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  1. The Toronto Festival of Excellence took place in Toronto this past Thursday. It was a huge success for track of field in Canada. The Event featured Usain Bolt and a very strong field of Olympians. Media from around the world picked up reported on this event. Here is an article about the event. That's entertainment Fri, June 12, 2009 Bolt captivates T.O. crowd with victory in 100 metres http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Sports/OtherSp...772111-sun.html By STEVE SIMMONS Beneath a steady rain, an entire stadium stood together in silence and anticipation. All of them waiting for the show that is Usain Bolt. The most spectacular 10 seconds in all of sport. This wasn't Beijing and it wasn't the Olympics and he didn't run a world-record time on the wet track at Varsity Stadium last night and none of that seemed to matter. Not to the smiling faces here. Not to the kids who ran laps around the track with him afterward. Not to wide eyes of the young and old, the white and the black, a sporting crowd that looked a lot more like Toronto that most sporting crowds in this city. A crowd that felt right and a one-man show, despite the rest of the dressing, that felt just as right. Bolt has that reach on the sporting world. He took a dead game and made it very much alive last night. He carried a sport given up as yesterday's news and made it current. "He understands his role," said Donovan Bailey, once the fastest man in the world himself, but one who never captivated the world the way Bolt has done. "He understands what it is to be an entertainer. He understands what's expected of him. These people are all here to see him, white people, black people, Chinese people, kids. Look around, this is the megacity, the multi-cultural city. These kids in the crowd tonight, they're the future leaders of our city." I would love to tell you about the field that ran against Bolt last night in the Festival of Excellence but here's the thing with Bolt: He renders the field irrelevant. He runs races by himself, for himself. There was a field for 50 metres, a field he looked like he was jogging in on the wet track, and then he did what he does: He left everyone else in his dust. He ran the final 50 metres, alone, which is how a one-man show is supposed to work. It was Bolt and no one else. He didn't love his time, his race, the wet track, the conditions, but he did what he needed to do. He won handily. He shook all the hands and signed all the autographs. He did the corporate things he was supposed to do. When you're the biggest attraction in a sport that desperately needs attractions, you make life easier for yourself when you smile on cue, when you pose for the cameras when you're on the big screen, when pound your chest or box with your fists or do that Jamaican dance thing, that isn't being a hot dog. He was Bolt being Bolt. That isn't offensive, it's entertainment. And in a place where most people wouldn't go into their backyards to watch Perdita Felicien run, a whole stadium was filled, paying serious dollars, all for Bolt. All of it worth the money. "This is fantastic," said Bailey, looking around in the rain, seeing the crowd. "People don't even seem to care that it's raining. They just want to be part of this event. Usain Bolt is the No. 1 athlete in the world and the world is smaller than ever before." Last summer in China, Bolt put on the kind of show no one has put on before him. He won the 100 metres, won the 200 metres, set world records in both races, and combined with three others to set another world record in the 400-metre relay. Nobody had ever pulled off three gold medals, three world records in those three races before. And last night was his first 100 metres since Beijing, the first real race of the season, even if didn't necessarily feel real. It felt like a show, because of the scene. Because there were fans on top of buildings, standing in construction sites, anywhere they could from outside the stadium, because there was no one really here to challenge Bolt. The organizers were smart enough to put together a quality field, just not one that would have the wrong guy lose. Usain Bolt admitted he ran carefully, just carefully enough to win and not take any chance on injuring himself this early in the season. But nobody complained, there was no reason to. He ran and we watched and this once upon a time story ended happily ever after on this night. This event boosted Toronto's chances of hosting the 2015 Pan Am Games.
