Most people don’t know much about Canadian skeleton racer Jon Montgomery, but visit his website and you quickly get a good idea the guy has a good sense of humour.
“It's nice to sleep in my own bed,” writes Montgomery in his latest blog entry. “That way when I have nightmares about my last race in St. Moritz, Switzerland and wake up crying I know where the Kleenex is at.”
More and more Olympic athletes have blogs these days and they can give you some nice little insights into their character and lives that you aren’t likely to get anywhere else. We're trying to provide links to them on this site (we'd like to be your one-stop shopping spot for the upcoming Games) and we'll be constantly updating.
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|Jeff Pain, aka the "Raging Beaver".|
Downhill racer Erik Guay has the Cadillac of sites, with all the bells and whistles powered by his sponsor Red Bull, and it features a picture of his sweet newborn daughter Logann Elizabeth. But though eloquent in interviews, Guay isn't much for expressing himself too much on his website. Maybe it's a guy thing.
When it comes to content, it’s pretty hard to surpass Olympic champion speed skater Clara Hughes, who pours it out in her blog the same way she does in a 5,000-metre speed skating race. She has an entry currently on what the humanitarian organization Right To Play means to her, prompted the by the Vancouver Organizing Committee and International Olympic Committee move to keep them out of the athletes village at the 2010 Games.
Teammate Kristina Groves has also shown her mettle as a great writer (see some of her work here), but with no website yet you can tune in here for her journal entries in Kristina’s Corner (Or perhaps The Grovesline … We’re mulling over a name change.) Olympic cross-country skiing champion Chandra Crawford really knows how to turn a phrase, too.
Skier Emily Brydon is currently offering an inside look at her trying weekend in Cortina on her website, while teammate Kelly VanderBeek also doesn’t shy away from talking about her struggles and crash last weekend – heck, she’ll even post the video if she can get her hands on it (which she did in Lake Louise in December … she’s still seeking the Cortina footage).
These athletes also show a big heart. Hughes and snowboarder Alexa Loo have sections entitled “Giving Back” on their website entailing their charitable work, VanderBeek has a link to the Speed Queens T-shirts being sold to support Right To Play.
Skeleton racer Jeff Pain, Olympic silver medallist in Turin, shows himself to be a bit of an entrepreneur on his site -- and good for him. He plastered a “Raging Beaver” logo on his helmet leading to the 2006 Turin Games to denote the fighting Canadian spirit.
Valentine's Day is fast approaching.