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Sports Quick Hits: June 21st, 2021

June 21, 2021
Source: Mike Lewis/Ola Vista Photography
Source: Mike Lewis/Ola Vista Photography

🥇Olympics: With only a month before the first Olympic events begin, some athletes are still qualifying. The Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials began over the weekend — where current 100m backstroke world champion and mermaid, Kylie Masse, broke her own Canadian record — and will continue through Wednesday

⛳️Golf: It wasn’t meant to be for Canadian and all-round good guy Mackenzie Hughes this weekend. He finished tied for 15th in the U.S. Open yesterday, 7 strokes behind winner, Spaniard Jon Rahm. Turns out, getting your ball stuck in a tree isn’t great for your final score.

🏀NBA: Canada’s basketball GOAT is out. Even though Kevin Durant did the absolute most, head coach Steve Nash and his Brooklyn Nets lost Game 7 to the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime on Saturday. The Bucks will now face the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals while the Phoenix Suns lead the LA Clippers 1-0 in the west. 

🏎F1: Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen found his wings during the second-last lap of yesterday’s French Grand Prix, when he passed reigning champ Lewis Hamilton and won his third race of the season. Next up is a double-header in Austria, where the W Series season is also set to start (more about that Saturday *wink wink*). 

🏅Multiple parties raise concern over Olympics in Tokyo

May 27, 2021
Source: Bangkok Post
Source: Bangkok Post

 The latest: Yesterday, Japan’s (and the world’s!) second-largest newspaper by circulation, Asahi Shimbun, is the latest organization to call for the Games’ cancellation, just two days after the U.S. government and the CDC warned Americans against travel to Japan. 

  • And Asahi’s call is not self-serving. The newspaper is an official Olympic partner, and therefore could stand to lose big bucks if the Games don’t go on.
  • Top doctors in Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, have also joined the call for cancellation, citing the overwhelming stress on their health-care system.

The teams: In the early days of the pandemic, the Canadian Olympic Committee was among the first to pull their athletes out of the Games, and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee was in talks with their athletes before organizers decided to pull the plug on last summer’s event.

  • One postponement and 14 months later, it looks like both Team Canada and Team USA are committed to attending the Games...for now. 
  • Given the uncharted territory, we’re not sure when the International Olympic Committee will make a final decision, if at all.
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Quick Hits - May 20th, 2021

May 20, 2021
Source: Adam Hunger/AP Photo
Source: Adam Hunger/AP Photo

 🏀WNBA: Is it too soon to call the New York Liberty the Cinderella story of the season? After finishing dead last with only two wins in 2020, they’re currently dominating the W with three wins in three games and no chance of slowing down. 

  • Of course, the triple-double queen herself, Sabrina Ionescu (pronounced yo-NESC-ooo), may have a little (read: huge) something to do with this turnaround.

🥇Olympics: With just 64 days until the Tokyo Olympics, the Games are once again/still in jeopardy. Ahead of a three-day meeting between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Games organizers, Tokyo’s medical body published a letter yesterday calling for the Games’ cancellation.

  • Less than 2% of Japan’s residents are fully vaccinated, and Tokyo's top physicians are concerned for their already-strained health-care system. Nevertheless, the IOC is confident they can keep the Games “safe and secure.”. 

⚾️MLB: No-hitters are all the rage right now (somebody should’ve told Atlanta Braves pitcher Jacob Webb before he hit NY Met Kevin Pillar’s face). On Tuesday, Detroit Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull recorded the league’s fifth no-hitter of the season, and last night, NY Yankee Corey Kluber recorded the sixth. Hey batters, you up? 

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How COVID-19 is Still Impacting Sports

April 22, 2021
Source: Michael Dwyer/AP
Source: Michael Dwyer/AP

🏒Hockey: For the second straight year, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championship (WWC) is canceled. The premier annual event for women’s hockey was to be held in Halifax starting May 6th. It’s going to take us a while to get over this one.

🏈Football: The CFL announced that they’re pushing back the start of the regular season from June to August, and reducing the number of games from 18 to 14. And if watching the Grey Cup in an outdoor stadium in November wasn’t already cold enough, it’s been to December 12th. We’ll gladly watch from home, thanks.

🥇Olympics: The Olympics, as far as we know, are still a go, but things look dicey. The torch relay, which sees the Olympic flame carried through a tour of Japan, had to be rerouted multiple times since starting on March 25th; and qualifying events for the host nation had to be moved out of Japan for the time being. Outlook: not so good.

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The GIST's Quick Hits - CA (April 15, 2021)

April 15, 2021
Source: CanadaSoccer/Twitter
Source: CanadaSoccer/Twitter

🏀Basketball: Team Canada will be missing a big star at the Olympics this year after Denver Nugget superstar Jamal Murray tore his ACL on Monday. Awful. On the bright side, the Toronto Raptors beat former Rap and current San Antonio Spur DeMar DeRozan last night, so at least we’ve got that going for us.

⚽️Soccer: With just 99 days to the Tokyo Olympics (not like we’re eagerly counting down or anything...), the CanWNT is Ready. To. Play. The world’s eighth-ranked team shutout No. 6 England 2–0 on Tuesday in a friendly warm-up to the Games. July can’t come soon enough.

🥇Olympics: Meanwhile, the City of Vancouver is looking ahead to the 2030 Winter Olympics (we haven’t started that countdown yet!). John Furlong, the organizer behind the 2010 Olympics, will present his pitch for 2030 to the Vancouver Board of Trade tomorrow. Interesting.

🏎NASCAR: Watch out Ricky Bobby, Jennifer Jo Cobb is coming for you. The 47-year-old announced that she’ll make her NASCAR top series debut at Talladega Speedway’s GEICO 500 on April 25th. As long as she figures out what to do with her hands, she’ll do great.