Julia Gillard’s done a ‘Steven Bradbury’

June 28, 2010

Katrina Jones | June 28th, 2010


STEVEN Bradbury and Julia Gillard have something in common.

They both claimed victory at the expense of other people’s failures, and it’s something Bradbury is still proud of eight years later.

The Australian short-track speed skater and four-time Olympian — who won 1000m gold in the 2002 Winter Olympics after all of his opponents were involved in a last-corner pile-up — was on the Coast to open Dreamworld’s Illuminate Winter Wonderland.

“Funnily enough Kevin Rudd made mention to me in his speech when he referred to someone doing a ‘Steven Bradbury’,” he said.

“I don’t know if she’ll (Gillard) be mentioning me though because I don’t think Kevin Rudd really fell over — maybe pushed over.”

Bradbury mentioned Gillard in his speech at the launch of Dreamworld’s school-holiday attraction on Friday night.

After giving up his skates, he has been focusing on a career as a motivational speaker and emcee and has been spending time with his two six-month-old twins, Eryn and Flyn, and two-year-old Ryen.

Bradbury said he secretly hoped Ryen wouldn’t want to follow in his winter Olympics footsteps.

“I’m hoping she’ll be waking me up to say, ‘Daddy let’s go surfing’, rather than ‘Daddy let’s go to the ice rink’,” he said.

Bradbury has also secured a lease on a car in the MINI Challenge.

“The adrenalin of racing is the same as competing on ice, but I don’t envisage I’ll be the next Craig Lowndes,” he said.

“At least you don’t have to be fit and strong to be the that semi-elite level in racing.”

Vancouver’s Real Estate Bubble Trouble

June 27, 2010

Brokers are rock stars, cabbies flip condos, and shacks are going for $1 million
By Bryant Urstadt

Note: This is a very interesting article, which is only in part about the Olympic Village in Vancouver. (I’m curious to see how well all the ‘green design’ that was planned into the village does over the next few years. It is certainly cutting edge on the whole ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ scale of the building industry.)

I will say that Vancouver is a beautiful city that’s got it all (well, almost… there’s that whole ‘weather’ thing…) culture, ocean, mountains, and all in a very easily navigated environment. It’s well designed for an outdoor lifestyle. Its only drawback for this native Californian is her own need for a personal ‘Bramasole’ (yearn for the sun)…which Vancouver does not get in abundance. Overcast skies it does.

…but I’ll bet my skin would really like it.


Dragon boats race during this summer’s Dragon Boat Festival in False Creek. Seen in the background is the Olympic Village under construction. van365.ca/?p=467

The Olympics are over, and the Village is for sale. The complex in Vancouver, British Columbia, that housed the athletes during the 2010 Winter Olympics has been converted into 1,100 luxury condos. About 450 have been pre-sold, and the sales of the remainder may well render a verdict on a mystery that looms over this city like Grouse Mountain: Did Canada prudently steer its way clear of the worst of the financial crisis only to be rewarded with a massive housing bubble of its own?

On a bright, warm Saturday in late June, couples and families wandered through the empty village, which has been renamed Millenium Water. It opened for public tours last month and draws about 100 people a day. Millenium Water is a city of the future, built with enviro-touches like green roofs and automatic shades that moderate the temperature inside the apartments. An 815-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment is on sale for C$879,000, which works out to C$1,078 per square foot, or $12 higher than the average price in Manhattan, according to The Corcoran Report. (A Canadian dollar is currently worth about U.S. 96 cents.)

Millenium Water isn’t in downtown Manhattan, of course. It’s not even in downtown Vancouver, which is across an inlet known as False Creek. It isn’t really even in a neighborhood; the nearest establishment is the sales office for another condo development. If all this is starting to sound a little irrationally exuberant, especially given the shaky international outlook, well, that’s Vancouver for you.

