Ironfan South Africa

It was fun hanging out with the REAL athletes, once again.


Here are some of the Ironman South Africa competitors staying at my hostel in Port Elizabeth. All finishers.


official Race ReportSchildknecht and Donavan reign at Spec-Savers IRONMAN South Africa 2013


Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans

Update. NBC pulled this excellent video. I was surprised to see that CBC linked to it. That link is no longer working, either.

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This pre-Olympic fluff piece aired in the States Feb. 12th.

It’s gone viral since, one of the many positives about Canada hosting the Winter Games.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube (6min).

related – Tom Brokaw video a U.S. ‘love letter’ to Canada

Thanks Rockin’

curling the “least cool” Olympic Sport

Last week I roomed with former Navy Seal, Actor, Model and Personal Fitness Trainer Cliff Parks.

He’d rather watch a Lakers NBA game on TV (without Kobe) than the Winter Olympics. When I asked Cliff what goofy Olympic sport was the “least cool” his answer was definitive … CURLING.

What! … Who else thinks chick magnet Olympic Champion Kevin Martin isn’t cool?

And what about the Norwegian fashion statement. A highlight of the Games. Their pants Facebook page has hundreds of thousands of fans.

Cliff simply doesn’t understand curling. The Onion explains it:

… DOYLESTOWN, PA—After three hours of watching Canada take on Denmark in women’s curling Friday, regulars at the Cargo Grill in suburban Pennsylvania felt they had the rules and traditions of the sport sufficiently sussed out. “We basically think it’s like horseshoes but with ice,” bar patron Jim Comito said of the 500-year old sport. “The middle part of the bull’s-eye thing is worth two points unless they both get their pot-looking thing in the middle. Tommy said they use the brooms to clear little ice particles out of the way, but I still think it’s a static electricity thing.” By the tenth end, the entire bar felt they had enough information at their disposal to chant “Curl! Curl! Curl!” at the television.

Bar Thinks They Have Curling Figured Out

Curling not cool … Gosh golly, Cliff. Get with the 19th century!

Clara Hughes ROCKS

Clara Hughes has won the most Olympic medals of any Canadian woman, all time, tied with skating team mate Cindy Klassen.

But Clara won them in both Summer and Winter Olympics. In fact, she’s the only woman from any nation who has won more than one medal in both Summer and Winter. Amazing!

What’s next?

Clara plans future Ocean kayak adventures with her husband Peter Guzman.