  2. I am so excited about this event.
  3. http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/display_a...le.php?id=32539 ESPN360.com To Stream Bolt's Toronto Meet Subject: ESPN360.com to Stream Exclusive Live Coverage of Usain Bolt's Return at the IAAF Festival of Excellence Track & Field Meet on Thursday, June 11 ESPN360.com has reached an agreement to offer exclusive coverage of the IAAF Festival of Excellence track & field meet live from Toronto this Thursday, June 11 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. Three-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica will compete in the 100m against Americans Shawn Crawford, Bernard Williams and Ivory Williams, Canadians Anson Henry and Jared Connaughton and Bolt's compatriots Marvin Anderson and Mario Forsythe. The race marks Bolt's return to the track since injuries sustained during a car accident in April. Crawford, the 2004 Olympic 200m champion who finished second to Bolt in the 200m in Beijing last summer, will lead the challenge in this marquee event at the Festival of Excellence. The meet will also feature a Men's and Women's 400m, Men's 110m Hurdles, a Men's and Women's mile and Women's 100m Hurdles, among others. The schedule for June 11: Time (ET) Event 7:10 p.m. ET Men's 5000m 7:33 p.m. ET Men's 400m 7:37 p.m. ET Women's 400m 7:40 p.m. ET Men's 110m Hurdles (Triathlon) 7:44 p.m. ET Men's Mile 7:50 p.m. ET Men's 800m 7:55 p.m. ET Women's Mile 8:05 p.m. ET Women's 100m Hurdles 8:15 p.m. ET Men's 400m Triathlon 8:22 p.m. ET Men's 100m http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/display_a...le.php?id=32539
  4. From David Monti http://www.runnersweb.com/running/rw_news_...W_Toronto.html© 2009 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved RaceResultsWeekly.com Thursday's Festival of Excellence athletics meeting in Toronto will be streamed live at ESPN360.com, the Bristol, Conn., broadcaster announced today. Track's biggest superstar, Usain Bolt, will be competing in the 100m. The broadcast is free, but there's a catch: ESPN360.com content is only available when viewing the website thorough certain internet providers. ESPN says that the service is available in 25 million homes via 45 internet service providers, which include AT&T, Verizon, RCN, Insight, Frontier, Cavalier, Charter, Mediacom, Conway, and Grande Communications. ESPN360.com is also available at no cost to approximately 18 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks (those with “.edu†and “.mil†domains). If you have the right access, you can watch the meet beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 11. Men's events include 5000m, 400m, mile, 800m, and 100m. Women's events include 400m, mile and 100m hurdles.
  5. BOLT HEADLINES FESTIVAL OF EXCELLENCE ON TSN ON THURSDAY http://www.tsn.ca/other_sports/story/?id=281285He broke world records at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Summer Games. Now, the world's fastest human, Usain Bolt, heads to Toronto to compete in the Festival of Excellence, airing live on TSN on Thursday, June 11 at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. (encore at 10:30pm et/7:30pm pt). The inaugural Festival of Excellence showcases some of the best athletes from Canada and around the world competing in a variety of track and field events. TSN's coverage is highlighted by Canadian athletes like two-time World Champion Perdita Felicien and 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep who are both competing in the women's 100 metre hurdles event, and 2008 World Indoor Champion Tyler Christopher who runs the men's 400 meter event. The Canadian athletes will be put to the test by some of the biggest names in their respective sports like 2008 Olympic gold medallist LaShawn Merritt who will face Christopher in the 400 meters, and American decathlete Bryan Clay – dubbed the world's greatest athlete – who headlines the field against Tottenham, ON's Massimo Bertocchi in the men's 110 metre hurdles and 400 meter triathlon events. The marquee event of the Festival of Excellence is the men's 100 metre race featuring 2008 Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt who set world records in both the 100 and 200 metre races. American Shawn Crawford runs against Bolt, looking to avenge his second-place finish to Bolt in Beijing in the men's 200 metres. Canadians competing in the 100 metre event include Jared Connaughton of Charlottetown, PEI, and Anson Henry of Toronto. TSN's Gord Miller will be in the broadcast booth calling the action along with University of Toronto Hall of Fame track and field coach, Andy Higgins. SPORTSCENTRE's James Cybulski will be trackside providing reports throughout the event. This event is going to be broadcast live across Canada on TSN. This world class event is great for Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games bid.