“Real estate is like a sport here,” says Tracie McTavish, president of Rennie Marketing Systems, which is overseeing the sale of Millenium Water.
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Apolo and Shani nominated for ESPY’s

June 26, 2010

Via US Speedskating on twitter:

We’re so excited-both Apolo Ohno & Shani Davis have been nominated for ESPY’s! Here’s where you can vote for them!


The ISU and US schedule is up for the upcoming Short Track Season on Boots & Blades:


…and speaking of Wilma…

June 20, 2010

While double checking the spelling of her name, I ran across this wonderful article. A bit dated, but a great read all the same.

Wilma Boomstra: New hot spot for short track
The Orange County Register
Published: Dec. 12, 2005 3:00 a.m

LAKEWOOD – A pair of 10-year-old boys, their oversized speed-skating boots and helmets making them appear even younger, sneak across the ice at the Glacial Gardens rink, each of them clutching a ball of icy slush.

Their seemingly unsuspecting target is Wilma Boomstra, their coach, who is relaxing against the rink’s sideboards holding a cup of coffee.

“Don’t even think about it,” she barks, barely looking up, just as they are about to fire. She gives them a faux hard look before breaking into laughter.

Lakewood is 2,396 miles and about 70 degrees from Marquette, Mich., (-2 degrees one day last week). But the U.S. Short Track Speedskating Championships/Olympic Trials, which open today in the frozen town on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, are expected to solidify Orange County’s and Los Angeles’ growing – and unlikely – reputation as one of the sport’s international hot spots.

Olympic champion Apolo Anton Ohno will share the headlines this week with Orange County’s Rusty Smith, the 2002 Olympic 500-meter bronze medalist, and Hyo- Jung Kim, who swept all four women’s events at last season’s U.S. championships.

The success of Smith and Kim, both medal contenders for the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, is a sign of things to come. Four of the top five men’s overall finishers at the U.S. Junior Short Track Championships last month were from Southern California.

So how did Orange County and Los Angeles come to be mentioned in global short- track circles in the same breath as Quebec, Seoul, and Beijing?

“I tell people it’s all the sun we get,” cracked Jade Wheeler, an Olympic team contender from Los Alamitos.

“How’d this area get to be such a hot spot? That’s her doing,” Southern California Speed Skating president Jerry Search said, leaning over the sideboards and pointing at Boomstra.

“Because of Wilma,” Smith said, “we have people coming from all over the country to California.”

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Vote for Southern California Speedskating Association

June 20, 2010



Chris McLaughlin, Wilma Boomstra coach the 'next generation'. Photo by Jerry Search

Chase Community Giving is awarding moola to the causes that get the most votes. SCSSA could sure use the votes, money and support for their program. Many of our finest skaters, many who are Olympians (and no doubt future Olympians) came out of this club.

Click on the logo above to go to the Facebook voting page for SCSSA. Show your support and vote!

Athlete of the Week

June 18, 2010

The votes are in! …and the masses have voted J.R. Celski as the Athlete of the Week for the US Olympic Team.

Congrats J.R., it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!

Click the image to go directly to teamusa.org and read more about J.R. Celski.

Last year, between Memorial Day and July 4th, teamusa.org (part of the US Olympic Committee) did a fundraiser to support our Olympic Team. It must have been successful, since they are doing it again.
Here’s the link to read more:


Celebrate Olympic Day!

June 17, 2010


As per US Speedskating:

If you’re in Utah on June 24th, come and join us at the Utah Olympic Oval – site of the 2002 Winter Olympics – and celebrate Olympic Day! Meet Olympic Gold Medalist Derek Parra and other USS athletes/Olympians. Free public skating (skate rental included) 4:00 – 6:30. Details here. Come for the fun!

…mmmm, this might be a better idea (for me anyway) than the August Olympian run and skate. I’ll skate, but a 5K? …in Salt Lake City heat in the middle of summer???

Yeah, I know….I’m a wuss…

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