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THUNDER BAY, Ont. - Alexandre Despatie and Arturo Miranda were officially added to Canada's Olympic diving team Thursday after passing an evaluation.

Despatie, of Laval, Que., and Miranda, of Montreal, did not compete at Canada's diving trials in June so that Despatie could fully recover from a broken foot. They were pre-selected to the team provided they met certain conditions.

The final condition took place Wednesday as a committee of three international FINA judges from Canada evaluated Despatie on the three-metre springboard, and Despatie and Miranda on three-metre synchro, in a simulated competitive environment. They agreed that Despatie has completely recovered from his injury and that the pair are on track in their final Olympic preparations.

''Honestly, I was confident that we would meet the conditions set by Diving Canada,'' said Despatie. ''I've been diving well since I've recovered from my injury. We are currently putting all our efforts towards performing to the utmost of our abilities at the Olympics. We are grateful to Diving Canada for allowing us more time to get back to peak form.''


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OTTAWA - Olympic gold medallist Adam van Koeverden and veteran whitewater kayaker David Ford headline Canada's Olympic paddling team.

Canada will race in all 12 Olympic flatwater events for the first time in 20 years at the Aug. 8-24 Summer Games in Beijing

Leading the charge is Oakville, Ont., native van Koeverden who qualified for the men's kayak singles 500-metre and 1,000-metre events. He is the defending Olympic champion in the K-1 500 and also won bronze in the 1,000 at the Athens Games.

Canada also has two K-2 entries in men's kayak. Andrew Willows of Gananoque, Ont., and Richard Dober Jr., of Trois-Rivieres, Que., are qualified in the K-2 500 while Steve Jorens of Aurora, Ont., and Ryan Cuthbert of Carleton Place, Ont., are preparing for the K-2 1,000.

The crew for the K-4 1,000 announced Wednesday comprises Rhys Hill and Angus Mortimer of Ottawa, Christopher Pellini of Mississauga, Ont., and Brady Reardon of Burlington, Ont.

In women's kayak, veteran Karen Furneaux of Waverley, N.S., will compete in the K-1 500, Kristin Gauthier of Ottawa and Mylanie Barre of Lac-Beauport, Que., in the K-2 500 and Furneaux, Gauthier, Emilie Fournel of Lachine, Que., and Genevieve Beauchesne-Sevigny of Trois-Rivieres in the K-4 500.

In the men' canoe events, Mark Oldershaw of Burlington is Canada's entry the C-1 500, Thomas Hall of Pointe-Claire, Que., in the C-1 1,000 and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny and Andrew Russell of Dartmouth, N.S., in both the C-2 500 and C-2 1,000.

In whitewater, Edmonton native Ford will race in his fifth Olympic Games in the men's K-1. Sarah Boudens of Pembroke, Ont., in the women's K-1 and James Cartwright of Ottawa in the men's C-1 will also compete in whitewater.


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CALGARY - Olympic floor champion Kyle Shewfelt is among six men selected to compete for Canada at the Beijijng Games this summer.

Shewfelt, who has made a comeback from two broken knees suffered last summer, was in top form Monday at a test competition capping a week-long training camp in Calgary.

Joining Shewfelt will be fellow Calgarians Nathan Gafuik, Adam Wong and Grant Golding, as welll as David Kikuchi of Fall River, N.S., and Brandon O'Neill of Edmonton.

Ken Ikeda of Abbotsford, B.C., was named first reserve and Jared Walls of Edmonton, second reserve.

The coaches for the men's Olympic team are Edouard Iarov of Gatineau, Que., and Tony Smith of Calgary.

``They all looked amazing, we're all very excited about this team,'' said men's program director Jeff Thomson in a statement.

Shewfelt will be making his third Olympic appearance while Golding, Wong and Kikuchi are all holdovers from the 2004 Athens team.

Gafuik was the reserve in 2004 and O'Neill, who just missed winning a spot in 2004, will be competing at his first Olympic Games.

The Olympic team gathers again in Calgary for a final training camp July 17-25 before departing for Beijing.


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# of Athletes per Sporting Discipline

