Some alert Tweeters pointed out some glaring ommissions on the potential Lou Marsh Award winners list posted here Wednesday.
Thanks to Ian Mortimer for quickly noting that his Olympic champion teammate Adam van Koeverden should be right in the thick of it for his second Lou Marsh after his crushing victory in the men's K-1 1,000 metres at this year's world championships in Hungary.
Like Patrick Chan – who was given the nod for the trophy from this corner – van Koeverden had one of those other worldly performances that an athlete can only dream of in leaving the field in his wake to win by more than three seconds. It was Canada's first world title ever in the event.
Not only did he not get a mention here, but both CBC's Scott Russell and Sportsnet left him off their lists for athlete of the year, too. Talk about potentially feeling underappreciated.
He's also a role model off the water and is working with Clara Hughes currently on the Mali Youth Initiative for Right To Play. They've got a fundraising drive going to help break the poverty cycle through sport and play.
Here's a video with footage of VanKayak's world championship win and a post-race interview:
Just as bad, though, is that world champion cyclists Tara Whitten and Catharine Pendrel aren't getting much love from the year-end selectors, either. Whitten won her second world title on the track in the omnium event, while Pendrel took her first world mountain bike title.
Guess we all -- especially this guy -- need to do a better job on our homework.
If you want to get an idea of the effort going into Heather Moyse's transition from bobsleigh brakeman to track cyclist, watch this video from her website: