Canadian Olympians cover “Call Me Maybe”

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Breaking news: There’s another “Call Me Maybe” parody video on the web. And probably another since we typed that. And there’s another…

There’s an untold number of these things living on YouTube (we actually tried counting but quickly became overwhelmed and out-matched), so terming it breaking news might not be entirely accurate.

Still, enjoy a trip down memory lane:

–    The Harvard baseball team’s “Call Me Maybe” video was the first one that really took off. It has a low-budget movie feel to it – the lighting is so-so, the song is playing through the speakers in the team’s van and it’s all one continuous take. Still, it’s like an old cell phone: Sure it can only make phone calls and it’s got a green screen, but it’s a relic. And it has 16.3 million views.

–    A version filmed by a group of U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan is definitely one of our favorites. Have you ever seen grown men with machine guns dancing in the desert? Add in some night-vision goggles, mortar rounds being fired and a robot dance and you’ve got yourself one solid video. 1.4 million views.

–    The mascots of the Big 10 took a stab at the video too. It’s not bad, really. As the song plays, one thing becomes painfully obvious: Mascots can’t open and close their mouths, if you didn’t already know that. So it’s more of a dance video than a lip synching video. 403,762 views.

–    Jimmy Fallon and his band on Late Night, The Roots, had a different take on the video: They teamed up with Carly Rae Jepsen, who co-wrote and originally recorded the song, and performed their own version instead of just lip synching it. It’s entertaining, without a doubt. We particularly like Jepsen’s use of the triangle – another old-school relic. 10.2 million views.

–    And then of course there’s our favorite, the version produced by members of the U.S. Olympic swim team (Disclaimer: we’re biased since we covered the sport at the Olympics). Our favorite part might be Nathan Adrian’s slick move at the 1:49 mark. 9 million views.

Almost forgot about the original reason for this post. Here it is, the Canadian Olympians edition of “Call Me Maybe.” Good to know our neighbors to north finally got the internet. 20,352 views.

Which one’s your favorite?

Mikaela Shiffrin wins Aspen World Cup slalom

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With a slalom win today in Aspen, Colo., Mikaela Shiffrin broke some of the barriers she had been chasing.

“I don’t know if the stars will ever align like that again,” Shiffrin said in a media conference after being told she won with the biggest margin of victory in the history of women’s slalom since 1968: 3.07 seconds. “I don’t think [my competitors] are going to let me get away with three seconds ever again.”

En route to her fourth consecutive slalom World Cup title – which would tie the record for the most with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider from 1992-95 – she became the first female skier to win four World Cup slalom races in a row since Austria’s Marlies Schild did it in the 2011-12 season.

In addition, Shiffrin became the first female skier from the U.S. to win a slalom World Cup race in Aspen. And she’s now tied with France’s Perrine Pelen for sixth overall with total slalom World Cup victories.

“I was pissed after I made that ridiculous mistake yesterday,” Shiffrin said to media, referencing yesterday’s giant slalom crash. Both her and Lindsey Vonn crashed and did not finish in Aspen’s giant slalom. “I tried to use that anger today.”

Shiffrin called the mistake a “brainfart” and Vonn dismissed it because “giant slalom isn’t [her] strongest event.”

But, Shiffrin added that she already has her mind set on tomorrow, where she races slalom again, on NBC at 3 p.m. ET. The complete of the Olympic sports schedule is here.

“I just as quickly have to go back and settle in,” she said. “Tomorrow is a new race. I have to find a different motivation and try to take the same mentality and keep fighting.”

Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova was second behind Shiffrin, followed by Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter.

By finishing behind Shiffrin in Aspen, Zuzulova extends her slalom World Cup podium finish streak to four.

Hansdotter has the second-most second place World Cup slalom finishes at 13 total, including today’s race. Only Pernilla Wiberg, of Sweden, has more with a total of 14.

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Fencing great Valentina Vezzali fails to qualify for Rio 2016

Mario Monti, Valentina Vezzali
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TURIN, Italy (AP) – Six-time Olympic champion fencer Valentina Vezzali has failed to qualify for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.

The 41-year-old Vezzali was eliminated in the second round of the foil event at the Trofeo Inalpi meet Saturday, while Italian teammate Arianna Errigo reached the semifinals and gained the necessary points to qualify.

Vezzali won at least one gold at the last five Olympics in either individual or team foil. She has a total of nine Olympic medals and 25 at world championships.

Her second son was born in 2013, the year in which she also became a member of Italy’s parliament.

Vezzali told the Gazzetta dello Sport this week that “I had another son and it was really difficult to come back. … I don’t think I have anything else to prove.”

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