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Welcome to the Changing of the Guard!

I have been involved in a lot of roles at the Games and can appreciate that each of these roles call for a somewhat different skill set. I’m not sure one ever has every skill required, that’s why we try to build teams of complementary people. Read more

Viva Parapan Am Games!

Months preparing yet is always like opening day sneaks up on me. There is so much to do to get everything ready to the athletes, their families and everyone else involved from dignitaries and sponsors to long time friends of the games, and a lot of it cannot be done until we land either at the village, the host hotel and the venues. So a scramble is almost unavoidable – controlled chaos if you will. Read more

It’s a Wrap!

Ceremonies are over. I’m at the airport waiting for a flight that will definitely not leave on time. On the bus at 1:30AM but it looks like we won’t take off until 6:30AM now. Blogging keeps me awake and I felt I had some catching up to do! Read more

Try being nice, it’s contagious!

Sometimes, being nice in underrated. In fact, some people use “nice” to describe something quite different and many think nice people finish last. In Sochi though, I observed the best side of nice. And it spread as fast as the darn cold virus Read more

Many journalists love our athletes, many others love controversy

In the days leading to the games, while out team was already in Sochi preparing, I received numerous requests for interviews. Read more

Manufactured Landscapes

We’ve all heard that the Sochi Games cost over $50B and that there was an awful lot of infrastructure built to welcome the games.  It’s obvious in Adler, but striking in Krasnaya Polyana. Read more

Sometimes it’s difficult to understand

My usual line when speaking about understanding Paralympic sport is to make an analogy to cricket. I don’t understand it, so I don’t find it interesting. It doesn’t mean cricket isn’t a great sport. Read more

The Miracle of Online Streaming: You Too Can Watch!

Went back to full duties a bit too quickly so the little virus was making a come back last night. So I am enjoying the games from the comfort of my hotel room, for today anyhow. Read more

So much to say, so little time!

I need to get to the semi final hockey game very soon. I thought I’d have a couple of hours this afternoon to blog, but was invited to an official lunch. Read more

Not on Twitter – Not (that much of ) a Problem!

Well maybe a bit of a problem because I try to quickly post a lot of interesting facts and photos there. Best of all, you don’t need a Twitter account to check it out (although it works better…). So here are things you missed that you might want to look at at https://twitter.com/DrTardif  Read more

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