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Skipper Claudia Pechstein may attend the Olympic Winter Games for eighth. Also several toboggan medal winners of 2018 are among the first nominated athletes and athletes. © Provided by sport1.de Pechstein waves Kasai-record - other stars nominated ice-fastener Claudia Pechstein (49) was nominated for the eighth time for Olympic winter games and would be at a start in Beijing to the so far sole record holder, the Japanese ski jumper Noriaki Kasai , open up.
© Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press Canada's Natalie Spooner celebrates with the trophy after defeating the United States at the IIHF Women's World Championship in Calgary in August 2021.
On the eve of Olympic competition, it is reassuring to see that women's international hockey is no longer a tale of two countries.
Canada-USA is the rivalry that North Americans love, of course, but Finland, Russia and Germany are all serious contenders nowadays, which can only be beneficial for the game.
Canadian forward Natalie Spooner can barely wait for the puck to drop in Beijing.
It may seem like a paradox, but she is convinced that the enforced isolation from COVID has actually injected new strength into the Canadian national team.
Veteran forwards Poulin, Johnston lead Canada's bid to reclaim Olympic hockey gold
CALGARY — Marie-Philip Poulin and Rebecca Johnston will represent Canada in Olympic women's hockey for a fourth time in their careers after winning gold in both 2010 and 2014, and silver in 2018. The two veterans were among the 23 women named to Canada's roster Tuesday for the Winter Games in Beijing opening Feb. 4. "It's tough, to be honest, to put into words that emotion when you walk into the opening ceremonies, and realize that you're there.The two veterans were among the 23 women named to Canada's roster Tuesday for the Winter Games in Beijing opening Feb. 4.
Nobody asked for time alone, but when it happened Spooner and teammates had the scope to work on individual skills, and to focus on the many small things, on ice and off, that can make each separate member of the roster travelling to Beijing stronger.
Believers in wholistic team-building might demur, but there is no arguing with Canada's domination in last August's world championships. Isolation or not, when the team comes together, as Spooner tells Player's Own Voice podcast host Anastasia Bucsis, it really comes together.
Veterans like herself are more than happy to help the new generation of players find their happy place. Good vibes in the locker room translate to good team cohesion on the ice.
This is a national team that has every reason to believe in itself.
As Spooner says, "if we're a goal down … we know we are a team that can score four times in a period."
Like the CBC Sports' Player's Own Voice essay series, POV podcast lets athletes speak to Canadians about issues from a personal perspective. Transcripts are available here. To listen to Natalie Spooner, any of the guests from earlier episodes, and Canadian athletes through the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, head to CBC Listen, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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The Bachelor in Paradise star talks to the PEOPLE Every Day podcast about her ex-boyfriend Kevin Wendt welcoming a baby with his partner Astrid LochAshley Iaconetti is discussing her ex-boyfriend Kevin Wendt becoming a father as she awaits the birth of her first child with her husband Jared Haibon next month.