was to spread a bit of positivity and inspiration with kids suffering from Arthritis, leading a Yoga Class with Camp Cambria. She appeared over the past couple days at both Breakfast Television and The Morning Show, among other outlets. Super-lovely!
We love that Katy is back! Although she was in the news much this week and not for her Music, an actual single surfaces. Rise, produced by Max Martin, will be the official song of the Olympics for NBC and it got itself a surprise release last night. It is a bit reminiscent of her Wide Awake.
Amazing to be in the presence of royalty. Olympic Royalty, that is! Sisters Chloe, Maxime and Justine Dufour-Lapointe are in Toronto today to tell us all about their medal-winning performances in Moguls Skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The Dufour-Lapointe Sisters were spotted arriving for their appearance at Global Television‘s The Morning Show (National Edition). “No, sorry we don’t have time for Photos or Autographs”, a Handler advised, before eldest Sister Maxine made the decision to snap a quick Photo. Understandably after a long run since returning home from Sochi, they’ve probably fulfilled their share of Fan moments. Although we got photobombed, the were so nice to stop and do a second Snap! Justine brought home the gold for Canada this year, while Chloe got us a silver. Maxime still made us proud making it against the odds to the Olympics!
The Sisters also were travelling with fellow Freestyle Skiier Mikael Kingsbury, who won a Silver Medal along with gold medal-winning fellow Canadian Alexandre Bilodeau.
Some days I’m literally convinced that I was born to meet Celebrities. Today at my Day Job, I head down to the Gym to get a nice, nourishing breakfast, when I had to do a triple-take. Why in the World would Sportscaster Brian Williams be at my office working out? Well he was.
Although I’m not much of a Sports Nut, watching the Olympics as a Kid was unavoidable and you all know how much I love Horse Racing, for which he was a regular Commentator on major Race Telecasts. Brian Williams was always on CBC with a highly-distinctive manner about him which came to define much of my younger years.
We missed Williams’ familiar voice and face on CTV‘s (which he transitioned over to) coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi this year, but the Man certainly has left behind a legacy which several after him could only aspire for.
The Officer of the Order of Canada was awesome to stop and pose for a Photo by the Cash Register with me today, extending a handshake. Made. My. Life!