  6. Varsity Centre to Host Festival of Excellence http://www.olympic.ca/en/news/varsity-cent...ellence/Toronto, May 26, 2009 Credit: Jeff Jurmain Usain Bolt, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, Perdita Felicien, Others Set To Blast Off One of the biggest phenoms ever to emerge from an Olympic Games is set to make his mark on the blue track of the University of Toronto's Varsity Centre on June 11. While the world waits to see just how fast Usain Bolt can run, he will participate in the 100 metres as the star attraction of the "Festival of Excellence." Will Bolt set another world record on Canadian soil? "Any time you get the world's fastest man in Canada to compete, it's a huge deal," said Mathieu Gentès, an official with Athletics Canada. The now-famous Jamaican sprinter will not be the sole star at Varsity Centre. The 100-metre hurdles features 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep and two-time world champion Perdita Felicien. The Canadian teammates are supportive of one another, but in the starting blocks, it's all about the race. "They have a friendly rivalry," Gentès said, adding that he expects them to be neck and neck to the finish line. The early prognostication is that Lopes-Schliep has the edge, as the current world leader for the 100-metre hurdles after posting 12.52 seconds in early May. Still, there are many more athletes primed to make this an excellent athletics event. The Festival of Excellence will feature American decathlete Bryan Clay, an Olympic and world champion acknowledged by many as the "world's greatest athlete." Canadian Tyler Christopher will take to the track for the 400 metres; he is 2008 world indoor champion and 2007 Pan American Games silver medallist. An up-and-comer with a very bright future in decathlon is Toronto native Massimo Bertocchi, who burst onto the scene last year and earned a berth at the Beijing Olympic Games. The Festival of Excellence helps provide Canadian athletes a chance to compete at a very high level with major competition on their home soil – which doesn't come along regularly. Gentès said the event is a springboard into the summer season that includes the World Championships in Berlin this August. (It also includes the Canadian championships, which will be held at Varsity Centre in late June.) The Bolt spotlight aside, this event is decidedly grassroots oriented as well. Gentès, who said that Athletics Canada worked with the University of Toronto in promotion, marketing, athlete communication and sponsorships, said a big purpose is to get youngsters involved and interested in track and field. With the motto "From Playground to Podium," event organizers are proudly trumpeting that track is back in Toronto. Throughout the day, kids will be able to participate in the same events that the stars will later on. With the media and populace of Toronto, Gentès said it's an excellent opportunity to have people learn more about track and field and get excited about it. It isn't often that track takes the spotlight on any particular day in Toronto. But on June 11, all eyes will be trained just south of Bloor Street, on the edge of Yorkville, under the watchful eye of the CN Tower. This event is really going to strengthen Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games bid. There are more world class Olympic athletes confirmed for this event.
  7. http://www.torontosun.com/sports/otherspor...366756-sun.html A jolt of Bolt Huge demand expected for Festival By LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA In about 10 seconds -- hopefully less if your name is Usain Bolt -- the reputation of Varsity Stadium and the City of Toronto as a top track and field venue could get a boost. Not since the 1980s has the University of Toronto's premier outdoor athletic facility been mentioned in the same breath as world-class performances. But with the rebuilt stadium and 100-metre champion Bolt headlining the Festival Of Excellence on June 11, Varsity will be back on the map, just as the committee for the 2015 Pan Am Games gets around to judging local sites. David Peterson, the U of T chancellor and chairman of the Toronto bid, will be helping with the official Pan Am presentation in November. "This is a precursor to our ability to hold world-class athletics, a measure of our passion," Peterson said yesterday when the Festival lineup was unveiled. Organizers have bundled the Festival with the Canadian Track and Field championship , and in the week prior, the OFSAA finals and Toronto public school meets. Tickets, which went on sale yesterday, cover both the festival, the national championships and select high school events on June 11 as a warmup to Bolt. Luring Bolt, who is the world's fastest human after his 9.69 time in the Beijing Olympics, is a coup, but star American decathlete Bryan Clay also is aboard and a strong Canadian field features Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, Perdita Felicien, Mark Dillon and Tyler Christopher. Former track star Bruce Kidd, now the Dean of Physical Education at U of T, would not comment on speculation that Bolt is getting in the $100,000 range for his Toronto cameo. "But seeing a sprinter like that up close is an event people will remember the rest of their lives," Kidd said. "I don't know all about the TV numbers from Beijing, but he appeals to sports fans far beyond track. And he's from a (Jamaican) community with a very important role here." Tickets range from $75 to $200 and the event will be televised on TSN. Organizers hope to sell 7,000 tickets. "We think they'll be enough demand," Kidd said. "We see this as building around other events and contributing to the buzz around elementary and high school track. But we have to break even and the pricing was done with that in mind." Lopes-Schliep, a bronze medallist in hurdles at Beijing, looks forward to the high-profile events. "When I go over to Europe in the Grand Prix events, the stands are full, the adrenaline's running and there's excitement everywhere," she said. "To have that in Toronto and to have people experience that would be huge." This event is going to give the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games a major boost. This event feature world class Athletes and will be televised Nationally across Canada.
