Alexandre Bilodeau Wins First Canadian Olympic Gold at Home!

Alexandre Bilodeau (picture is in correct orientation)

And the winner is…

Alexandre Bilodeau!

Over 500 athletes have competed for Canada in the Olympics at home, and the first to take home a gold medal on home soil is Alexandre Bilodeau!

The Rosemère, Québec, native, won the gold medal in the men’s moguls at the Vancouver Olympics. This was sweet redemption after Jennifer Heil narrowly missed gold by the smallest of margins at the women’s freestyle moguls last night (Feb 13). 13 did not seem to be lucky for her.

With Bilodeau’s victory, Canada can finally breathe a huge sigh of relief to get that huge monkey off our backs! For the rest of the athletes, that pressure is also now off of them to win the first Canadian gold on home soil. Now things will return to normal without that additional pressure as there will be a gold rush coming. We tend to get our fair share of gold medals at the winter Olympics.

Bilodeau’s gold, though, will be one for the ages given we’ve waited ages for it.

Dale Begg-Smith of Australia took the silver Sunday.

Bryon Wilson of the United States claimed the bronze.

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Video of Baby Surviving After Falling Under Train in Melbourne, Australia

Baby whose pram fell into train tracks of an oncoming train as Mother runs to try and rescue

Baby whose pram fell into train tracks of an oncoming train as Mother runs to try and rescue

If this were in a movie, you’d never believe it and trash the script. But you know, life is far stranger than fiction, and this is just one of many proof of that.

It’s an absolute miracle what happened here. A Mother on a windy train platform in Melbourne, Australia, turns away for a split second and the carriage (pram) with her six month baby rolls off into the tracks, landing smack in the middle of the track. Almost as if timed, a train comes into the station just as she tries to go for her baby, almost clipping the Mother’s head as security footage show above.

Yet, somehow, the baby survived with just just a cut to the forehead. My guess would be it was due to a vertical gap between the track and the train, in the middle of the track, but only there. On January 3 2007, Cameron Hollopeter fell into the subway tracks in Washington DC was covered by Wesley Autrey, a 50 year old construction worker, who had jumped in to save him (NY Times). Lying on top of the victim who fell in, with his back about a foot above the ground, Wesley only had his blue cap smudged with grease, if that gives an indication of the size of the space I’m talking about. If the baby who fell in today had landed much to the left or right of the track where he did land, this would have been a video with a real gruesome ending.

The pram, obviously much bigger in size than the baby, wasn’t nearly as lucky. Its pieces were scattered all over the tracks the length the train took to stop.

Mother and child were both taken to hospital and released soon after being admitted, according to CNN’s video. One question I have about all this, though. They just started an awareness campaign about the dangers of prams on the platform. Who would design such a surface to have either zero grade, or even a grade into the tracks so that anything not constrained could fall into it? It was windy, sure, but windy enough to move that pram with a baby in it so quickly into the tracks? Surely the platform grade could have offered a little more resistance with a gentle grade upward?

Amazing story, real drama… and glad to see it’s one with a good ending.

Now, let’s go and witch hunt Balloon Dad in Colorado for that hoax!

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"Let's Get Balloon Dad!!!"

"Let's get Balloon Dad!!!"

Soccer and Rugby Fans Facebook Friends Tagging Challenge

I created these tagging challenges for fans of North American, English and Aussie rules rubgy, or people who know lots of those fans. The tagging challenges can be done on Facebook, MySpace, LiveJournal or other platforms where you can tag people on pictures.

The idea is to see how diverse is the group of soccer/rugby fans you know, and how does that compare to your fellow soccer/rugby loving friends. It’s no fun if everybody supported the team you supported, you know!

  • Pick a Facebook tagging meme of your choice based on the leagues below: Major League Soccer (MLS), Rugby Super League (RSL) and National Rugby League (NRL).
  • Tag one person you know whose favourite team is represented by the team logo. It has to be that person’s favourite team as you can’t tag a person twice on the same photo.
  • How many teams can you tag? And how does this compare to your friends who might have done this same challenge?

Here’s how to get these graphics for your tagging fun:

  • Click on a picture below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook profile.
  • Tag your friends!

Fancy yourself quite the social sports fan, or this isn’t your sport? Try the same Facebook tagging challenges for:

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

Enjoy!