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Women and Sport in 2016

Last month I found myself in New York City attending the 2016 version of Advertising Week.
Similar to Team Canada, female athletes led Team USA in Rio this year in medal count. However, there still so much gender disparity in sports.
Featuring:
Laura Gentile SVP, espnW and Women’s Initiatives, espnW
Kate Fagan Sports Reporter, ESPN
Lisa Borders President, WNBA
Jemele Hill Co-host, ESPN2’s His & Hers
Amy Purdy Paralympic Snowboard Bronze Medalist & Dancing with the Stars Alum

Rio 2016 Olympic Moment: Evan Dunfee

Everyone loves the Olympics. Even the harshest critics among us can find a feel good human story once in a while. As we all experience the Olympics I’ll attempt to share a favourite moment.

Speed walking usually earns some snickering and double takes. However, these are amazing athletes just like many others in Rio, Brazil. Canada’s Evan Dunfee is one of our elite athletes. And he is also a leader in the speed walking community.

Rio 2016 Olympic Moment: Erica Wiebe

Everyone loves the Olympics. Even the harshest critics among us can find a feel good human story once in a while. As we all experience the Olympics I’ll attempt to share a favourite moment.

Erica Wiebe went from never winning a point in university wrestling to winning a Gold Medal in freestyle wrestling at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. Congratulations Erica!

Rio 2016 Olympic Moment: Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino

Everyone loves the Olympics. Even the harshest critics among us can find a feel good human story once in a while. As we all experience the Olympics I’ll attempt to share a favourite moment.

Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino are both middle distance runners competing in Brazil this summer. During their 5000 metre qualifying race Nikki and Abbey collided with Abbey bearing the brunt of the collision. What followed was what we all hope for (deep down at least). They showed what we like to call “Olympic spirit”.

Rio 2016 Olympic Moment: Adam van Koeverden

Everyone loves the Olympics. Even the harshest critics among us can find a feel good human story once in a while. As we all experience the Olympics I’ll attempt to share a favourite moment.

Adam van Koeverden is one of Canada’s most popular Olympic athletes. He’s also been able to transcend his sport. We don’t just remember Adam every four years. He has remained in our consciousness since he arrived on the kayaking scene years ago.

Recently, he wrote a piece about sexism/feminism in sports. You can read it here.

Rio 2016 Olympic Moment: Penny Oleksiak

Everyone loves the Olympics. Even the harshest critics among us can find a feel good human story once in a while. As we all experience the Olympics I’ll attempt to share a favourite moment.

Even before last night, Penny Oleksiak was the odds on favourite to carry the Canadian Flag into the Closing Ceremonies in Rio. And now, the first time Olympian, who was unsure she would even be on the swim team in Rio, has won Gold. Apparently she is the first Gold Medalist at these Games born in the 2000s.

Rio 2016 Olympic Moment: Rafaela Silva

Everyone loves the Olympics. Even the harshest critics among us can find a feel good human story once in a while. As we all experience the Olympics I’ll attempt to share a favourite moment.

“The place for a monkey is in a cage. You are not an Olympian.” That was one of the text messages gold medallist Rafaela Silva received four years ago after being disqualified in the early stages of the London 2012 Olympics for an irregular manoeuvre. BBC

Rio 2016 Olympic Moment: Canadian women gymnasts

Everyone loves the Olympics. Even the harshest critics among us can find a feel good human story once in a while. As we all experience the Olympics I’ll attempt to share a favourite moment.

The Canadian women gymnasts were not having a great day.

Rio 2016 Olympic Moment: Miguel Duran Navia

Everyone loves the Olympics. Even the harshest critics among us can find a feel good human story once in a while. As we all experience the Olympics over the next two weeks, I’ll attempt to share a favourite moment.

Here’s my first moment: