It’s been quite a week in Olympics news for Canada, the most polite country on the planet. Here are three major news stories regarding our neighbors up north.
Spracklen fired as coach of Rowing Canada
Mike Spracklen, 75, an English native, was fired Monday by Rowing Canada after coming home with only two medals – both silver – from the London Games. The firing has caused a fracture in the community as significant members of the team have come out on different sides of the firing: Beijing silver medalist Scott Frandsen said he told the CBC that he had problems with the coach, while three-time medalist Silken Laumann said she was disappointed in the firing after Spracklen “once again demonstrated his excellence in producing Olympic champions.”
Christine Sinclair faces FIFA disciplinary hearing
Sinclair, captain of the national women’s soccer team, will go in front of a FIFA disciplinary committee Friday regarding comments she made to referee in her teams exciting 4-3 loss to the U.S. in the semifinal match in London this summer. She’s being charged with “unsporting behavior” after saying she felt cheated when the referee awarded a penalty kick to the U.S. after Canadian goalie Erin McLeod held the ball too long. Team USA’s Abby Wambach tied the game on the penalty kick and later won in extra time. Sinclair scored all three Canadian goals in that match.
2010 Vancouver CEO John Furlong accused of abuse by newspaper
Laura Robinson of the Georgia Straight, a Vancouver weekly, alleges that Furlong arrived in Canada from Ireland in 1969, instead of 1974 like his biography says. She also claims to have spoken with eight former students of his who claim they were abused by the now executive chair of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Furlong vehemently denies the allegations, telling the Star Phoenix they are “humiliating and demeaning beyond anything my family and I have ever experienced.” He’s threatening to sue the Robinson and the paper.