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Canada's Rio 2016 Olympic women soccer 18-player team roster now up starring Christine Sinclair, Melissa Tancredi, Sophie Schmidt, Kadeisha Buchanan, and Rhian Wilkinson with some new looks. Kaylyn Kyle, Lauren Sesselmann, Carmelina Moscato, Jonelle Filigno and Adriana Leon from last year's World Cup roster as hosts are out by John Herdman. But Marie-Eve Nault with Kyle, Kailen Sheridan and Gabi Carle. #1 goalie Erin McLeod's hurt. Up to the young guns to step up in the face of on-paper thinness:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/canada-womens-soccer-rio-olympics-christine-sinclair-john-herdman/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/olympics/veteran-christine-sinclair-leads-canadian-soccer-squad-for-rio/article30523270/

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/rio2016/soccer/canada-olympic-soccer-roster-1.3643326

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We weren't pissing on your cornflakes, so take your racist records and piss off.

Canada Olympic uniforms unveiled

Nope! Surprising decision but that was the plan since 2014 apparently.

Canada has officially qualified 4 tennis players for Rio

Singles: Raonic, Pospisil, Bouchard

Doubles: Raonic/Pospisil and Bouchard/Dabrowski

Mixed doubles will be announced in August, unlikely Canada competes in that event.

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Cory Joseph leads the way for Team Canada again in Manila as he scores 13 for their gritty 58-55 win over Senegal to advance onto the semifinals against New Zealand's Tall Blacks

http://olympics.cbc.ca/news/article/canada-edges-senegal-advance-olympic-basketball-qualifier.html

http://www.fiba.com/oqt/philippines/2016/news/canada-survive-gritty-senegal-to-advance

If Canada can defeat France in the final, then I'll be presently happy.

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A lot of medal predictors are putting a lot of downward pressure on their Canada predictions. About a year ago it was 18 to 21, now its 13 to 16. Coming in for a worse performance then Beijing and London despite a lot of additional money.

Will be interesting to see how it goes.

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Just to point out how competitive Canadian track and field has become.

Cam Levins, only qualifier in 5 and 10k in London. 7th in the 5k and likely won't get a coaches selection.

Sarah Wells, #1 ranked Canadian hurdler at 400m, finishes 4th without OQT, with all 3 women in front of her running the OQT. She might not even be able to compete in the 4x400m with more then 3 women running the 400m standard already.

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Bad news : Basketball Canada lost again France

Good news : Beach Volleyball Canada qualified a second men team

(very busy day with also to watch the F1 Grand Prix, Wimbledon final (Go Milos), Tour de France, Euro Final and for me the most important : the Canadian Athletics Trials for Rio)

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Bad news : Basketball Canada lost again France

But this was to be expected after they fell to Venezuela in Mexico City when the OQT groupings were set when facing experienced France. And Vinotinto was more experienced than Canada--and I know they're ruing that FIBA Americas semifinal loss that came back to haunt the Canadians coming in as the heavy and talented faves there. Still on track for Tokyo 2020. But some sooner Olympic basketball experience down in Rio De Janeiro would go a long way for this Canadian basketball golden generation. If they were in Group A with all that talent already there, none of that would matter. Now it's obviously a moot point. Off to look at 2019 World Basketball qualifications for Canada:

https://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/2016/07/10/canadas-mens-basketball-team-loses-bid-to-qualify-for-rio-olympics.html

France, like their female counterparts earlier on who also qualified, are just too damn good to be there. But that's why the qualification structure is set up as it is.

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All-in-all a good qualification effort from Canadian athletes. I pegged the time at or near London's (around 260 by first estimates) but the team has broken 300 and we will know by how much on Tuesday. It is in the hands of the Hitler of Athletics Canada and the final golf rankings.

Qualifying in 27 and 28 sports, only missing handball is a good achievement. Men's basketball and rugby, men's diving, team synchronized swimming, badminton, women's weightlifting and canoe/kayak all featured disappointments. While athletics, swimming, cycling and volleyball were surprises.

On better days the team should have been 340+, but them the breaks.

Onwards to Rio and the 12 to 14 medals that Canadians will likely win.

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Athletics Canada Team Nominated for Rio 2016

Sixty-five track and field athletes chosen to represent Canada


TORONTO (July 11, 2016) – On Monday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Athletics Canada named the 65 athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in athletics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

Some of the athletes selected include: Shawn Barber (pole vault, 2015 World Champion) and Derek Drouin (high jump, 2015 World Champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist) as well as 2015 IAAF World Championship individual medallists Andre De Grasse (sprints), Brianne Theisen-Eaton (heptathlon), Benjamin Thorne (race walk) and Damian Warner (decathlon). The team is led by Head Coach and Chief Technical Officer, Peter Eriksson.


