Sorry I can’t hear you over my joy, my excitement, or over the sound of me taking multiple selfies. #SorryNotSorry
Just MEER moments before I met some of the coolest cats on the planet. Amazing show. So cool. Ross and Phil gave great hugs. #DefrancoDoesVancouver #TheNation #ILoveYoFaces
[screams internally] #VancouverNation #omfg @phillydefranco
We are winter #olympics #olympicflame #canada #sochi2014 (at Vancouver 2010 Olympic Cauldron)
Mommy’s birthday #crepes , #strawberry #nutella and cool whip. Damn I’m good.
Aside from the obvious, there’s one major difference between men’s and women’s hockey at the Winter Olympics. That difference is money.
While the men’s national teams are full of highly paid household names like Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane, many of their female counterparts tell stories of working full time to support their sporting career or having to live out of their car because they couldn’t afford college and training costs at the same time.
The fact that there’s a gender divide in professional sports is not exactly news, but on Saturday, Finnish goaltender Noora Räty made the unusual decision to go public about the difficulties of supporting herself as a female hockey player.
Following Finland’s defeat in the Olympic quarterfinals, Räty made the surprise announcement that she would be retiring—unless a professional (i.e., all-male) team would hire her instead. In a lengthy post on Twitter, she described how exhausting it was to try and hold down a day job while training like a professional athlete, due to the lack of a women’s hockey league that actually pays its players.[READ MORE]
“[B]efore the season started, I made a decision that my national team career will end here in Sochi. Also, I will hang up my skates for good if I can’t play professional hockey IN A COMPETITIVE LEAGUE next season. I said a competitive league because I could always go to play in the Russian women’s league, which is currently the only pro league for females. However, after hearing stories about the league and playing a few games there myself in January, I don’t think this league would challenge me enough… But I play hockey because I love to get challenged as it drives me to get better as an athlete and goalie. Thus, I would love to take on the challenge and try playing with men since I can’t play college hockey anymore and there’s no professional league for females in the North America. But I guess the time will show if some men’s pro team is willing to give me a chance.”
NO MATTER WHO YOU CHEERED FOR
NO MATTER IF THEY MEDALLED OR NOT
THESE WOMEN ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL, STRONG, TALENTED, DRIVEN, AND FUCKING FIERCE
THESE WOMEN ARE ICONIC.
IF THIS DOESNT GET YOU AMPED UP AND EMPOWERED WELL I DUNNO WHAT TO TELL YOU
[all of Canada proposes to Marie-Philip Poulin]
Team Canada celebrates winning gold in Women’s Ice Hockey
TRUE NORTH STRONG AND FREE BABY
HONESTLY THE AMERICANS ARE SUCH A STRONG TEAM AND THEY PLAYED AND SKATED SO WELL THAT RIVALRY IS FUCKING INTENSE BUT WE DID IT WE FUCKING DID IT THAT WAS AN A+ GAME OMFG
we can always count on liam and louis to bring us inspirational tweets
funny that men mock women going everywhere in groups
but we’re not supposed to go out alone otherwise we might be blamed for our own rape, our own murder.