Most people envision 65-year-olds playing with their
grandkids or helping their own kids renovate their homes. But competing in the
Olympic Games? No one could have seen that coming. But Ian Millar did just that, and he has been doing that since 1972. The
Canadian equestrian just competed in his 10th Olympic Games and
since his inaugural year in those Games, he has only missed one year of
competition, 1980’s boycotted Moscow Games. His Olympic run this year ended
when he finished 9th in the show jumping finals but with years of
experience, Millar is still bringing an old-school edge to one of the world’s
oldest sports. And according to the man himself, he isn’t done yet, as he
hasn’t yet closed the door on competing in the 2016 Games.
Carmelo Anthony recently played the game of his life in this
year’s summer Olympics. The New York Knicks' star forward scored a record breaking 37 points (on
10 for 12 from beyond the arc) in Team USA’s trouncing of Nigera. The only
member of the 2003 draft class’ big 4 to not have a championship, Carmelo will
now be depended on more than ever to lead his Knicks to a title. Many
adjustments have to be made with the New York squad. Signing Jason Kidd and Ronnie
Brewer have, thus far, been the biggest moves they've made, but championships aren't won with transactions alone. They must learn to
work better as a team and mature on both ends of the court. A title is still a
long ways away, but the route to that title must be led by Anthony.
Canadian super heavyweight boxer Simon Kean's road to the Olympics reads more like a superhero origin story than a profile. In 2009, he was in an ATV accident in a remote region of Quebec that left him with his leg pinned. He was airlifted to hospital via helicopter, where a risky skin graft operation narrowly saved his leg from amputation. Kean was left wheelchair-ridden for months. Doctors told him he may never walk again, but the mighty Frenchman wasn't having it. Three years later, Kean waltzed into the most macho possible event in the Olympics, SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING, and took out a higher ranked opponent with a gutsy comeback effort. Adding to his epic legend is his Clint Eastwood-esque stoicism: when asked about his accident Kean responds simply, "I don't want to talk about that."