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As an elite athlete and Olympic gold medallist, how did you make the transition to sports broadcaster?Well, the camera never scared me – I always enjoyed doing interviews and tried to have fun with them. Nike Air Max 180 . And when an opportunity presents itself, I like to dive at it head-first. When I was competing on Battle of the Blades, [I was asked] to come in for a screen test with Leafs TV. It was something I was interested in, so I immediately decided to jump at it. I fell in love with the job the second they put that mic in my hand, and Ive worked hard every day trying to get better. Its my new passion.How does your experience in sports shape your perspective on what athletes go through?Being an athlete is a privilege, its not something I took for granted. And its something that allows me to connect with and relate to other athletes as theyre competing at the top level.  Having been able to play at such a high level, Ive seen a lot of fantastic athletes and the way they prepare. You can relate with steps theyre walking through: going over shifts in their mind, or even calming their nerves [in the clutch]. And the quality that all competitive athletes have in common is the fact that we all want to be perfect. Thats what we strive for, even though its never really attainable. So I understand that feeling, and I empathize with them. Youre well known as an Olympic hockey player, but do you play any other sports?I was most focused on hockey and soccer up until I went to college, and I ended up having to choose one, because you cant play both. But in high school I played flag football, softball, basketball, cross country, track and field, soccer, and of course hockey.  I just enjoy competing, and I think it was also a cheap excuse to get out of class sometimes!One other sport Im passionate about: I recently fell in love with my road bike. Ive got the need for speed. Oh, and I also play tennis with friends for fun. By no means am I Serena Williams, though in my head sometimes I do think I hit as hard as she does!You were a panelist for womens hockey broadcasts on TSN during the Sochi Olympics. What was it like covering a team you played for?Those are my best friends – theyre my sisters. I spent years training with them. Weve laughed together, cried together, won together, and learned together. So to step in and cover it was an emotional experience, having just been released from the team. It was also a great learning experience for me. I wanted to give not only the Canadian women but the sport of womens hockey the best possible coverage, because I think they deserve it. I put a lot of pressure on myself to come up with unique points to break down the game differently, not only to show how skilled these athletes are, but to teach the viewer about our sport, because its a little different from the mens game. Due to the no body contact rules, its a speed and finesse game.   It made me proud to be able to talk about my friends, not only from Canada, but the USA, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, and more. To share their stories with the rest of Canada, and to let viewers know how much attention they deserve.Youre also part of the Champions network with the Special Olympics, how did you get involved with it?It was actually through Jamie Salé. I got to know her through Battle of the Blades, and she was so helpful and patient – I dont know if Id have been able to half the things on that show if it werent for her. She reached out to me and asked if Id be interested in helping out. Im an honourary chair with Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, and this was another chance to give back and stay involved with the athletic community, so it was an easy decision. Weve got a really good team in place, and there are many events to come.Who were your sports heroes growing up?As a kid, you always look up to your parents. My mom played baseball. She was a rover, and she had a hot glove. And my dad played hockey at the collegiate level and junior level in Sudbury. My dad coached a college team, the Cambrian College Golden Shields, and I lived at the rink, watching them play. So my dads hockey players were my first true hockey idols. They were a big, tough team, and it helped shape my game. I wasnt the biggest, but I played mean.When womens hockey emerged with the Womens World Championship in 1990, there was one player who I played a lot like, and that was Geraldine Heaney. She came to Sudbury one year to my dads hockey school, so I actually got to play with my idol at the age of 12. She snapped a picture with me wearing her silver medal from Nagano, and I knew immediately that the Olympics was something I was prepared to do anything for. Whats your favourite sports team?I went to college at Ohio State University, so Im a Buckeye. I bleed scarlet and grey through and through. Aaron Ward tries to make fun of me about it, but his Michigan