The Olympics by definition are emotionally rich with stories both good and bad. Here are some of the back stories for images in this post.
Three-time Canadian national champion, 1980 Olympian, and the 1982 World bronze medalist Brian Pokar ( featured in this blog with sparklers) was 29 years old in this image, a specimen of gorgeousness and perfect health, at the peak of his career in Men’s Figure Skating. Unimaginably, he died of AIDS only four years later.
Becky Kellar is a three time Olympic Gold Medalist (2002, 2006,2010) an Olympic silver medalist (1998) and four time World Champion. Becky was twice named top defense man(woman) in the CWHL (Canadian Women’s Hockey League).
2004 Gold medalist Kyle Shewfelt received the first gold medal EVER by a Canadian in an artistic gymnastics event. He even has a vault skill named after him. In August 2007, Kyle fractured both of his tibia bones in a freak accident, landing from a skill while training on floor. It just prior to the World Championships in Germany. (personal note: This one goes down hard for us parents of high performance athletes. ) While Kyle may not be competing for gold any longer he now hosts a series of gymnastic competition events in his name to inspire young athletes, my daughter included.
We have also included a real piece of historical landscape, Brian’s commemorative poster from the 1988 Olympic Winter Games (over 14,000 sold). Check your attic, you might just find one next to your mint green Sunice snowsuit! It was shot from the 13th floor of Calgary’s City Hall overlooking Olympic Plaza. See if you can find what’s changed in the city’s skyline in the past 27 years.