The athletes earned their spots at the Canadian Championships and Selection Trials which took place July 7-10 at Foote Field in Edmonton, Alberta.

All athletics competitions will be held at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhão), except for the marathons which will take place in the area of Sambódromo and race walking events in Pontal.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of approximately 315 athletes.


QUOTES

“This is the strongest and most well-rounded team I have ever been a part of. The team counts multiple world medallists and a talented roster who will challenge for the podium on the track, and in the field. My teammates and I are ready to compete for Canada in Rio.”

Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Rio 2016 athlete

“Following a very competitive Trials in Edmonton, we have nominated a versatile and focused group of athletes who will be ready to perform on-demand in Rio. The team is comprised of veterans who have already experienced international success, and up-and-coming athletes who are ready to take the next step.”

Peter Eriksson, Head Coach, Athletics Canada


“The recent results of these nominees is very good reason for Canada to be excited about track and field. This group continues to grow and I’m excited to see what they will bring to Rio. I wish all of you the absolute best in your final preparations as you set your sights for success.”

Curt Harnett, Rio 2016 Team Canada Chef de Mission


“As excitement grows for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, I know our track and field athletes are ready to make an extra effort to push for the podium against the world’s best. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I commend the work done by Athletics Canada to prepare our athletes named today to Team Canada. We’re all behind you.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities


The athletics team that will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:

Athletes:

