The sporting culture of Canada
consists of a variety of games. Although there are many contests that Canadians value, the most common are ice hockey
, Canadian football
, soccer, and baseball
. Great achievements in Canadian sport are recognized by Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
, while the Lou Marsh Trophy
is awarded annually to Canada's top athlete by a panel of journalists.
Ice hockey, referred to as simply "hockey", is Canada's most prevalent winter sport, its most popular spectator sport, and its most successful sport in international competition as well as being Canada's official winter sport. Lacrosse, a sport with Native American origins, is Canada's oldest and official summer sport. Canadian football is Canada's second most popular spectator sport, and the Canadian Football League's annual championship, the Grey Cup, is the country's largest annual sports event. Association football, known in Canada as soccer in both English and French, has the most registered players of any sport in Canada.
Other popular team sports include curling, street hockey, cricket, rugby and softball. Cricket is the fastest growing sport in Canada currently. Popular individual sports include auto racing, boxing, cycling, golf, hiking, horse racing, ice skating, rodeo, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, tennis, triathlon, track and field, water sports, and wrestling. As a country with a generally cool climate, Canada has enjoyed greater success at the Winter Olympics than at the Summer Olympics, although significant regional variations in climate allow for a wide variety of both team and individual sports. Major multi-sport events in Canada include the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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The 2007 Canadian Grand Prix
was a Formula One motor race
held on 10 June 2007, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
in Montreal, Canada
. It was the sixth race of the 2007 Formula One season
. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton, in his first season in the top formula, who started from pole position on the grid; it represented his first win in Formula One and the first Formula One race won by a black driver. Nick Heidfeld
finished second and Alexander Wurz
was third, making it the first Grand Prix of the 2007 season that drivers from teams other than Ferrari
achieved podium positions.
The safety car was deployed an unprecedented four times during the course of the race. One of these periods was due to Robert Kubica's crash, which resulted in him suffering a sprained ankle and concussion. During the race Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella were disqualified for failing to stop at the end of the pit lane when the exit was closed.
A test session was held on May 17 and 18 at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, with the track configured to replicate the characteristics of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the final two days after it had been in the style of the Monaco for the first two. Despite the fact that the McLaren team had dominated on the Monaco set up of the circuit, Ferrari were better on the Canadian set up.
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The Canada cricket team is the national cricket team representing Canada in men's international competition. It is run by Cricket Canada. While Canada is not sanctioned to play Test matches, the team does take part in One Day International matches and also in first-class games (in the ICC Intercontinental Cup) against other non-Test-playing opposition, with the rivalry against the United States cricket team being as strong in cricket as it is in other team sports. The match between these two nations is in fact the oldest international fixture in cricket, having first been played in 1844.
Perhaps the most successful exponent of Canadian cricket has been all-rounder John Davison. Davison was born in Canada but played club and — occasionally — first class cricket in Australia, achieving a reputation as something of a journeyman. Taking advantage of his Canadian birth, he became a regular in the national squad. At the 2003 World Cup, Davison hit the fastest century in tournament history against the West Indies in what was ultimately a losing cause. One year later, in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against the USA, he proved the difference between the two sides taking 17 wickets for 137 runs (the best haul in first-class cricket since England's Jim Laker took 19 wickets in 1956) as well as scoring 84 runs of his own.
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Barbara Ann Scott King
, (born May 9, 1928 in Ottawa
) is a Canadian
figure skater. She is the 1948 Olympic Champion
in ladies singles and two-time World Champion
(1947–1948). Known as "Canada's Sweetheart", she is the only Canadian to win the ladies singles figure skating gold medal
and the first North American to win three major titles in one year. During her 40s she was rated among the top equestrians
in North American. She remained active in skating by volunteering her time as a figure skating judge.
Scott was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991, a member of the Order of Ontario in 2009. She had previously been awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Athlete of the Year in 1945, 1947 and 1948. She was also inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1948, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1966, the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 1991, in 1997 was inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame, and in 1998 was named to Canada's Walk of Fame.
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The Canada Masters
(also long known as the Canadian Open
), currently sponsored as the Rogers Cup
, is an annual tennis
tournament held in Canada
. The men's competition is a Masters 1000
event on the Association of Tennis Professionals
(ATP) tour. The women's competition is a Premier 5 tournament
on the Women's Tennis Association
(WTA) tour. The competition is played on hard courts
. The two competitions are currently held in separate weeks in the July-August period. The events alternate from year-to-year between the cities of Montreal
The event has a long and illustrious history. The men's tournament began in 1881, and was held at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, while the women's competition was first held in 1892. Of the major tennis tournaments in the world today, only Wimbledon and the US Open have been around as long. In 1989, two Canadian male tennis players, Grant Connell and Andrew Sznajder, reached the quarterfinals of the event. The women's tournament has recently been moved to just before the US Open grand slam tournament and is a Premier 5 event. The WTA's rules for 2010 require each year-end top-10 player from 2009 to participate in at least four Premier 5 tournaments during 2010.
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