Archery - 4

Athletics - 29

Badminton - 4

Baseball - 24

Boxing - 1

Canoeing/Kayak - 20

Cycling - 15

Diving - 10

Equestrian - 12

Fencing - 9

Field Hockey - 17

Football - 21

Gymnastics - 12

Judo - 5

Modern Pentathlon - 3

Rowing - 34

Sailing - 11

Shooting - 4

Softball - 17

Swimming - 27

Synchronized Swimming - 9

Table Tennis - 5

Taekwondo - 3

Tennis - 2

Triathlon - 6

Water Polo - 13

Weightlifting - 5

Wrestling - 10

Total Athlete Delegation: 332

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5 – Excellent

4 – Good

3 – Fair

2 – Unlikely

1 – Long shot

Men’s 400m – Tyler Christopher – 3

Men’s 800m – Gary Reed – 4

Baseball – Men’s – 1

Men’s K-1 Slalom – David Ford – 1

Men’s K-1 500m – Adam van Koeverden – 5

Men’s K-1 1000m – Adam van Koeverden – 5

Men’s K-2 1000m – Steve Jorens and Ryan Cuthbert – 2

Men’s C-1 1000m – Thomas Hall – 2

Women’s Road Race – Alex Wrubleski – 1

Men’s Mountain Bike – Seamus McGrath – 2

Women’s Mountain Bike – Marie-Helene Premont – 3

Women’s BMX – Samantha Cools – 3

Men’s 3m Springboard – Alexandre Despatie – 5

Men’s 3m Synchronized – Alexandre Despatie and Arturo Miranda – 3

Women’s 3m Springboard – Blythe Hartley – 3

Women’s 10m Springboard – Emilie Heymans – 3

Individual Show Jumping – Eric Lamaze – 4

Women’s Epee – Sherraine Schalm – 2

Women’s Foil – Luan Julie – 1

Women’s Football – 1

Men’s Floor – 3

Men’s Vault – 3

Women’s Uneven Bars – Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs – 1

Women’s Beam – Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs – 2 (She is my pick to be Canada’s surprise breakthrough athlete)

Men’s Trampoline – Jason Burnett – 1

Women’s Trampoline – Karen Cockburn – 3

Men’s 100kg Judo – Keith Morgan – 1

Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Douglas Vandor and Cameron Sylvester – 2

Women’s Pairs – Sabrina Kolver and Zoe Hoskins – 2

Men’s Lightweight Fours – Iain Brambell, Liam Parsons, Job Beare and Mike Lewis – 3

Men’s Eights – Not naming them all – 4

Women’s Eight – see above – 2

Women's Softball - see above - 2

Men’s 100m Freestyle – 4

Men’s 200m Freestyle – 1

Men’s 4x100m Relay – 1

Men’s 4x200m Relay – 2

Men’s 4x100m Relay – 0.5 (It’s a long shot but I would equally not be surprised, top to bottom there is about 5 countries that could take the bronze medal, Canada, Italy, Japan, France and Russia primarily)

Women’s Team Synchronized Swimming – 1 It’s a shame our program has gone so downhill

Men’s 80kg Taekwondo – Sebastien Michaud – 3

Women’s 49kg Taekwondo – Ivett Gonda – 1

Women’s 67kg Taekwondo – Karine Sergerie – 4

Men’s Doubles Tennis – Daniel Nestor and Frederic Niemeyer – 2

Men’s Triathlon – Simon Whitfield – 3

Men’s 60kg Wrestling – Guivi Sissaouri – 2

Women’s 48kg – Carol Huynh – 2

Women’s 55kg – Tonya Verbeek – 3

Women’s 63kg – Martine Dugrenier – 3

Women’s 72kg – Ohenewa Akuffo – 2

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We just barely defeated Korea 79-77. By wining we stay alive in the wildcard tournament and we will face either Puerto Rico or Croatia in the quarters.

I have to say thought, it was an amazing come-back from Canada. In the third quarter we where up to 18 points down and whit about five minutes left in the game we were over 10 points down.

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Good thing they came back in the manner they did against South Korea. I was getting worried.

Anyway, having NBA players in the Canadian team is a mixed bag these days. Dalembert, I reckon, got into an argument with Rautins after the game against Slovenia when Rautins indicted him for what he saw as poor play in Dalembert. Consequently Sam sulked. Benching an NBA player now on a national team took guts on Leo's part. (good luck to future Canadian NBA players joining after Dalembert got embarassed like that if Rautins is still the coach) Nash has nothing further to prove and his major priority is with the Suns and getting them that title. Plus at his age, he's got nagging injuries. Jamal Magloire is lazy and wallows deep on the Dallas bench that surely won't get him meaningful playing time for Canada. Then again, he never gave much consideration or care for suiting up for Canada. Forget it, Leo told him, and rightly so. Joel Anthony, currently with Miami, is down with the cause. Juan Mendez and Carl English are on the cusp of the NBA.

Fact is, there maybe not enough depth to make a serious run in the elimination round now that Canada is in it (or in Canadian basketball in general right now), and Dalembert getting kicked out. Canada may have just enough to get by with. Now with that happening, I just don't Canada making it among the top three. I'd be happy if they did because the real time to shine could be in London, and Beijing experience will help them. Hopefully by then, either of the Doornenkamp brothers, Osvaldo Jeanty, Devoe Joseph, Vladimir Kuljanin, etc. will earn their international experience.

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