Archive for July, 2008

UBC rowers living a legacy

Jul. 3, 2008 | Filed under: UBC Reports Stories | Tags: , ,

Seventy-six years ago, a young oarsman named Ned Pratt became the first UBC student to win an Olympic medal, claiming a bronze in the double sculls in 1932 in Los Angeles and triggering a decades-long succession of Olympic appearances for UBC rowers.

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Broad strokes power Olympic success

Jul. 3, 2008 | Filed under: UBC Reports Stories | Tags: ,

Jake Wetzel’s conceptual goal for the Beijing Olympics is to take one eight hundredths of a second out of his life.

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Fast boat to China

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When Mike Leigh was a student at UBC, the competitive sailor used some of the knowledge from his kinesiology courses to shape his training program.

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Riding the waves to success

Jul. 3, 2008 | Filed under: UBC Reports Stories | Tags: ,

If there’s a good wind up, West Vancouverite Nikola Girke can usually be found on the water. That’s not unusual for a sailor. But what is unusual is that Girke is one of the few athletes who has successfully switched from one Olympic sport to another: from sailing to windsurfing.

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Sports doc has a dream come true

Jul. 3, 2008 | Filed under: UBC Reports Stories | Tags: ,

Jack Taunton is responsible for basic and emergency health and doping control for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games – photo by Martin Dee A ski jumper lands wrong and breaks her spine. Food poisoning takes out a bobsled team. A skate blade clips a speed skater and blood gushes onto the ice. These are just [...]

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World champ seeking Olympic glory

Jul. 3, 2008 | Filed under: UBC Reports Stories | Tags: ,

Athens in 2004 was supposed to be former UBC Thunderbird Brent Hayden’s coming out party. A rising star on the Canadian swim scene, he was poised to make his mark on the world stage. As most people know, however, even the best laid plans can go awry.

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