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U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps receives his silver medal for the men’s 200 butterfly at the 2012 London Olympics. Al Bello/Getty Images

For many Olympic medalists, silver stings more than bronze

Researchers used AI to analyze photos of Olympic medalists and found that bronze medalists appeared happier than silver medalists. A cognitive process called ‘counterfactual thinking’ may explain why.
Canada women’s national soccer team goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé holds her gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics as she poses for photographs after an announcement in Vancouver on March 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The more medals Canadian athletes win, the fewer Canadians participate in organized sport

With the Paris Olympics and Canada’s Future of Sport Commission both to start soon, this is a timely critique of the Canadian sport system.
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mitch Marner celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with teammates Auston Matthews and John Tavares during first period NHL hockey action in Sunrise, Fla. on April 16, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The Toronto Maple Leafs should not play hardball with its Core Four players

The Toronto Maple Leafs have important decisions to make this offseason. One of them should be to keep their word.
Enshrining and enforcing the status of a ‘protected class’ for children engaged in athletic work would be a major step toward achieving children’s rights in sport. (Shutterstock)

With Olympics approaching, it’s time to recognize children as a protected class in sport

With the Paris Olympics and the 35th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child approaching, now is the ideal time to focus on protecting the rights of child athletes.
O.J. Simpson shows the jury a pair of gloves, similar to those found near the crime scene, during his trial in Los Angeles in 1995. POO/AFP via Getty Images

Has the media learned anything since the O.J. Simpson trial?

Since the ‘trial of the century,’ the lines between news and entertainment have become increasingly blurred.
Canadian sport organizations and governing bodies have much to learn from national team athletes when it comes to improving accountability and preventing costly litigation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ASP-Yi-Chin Lee/Houston

Canadian sport leaders should look to national team athletes for lessons in accountability

Canada Soccer has the potential to model, both nationally and globally, the same standards of accountability and leadership excellence that are expected of national team athletes.
An enlarged heart can lead to abnormal heart rhythms. Professional Studio Images/E+ via Getty Images

Your heart changes in size and shape with exercise – this can lead to heart problems for some athletes and gym rats

People who regularly engage in significant amounts of exercise, as endurance athletes do, may develop enlarged hearts. While athletic heart is adapted for performance, it can be cause for concern.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson looks to pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, on Dec. 31, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Lamar Jackson is the NFL’s MVP. He’s also the NFL’s most valuable negotiator.

Despite being without a long-term contract extension and representation, Lamar Jackson was able to advocate and negotiate the most lucrative contract in the history of the NFL. Here’s how.
Professors have lower academic expectations of Black college athletes compared with white college athletes, a study found. supersizer/E+ Collection/Getty Images

How Black male college athletes deal with anti-Black stereotypes on campus

Black male athletes at Division I schools say they alter their speech, dress and other behaviors to gain acceptance in mostly white academic and athletic settings.

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