  8. Jim Jones the Pan Am Games gets zero coverage in North America. Its has been like that for years now, having the Pan Am Games in Toronto will change that.
  9. Tokyo has a strong technical bid and Rio 2016 is coming on strong. Either bid could win.
  10. The Pan Am Games were already staged in South America in 2007. I believe that the Pan Am Sports Committee is looking is looking for a change. They see Toronto as an opportunity to transform the Pan Am Games.
  11. People get riled up when I question the choice of David Peterson and Jagodta Pike as bid organizers. Everyone says the they have experience, but what do you do with that experience? Both David Peterson and Jagodta Pike should should focus on two things Lobbying and Public awareness. Hardly anyone knows Toronto is bidding for the 2015 Pan Am Games and the blame lays on David Peterson and Jagodta Pike. Also where is the lobbying strategy? Toronto 2015 should be out in every country in the Americas, promoting this bid, making friendships, bonding, connecting, promoting etc. Focusing on the bid book in nice, but it is going to take a lot more than a nice bid book to win the games.
  12. David Peterson was apart of the 1996 and 2008 Olympic Bids both lost. Jagodta Pike was apart of the 2010 and 2014 Common Wealth both lost. The people losers who do not know how to win a bid. They are doing nothing different then in the past.
  13. This bid should be ten times better then it is. Where is the public awareness campaign?, where is the grass roots campaign? Both David Peterson and Jagodta Pike are clueless on how to run a bid, absolutely clueless. People are starting to lack confidence in the abilities. People on this forum talk about their experience, how can they have experience if they do not learn from their mistakes?
  14. I am very upset of how this bid is being run. David Peterson and Jagodta Pike have dome nothing to gain public interest in the bid. This bid is secret and quite frankly people do not have confidence in them. They are losers.
  15. The question everyone is asking is whether David Peterson and Jagodta Pike are doing everything it takes to win this bid. Where is the community involvement and the awareness surrounding this bid? The bid team should be out in the community gathering support for the bid. This is one reason why I question the choice of David Peterson and Jagodta Pike leading this bid. Yes they have experience, but what is experience if you are not going to use it. Doing things to same as before is not a good strategy. The need to try something new. I also really believe this bid needs new blood running it.
  16. I am very much liking the selection of the board of directors for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games bid. It is a very high quality board with a lot of international experience. It has connections to every region in the Americas, and this is really going to strengthen Toronto's bid.
  17. Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games group presented at Sports Accord in Denver. They were is only Pan Am Games group to present.
  18. Toronto has released its venue plan and the other bid cities Lima and Bogota have not even release it. Is it not a requirement of the bid process, that the bid cities release a venue plan before the bid book. Also neither Lima or Bogota have a website. A webiste is also importnat for any bidding city. Lima and Bogota also missed the CANOC 6th Annual General Assembly in Curacao and gave no reason for absence.
  19. This is a question for the members of this board. From speaking with different people what is the sense that you are feeling. Is Toronto the front runner in this bid, and what advice would you give to Toronto to win over the majority of the voters. I know these bids can be complex, however I get the feeling that is it Toronto's turn. Toronto winning can transform in Pan Am Games and the city. What is the feeling you are getting from talking to people about this bid.
  20. What can Toronto learn from Winnipeg's winning bid. How did they go about winning their bids? I really want Toronto to win this bid, and I want to know, how we can win them.
  21. It is very upsetting. I just want to no whether or not this practice happens. I am not familiar with the Pam Am Games bid process, and I know this does not occur in Olympics games bids or Commonwealth bid. All I am asking is for a fair bid process. Pressure to change votes is a very serious matter.
  22. I am very hurt that no one on this board is speaking out against pressure to change votes if Rio loses. Rio is not going to win this bid, and changing votes because of the Olympic votes is wrong. The Pan Am Games is going to lose all of its creditabilty. Whats the point in Toronto bidding all.
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