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Bobsled #beardmode: A bristly motto for Canadian men’s teams

What is #beardmode? If you haven’t already caught the facial follicle fever, here’s the lowdown: It’s the unofficial motto of Canada’s men’s bobsled team (an explanation on Tim Randall’s website,

#Beardmode can be traced back to Seattle Seahawk and Super Bowl-winning running back Marshawn Lynch, as well as Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, both of whom have been referred to as “beastmode” thanks to their game-changing performances. Seeking to channel some of that beastly mojo Canada’s big, brawny dudes have bonded with a team effort to grow some chin furniture and have appended the hashtag #beardmode to just about every social update they post. It is now taking on a life of its own, as a Twitter tag search reveals.

Justin Kripps (@justinkripps) is another of the chief beardmoders, and has also run afoul of Russia’s web censors. Some of the most amusing moments of beardness come from him:

And the fans are getting into it too…

And here’s a case for beards:

Join us!  #beardmode #teamkripps


Social roundup: Medal cheers and some early goodbyes

What have the athletes been getting up to?

Team Canada landed in Sochi!@dominiquesbx @robfagan @chrisrobanske @jakeholdensbx @maellericker @cdnolympicteam


And lastly, hey athletes, let’s try to keep it clean!

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Social media roundup: Athletes gear up for Day 1 of the Games

Athletes were busy Saturday with 11 events in nine sports underway, including several qualifying rounds, practices and even a few medal competitions. Here’s a roundup of activity from Twitter.

Bearded bobsledders

The Canadian bobsled team’s earning some attention for their quintessentially Canadian adornments: big bushy beards. Christopher Sprint, the team’s driver, tweeted this photo from inside Canada Olympic House.


Canadian curler E.J. Harnden tweeted this practice shot featuring skipper Brad Jacobs.


Three Canadians are set to compete in the men’s luge qualifying round today. Skeleton athletes John Fairbairn and Sarah Reid tweeted these photo of their trek to the track.

Ski jumping

Atsuko Tanaka posted her finishing times saying she’s “feeling good” about her distance.

Happy birthday Manuel!

Manuel Paradis turned 30 today and his face was plastered around the athletes village, which might have been too cruel a reminder for the alpine skier.

Hard to keep turning 30 to myself with these posted around the athlete village. #sochi2014 #racedaytomorrow #canada #wearewinter #cbcolympics #cdnolympics #pumped #proud #old #oldmanstrength

Moral support

Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted his own support for the athletes, citing his well-worn appreciation for “pushing the edge of human capability.”

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Profile: Kaillie Humphries

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

The definition of dominance? Driver Kaillie Humphries of Calgary had a streak of 15 consecutive podium finishes in the two-woman bobsleigh before it was snapped last Dec. 7, in Utah, where she finished seventh. She counted 11 victories during the streak, including two world championship titles.

Humphries wasn’t down for long. The 28-year-old regained the top of the podium a week later in Lake Placid, N.Y., even though her long-time brakewoman, Heather Moyse of Summerside, PEI, was nursing a sore back and was unable to train for several days before the event.

The dynamic duo captured the overall World Cup bobsleigh title in Germany last weekend to serve notice they are ready to defend their Olympic title in Sochi. After the Vancouver Games, Moyse took a break from the sport, but in 2013 she was reunited with Humphries, and the pair immediately resumed their winning ways.

“When Heather came back … everything just felt so comfortable right away and I have nothing to worry about,” Humphries said. They expect a stiff challenge in Sochi from Sandra Kiriasis, the veteran German driver, as well as from Elana Meyers from the United States.


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