Wolverines have a hard time standing up to the Buckeyes. Ohio State-Michigan football games are the best: I remember one game at the end of the year we beat them 52-49, and I rushed the field with everyone and ripped out part of the 50-yard line. We planted it in our front yard at the house I lived in.Youre currently hosting TSNs French Open Primetime broadcasts, who are some players youre looking forward to covering at the tournament?Well, I think Roger Federer owns the title of most talented, but Novak Djokovic is the most entertaining tennis player out there. I always like watching him because he brings lightheartedness to the game. He pushes the envelope of traditional tennis etiquette. And of course the young Canadian players: Eugenie Bouchard is so young and so talented, and Milos Raonic is just waiting for his breakthrough moment. This is the first tennis tournament Ive covered, and if he does well, obviously I must have had something to do with it, right? Maybe that will be my claim to fame.Tessa Bonhomme hosts French Open Primetime, airing every evening of the tournament on TSN. Visit TSN.ca for full schedule info. Nike Air Max Flair Nere . - Chris Davis hit a two-run double, scoring Nelson Cruz in his Orioles debut in Baltimores 9-7 win over to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. Air Max 95 Neon . With the team he supported as a child on the verge of reaching the Champions League semifinals for the first time in 19 years, Ba instead scored the goal that knocked them out.The Toronto Raptors will try to snap a four-game losing streak Saturday night when they welcome their Atlantic Division rivals, the Boston Celtics, to Air Canada Centre. The Raptors lost the last three games on a western road trip, then came home and fell to the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night. Toronto fell into a tie for third in the Eastern Conference, but still owns an 8 1/2-game lead in the division. On Thursday, Kyle Lowry recorded 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead Toronto in a 103-95 home loss to the Hornets. The loss snapped a five- game home winning streak for the Raptors. Lou Williams chipped in 15 points off the bench, followed by 11 from Greivis Vasquez. Jonas Valanciunas added 10 and six rebounds, but the starting forward combination of Landry Fields and Amir Johnson combined for five points. The Hornets took a nine-point lead after three quarters, but the Raptors fought. Patrick Pattersons tip-in whittled the deficit to 99-95 with 42.3 seconds left. Charlottes Kemba Walker, however, nailed a back-breaking, step-back left wing jumper at the other end with the shot clock winding down to essentially seal the outcome. Weve got to find seven or eight guys interested in competing at that high level, Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. The Raptors still have the Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans left on this homestand. Bostons three-game road trip comes to an end Saturday. It opened the trip with a win at Brooklyn, but was dealt a 107-103 overtime loss against Indiana last night. The Celtics had to shuffle their lineup prior to the game after sending Brandan Wrightt to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a protected 2015 first- round pick as well as a trade exception. Air Max 2018 Elite. Wright was acquired in the Rajon Rondo deal a few weeks ago. It was also reported leading scorer Jeff Green is expected to be traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for veteran Tayshaun Prince and another protected first- round pick. The Celtics and Grizzlies are allegedly awaiting authorization from a third unidentified team to complete that trade. Celtics guard Avery Bradley knows its a business and the team must remain focused on winning. Its not a distraction at all, Bradley told the teams website. Its part of the business. Were all professionals and all we can do is focus on the game and thats what we all were doing. The Celtics lost focus in overtime Friday against the Pacers, who scored 13 of the 22 points in the extra period after allowing 34 points in the fourth quarter. Bradley led the way with 23 points and buried a big 3-pointer to send the game into OT. Brandon Bass scored 17 and Evan Turner finished with nine points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. Turners bucket made it 103-102 with less than two minutes remaining, but the Pacers battled back behind David West. It was a tough day. A unique day, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens remarked. We came out and battled. Boston has lost eight of its last 10 games, and is only 4-11 on the road. It will begin a three-game homestand Monday versus New Orleans, Atlanta and Chicago. The Raptors defeated the Celtics in Boston on Nov. 5 and have taken three in a row and five of the last six in this series. Toronto is 3-0 in recent history as the host against the Cs. ' ' '
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