First

Last

Hometown

Event

Kelsie

Ahbe

Toronto, ON

Pole Vault

Mohammed

Ahmed

St. Catharines, ON

5000m, 10,000m

Mobolade

Ajomale

Richmond Hill, ON

4x100m Relay

Shawn

Barber

Toronto, ON

Pole Vault

Maria

Bernard

Calgary, AB

3000m Steeplechase

Mathieu

Bilodeau

Calgary, AB

50km Race Walk

Khamica

Bingham

Brampton, ON

4x100m Relay

Melissa

Bishop

Eganville, ON

800m

Nathan

Brannen

Cambridge, ON

1500m

Lucas

Bruchet

Vancouver, BC

5000m

Aaron

Brown

Toronto, ON

100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay

Alicia

Brown

Ottawa, ON

400m, 4x400m Relay

Johnathan

Cabral

Péribonka, QC

110m Hurdles

Chanice

Chase

Toronto, ON

400m Hurdles, 4x400m Relay

Kendra

Clarke

Edmonton, AB

400m, 4x400m Relay

Reid

Coolsaet

Hamilton, ON

Marathon

Brittany

Crew

East York, ON

Shot Put

Andre

De Grasse

Markham, ON

100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay

Derek

Drouin

Corunna, ON

High Jump

Krista

DuChene

Brantford, ON

Marathon

Evan

Dunfee

Richmond, BC

20km & 50km Race Walk

Crystal

Emmanuel

East York, ON

100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay

Phylicia

George

Markham, ON

100m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay

Eric

Gillis

Antigonish, NS

Marathon

Elizabeth

Gleadle

Vancouver, BC

Javelin

Inaki

Gomez

Vancouver, BC

20km Racewalk

Akeem

Haynes

Calgary, AB

100m, 4x100m Relay

Nikkita

Holder

Pickering, ON

100m Hurdles

Matthew

Hughes

Oshawa, ON

3000m Steeplechase

Kimberly

Hyacinthe

Terrebonne, QC

200m, 4x100m Relay

Farah

Jacques

Gatineau, QC

4x100m Relay

Sekou

Kaba

Ottawa, ON

110m Hurdles

Marissa

Kurtimah

Guelph, ON

4x100m Relay

Genevieve

Lalonde

Moncton, NB

3000m Steeplechase

Oluwasegun

Makinde

Ottawa, ON

4x100m Relay

Lanni

Marchant

London, ON

10,000m, Marathon

Mike

Mason

Nanoose Bay, BC

High Jump

Brandon

McBride

Windsor, ON

800m

Taylor

Milne

Callander, ON

3000m Steeplechase

Noelle

Montcalm

Belle River, ON

400m Hurdles

Carline

Muir

Edmonton, AB

400m, 4x400m Relay

Tim

Nedow

Brockville, ON

Shot Put

Christabel

Nettey

Surrey, BC

Long Jump

Annika

Newell

Scarborough, ON

Pole Vault

Alysha

Newman

London, ON

Pole Vault

Jessica

O'Connell

Calgary, AB

5000m

Charles

Philibert-Thiboutot

Quebec City, QC

1500m

Micha

Powell

Montreal,QC

4x400m Relay

Brendon

Rodney

Brampton, ON

200m, 4x100m Relay

Anthony

Romaniw

Hamilton, ON

800m

Andrea

Seccafien

Guelph, ON

5000m

Nicole

Sifuentes

Winnipeg, MB

1500m

Gabriela

Stafford

Toronto, ON

1500m

Heather

Steacy

Lethbridge, AB

Hammer Throw

Hilary

Stellingwerff

Victoria, BC

1500m

Taryn

Suttie

Hanley, SK

Shot Put

Erin

Teschuk

Winnipeg, MB

3000m Steeplechase

Brianne

Theisen-Eaton

Humboldt, SK

Heptathlon

Benjamin

Thorne

Kitimat, BC

20km Race Walk

Alyxandria

Treasure

Prince George, BC

High Jump

Damian

Warner

London, ON

Decathlon

Sage

Watson

Medicine Hat, AB

400m Hurdles, 4x400m Relay

Angela

Whyte

Edmonton, AB

100m Hurdles

Chris

Winter

North Vancouver, BC

3000m Steeplechase

Natasha

Wodak

Vancouver, BC

10,000m


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The backlash begins on Canada's failure to qualify out of Manila. Mostly squared at Andrew Wiggins, Canada's brightest young NBA star who said no this time. Would he have helped Team Canada? Certainly. As would Kelly Olynyk (if he was healthy), Nik Stauskas, Dwight Powell, Andrew Nicholson ,and Jamal Murray. All declined to take part for various reasons. He'd no doubt bring further athleticism and his skills to the team in a more challenging field. Overall, I still strongly believe Canada was not going to defeat a veteran France in any case with Les Bleues' depth; they outplayed Canada. Wiggins needs, in his perspective, to focus on his upcoming third NBA season getting accustomed with a new coach in Tom Thibadeau and his schemes that can improve in building the Minnesota Timberwolves as a rising young and talented team. But RDS' Peter Yannopoulos couldn't defend their (Wiggins and Stauskas) decisions to forego Manila after playing last year in Mexico City at the FIBA Americas. It's just that many Canadian basketball fans right now are disappointed in having to endure another four years to see Canada back in the men's Olympic basketball scene to support--and its young stars' presence in Manila (or lack thereof) will continue to be debated. There was great effort with what they had already, nonetheless. There's actually some Canadian basketball depth already.

http://olympics.cbc.ca/news/article/andrew-wiggins-gets-heat-from-canadians-for-olympic-qualifier-absence.html

On the other hand, if Tristan Thompson played in Mexico City a little less than a year ago with the teammates already present and had his contract issues sorted, Canada would already be there with the women's team no doubt.

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I just don't get Athletics Canada.

They've had 4 or 5 women run Olympic standards, including at the trials in the 100 and 200m. Yet are only enter 1 in the 100m and 2 in the 200m. Yet they are all going to be there for the relay.

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I just don't get Athletics Canada.

They've had 4 or 5 women run Olympic standards, including at the trials in the 100 and 200m. Yet are only enter 1 in the 100m and 2 in the 200m. Yet they are all going to be there for the relay.

They want results. Is it likely any of them do well in those events? Probably not.

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They are sending them anyways to run in the relay. Charles Allen had to fight AC to go to Athens. He ran 3 PBs and finished as the co-best finisher for a Canadian in 2004. Giving people a chance works wonders.

It just doesn't make sense to spend the money to send them and not bother to enter them into all the events they qualified for.

I cannot imagine the COC thinks this will be a good games for Canadian athletes. Matching Sydney at this point would be considered a success.

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It doesn't look like Canada will lose the men's double quota though. Pospisil/Nestor would probably be a better pairing then Pospisil/Raonic anyways.

It is just so amusing that 2 women have pulled out because of Zika, while 20+ men have.

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It doesn't look like Canada will lose the men's double quota though. Pospisil/Nestor would probably be a better pairing then Pospisil/Raonic anyways.

It is just so amusing that 2 women have pulled out because of Zika, while 20+ men have.

I hope Dabrowski and Pospisil or Nestor compete in the mixed doubles, its probably the best chance for a medal.

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Do think Canada could be in line for any flatwater quota redistribution given Romania and Belarus have lost like 12 quota places?

I hope so. Canada is second in the C2 reallocation line. Germany is first.

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