Archive for February, 2014

Team Canada’s Secret to Success: Coaching

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 by paul

There is very little that differentiates teams when the world’s greatest hockey players gather on a global stage to compete for the most sought after prize in their sport. It can easily be argued that the Canadians did not ice the strongest squad in the Olympic tournament. The Russians boasted the most offensive firepower and the Americans had a well-rounded lineup with a lot to prove after losing in the gold medal game four years ago. Sweden and Finland are perennially strong when competing internationally. This was proven by Sweden’s gold medal performance at the Torino Olympics in 2006. So with so much parity in the Olympic hockey tournament, why did Canada fare so well in 2010 and 2014? The answer is simple, coaching. (more…)

Men’s Hockey Olympic Gold: An Impressive Feat

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by paul

In recent years it has appeared the hockey world is catching up to Canada. Sochi’s Olympic results are a testament to Canada’s continued focus on keeping the nation’s national sport sacred. The gold medal victories by the men’s and women’s teams are impressive feats considering the staunch competition on the men’s side and the fact that the women had to defeat the United States’ powerhouse on two separate occasions. The gold medal is more impressive on the men’s side due to the growing strength of the European nations in what was once known as Canada’s game. (more…)

What’s on Your Travel Playlist?

Posted on: February 21st, 2014 by paul

Traveling and music go hand in hand. Hearing a few simple notes of unique song that was played while you were on a memorable vacation can bring you back to that joyous moment for the rest of your life. Prepare for your next vacation by downloading the tracks that will be the soundtrack of your trip. (more…)

Add Adventure to Travel Plans

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by paul

Planning a trip? Why not make it more than just a trip and turn it into an adventure. There are many good excuses to travel to historic cities around the world but why not turn the term ‘travel’ on its side and make ‘adventure travel’ the new goal. It can be surprising how easy it is to get the heart pumping in some of the world’s greatest cities. (more…)

Tropical Countries in the Winter Olympics

Posted on: February 12th, 2014 by paul

Traditionally the winter Olympics are dominated by countries that have lots of snow. Recently there has been a trend developing for countries with warm weather climates to send representatives to the winter Olympics. Perhaps the most famous is the Jamaican bobsled team that inspired the movie ‘Cool Runnings’. The Jamaicans are back this year competing in the bobsled and have company from other countries that see Haley’s comet more often than they see snow. (more…)

Get In Shape for Summer: 3 Month Training Outline

Posted on: February 10th, 2014 by paul

It is a common goal to be in good shape for the summer. Unfortunately, over the course of the winter months, through the holiday season, personal fitness has a tendency to take the back burner to more exciting pursuits. This means it can take some time to get the body back on track. The following workout plan is a loose guideline for getting back into shape. (more…)

Surfing in Canada and Beyond

Posted on: February 6th, 2014 by paul

Learning to surf is an item found on many people’s bucket list. For those that don’t live in a coastal province in Canada, there isn’t much of an option besides traveling long distances to be able to ride a wave. (more…)

Mexico: Not Just Beaches

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 by paul

All inclusive vacations tend to be filled with relaxation, drinking, eating, and fun at the resort. However there is a cultural disconnect between life at a resort and what is really happening away from the coastal hotels. Although seven days sprawled out on a beach is fitting for a lot of people, others enjoy the stimulation of experiencing culture and viewing historically important sites. For those vacationing in Mexico, there is no better place to witness history than at Chichen Itza.  (more…)