Canadian cyclist Kelsey Mitchell can be called many things: an Olympic hero, a gold medallist, and, er, the endearing nickname ‘Quadzilla’?
Winning Canada’s final medal of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, the sprint cyclist gold medallist made headlines for a few reasons.
Kelsey Mitchell with the #Tokyo2020 exclamation mark
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
The 27-year-old Mitchell is from Sherwood Park, Alberta, and was competing in her first Olympic Games.
Mitchell actually only took up competitive cycling in 2017, and is now an Olympic champion despite having years less experience than many of her closest competitors.
But it was her nickname — a combination of, well, the quadricep muscle and the fictional monster Godzilla — that had many laughing and impressed at Mitchell’s leg muscles.
Kelsey Mitchell quadzilla for real sheesh
— Joseph (@itsjosephguise) August 8, 2021
— Dr. Rob (@Rob_Tarzwell) August 8, 2021
— Laura Hatfield (@HatfieldLaura) August 8, 2021
“Do you even lift bro?” jokingly commented Canadian soccer goalie Stephanie Labbe on a photo of Mitchell.
“Well if this doesn’t intimidate your Olympic competition I don’t know what will. 😂 #quadgoals,” added Irish cyclist Orla Walsh.
In just four years of training, Mitchell provided the archetype for what Canadian athletes can accomplish when trying a new sport. A former soccer player at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Mitchell attended an RBC-run training camp following the Rio Olympics and found herself, well, a very successful new niche in sports.
“I feel amazing,” Mitchell said in a post-race press conference. “I feel a lot of emotions and all I’m thinking about right now is my family, friends, teammates, Cycling Canada staff, and everyone who made this possible. You guys all pushed me to this moment and I am just so grateful and all the hard work has paid off.”
Elks name Cornelius as starting QB for injured Harris – TSN
Taylor Cornelius will get the starting nod at quarterback when the Edmonton Elks face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday.
The 26-year-old quarterback has not taken any snaps for the Elks this season, but has three carries and rushed for two yards in five games played.
Cornelius previously played for the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL where he threw for 858 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions in five games played.
The Amarillo, TX native will be replacing starting quarterback Trevor Harris, who was placed on the six-injured list after sustaining a neck injury during September 11th loss against the Calgary Stampeders.
Harris has thrown for 1481 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions over five games this season.
Patrick Kane says he didn’t know in 2010 about assault allegations – Sportsnet.ca
Editor’s note: The following story contains references to sexual assault which may be distressing. Please exercise discretion before reading.
CHICAGO — Blackhawks star Patrick Kane said Friday he has participated in the investigation into allegations that a then-assistant coach sexually assaulted two players in 2010, adding that he did not know anything happened at the time.
“Obviously very serious allegations, and everyone knows that,” Kane said at the annual NHL/NHLPA preseason player media tour. “But I will say that I didn’t know anything about it at the time and did participate with the investigation.”
Kane’s comments were his first since the allegations came to light. The Blackhawks launched the investigation led by a former federal prosecutor and pledged to release the findings.
The three-time Stanley Cup champion said he also was unaware of homophobic bullying of one of his former teammates that ensued.
“Obviously disturbing,” Kane said. “You never want to hear that type of stuff. I feel for (someone making) those type of allegations. And hopefully it didn’t affect the player too much. But I’m sure when you’re hearing that type of stuff, obviously it could affect you deep down.”
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press the Blackhawks investigation was proceeding but did not have a timeframe for when it would be completed. The team pledged to release the findings of the investigation, a decision the league supports.
“We probably would have supported the decision if it was different, if it was made for the right reasons,” Daly said. “Since these allegations arose, I think the Blackhawks as an organization have handled everything in the right way and they’ve taken the proper steps. We’ll see at the end of the day what comes of it.”
Two lawsuits were filed against the team earlier this year. The first alleges sexual assault by trainer Bradley Aldrich during the team’s run to the 2010 Stanley Cup title, and the second was filed by a former student whom Aldrich was later convicted of assaulting in Michigan.
According to reports, two Blackhawks players told then-skills coach Paul Vincent in May 2010 of inappropriate behaviour by Aldrich. Vincent said he asked mental skills coach James Gary to follow up with the players and management.
Vincent was called into a meeting with then-team President John McDonough, general manager Stan Bowman, hockey executive Al MacIsaac and Gary the next day. He said he asked the team to report the allegations to Chicago police, and the request was denied.
In an email to the AP earlier this summer, Vincent said he stands by everything he said.
Bowman and former coach Joel Quenneville, who’s now with Florida, have said they would cooperate with the investigation.
Blue Jays right-hander Berrios won’t miss any time after abdominal scare – Sportsnet.ca
Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Jose Berrios is feeling fine after leaving his last outing with an abdominal injury and will make his next start Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, manager Charlie Montoyo said before Friday’s series opener.
Berrios pulled himself out of a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday after seven innings.
Ace left-hander Robbie Ray will start Monday’s series opener in Tampa against the Rays before Alek Manoah gets the call on Tuesday as the team elects to give the rookie some extra rest.
Manoah’s last start was this past Monday in an 8-1 win over Tampa.
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