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Zelinka adapting to life in Connecticut, with plenty of help from others

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press TORONTO – Jessica Zelinka has to take a pass on an upcoming warm weather training camp in Phoenix next month — what would have been an ideal opportunity for one of Canada’s top track and field athletes to work with an actual coach. Zelinka’s been without a coach since she […]

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Jessica Zelinka on Breakfast Television Calgary

Aired January 14, 2013 The Olympic track athlete (and Calgarian!) gives tips on how to make delicious and healthy snack bars.

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Jessica Zelinka dominates Athletics Canada awards

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., dominated Athletics Canada’s awards for 2012, collecting three honours. The heptathlete won the outstanding athlete of the year, the most outstanding athlete in track events, and the combined events athlete of the year. The winners were chosen by an awards committee from athletes nominated by […]

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Olympian Jessica Zelinka reconsiders retirement

By Sean Fitz-Gerald, National Post TORONTO — Jessica Zelinka, the Canadian track champion and owner of the country’s most famous Olympic abdominal muscles, had just left the stadium when she attacked the first cupcake. It was gone in seconds. Another followed quickly. It was unclear which one survived long enough to be photographed and posted on […]

Olympians arrive back from London to Calgary fanfare

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Olympians arrive back from London to Calgary fanfare

By Celeste de Muelenaere For Metro Calgary With the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremonies all wrapped-up, many Olympic competitors were aboard international flights back home on Monday, and came home to adoring families and fans. As Olympic athletes exited through the arrivals sliding doors of Calgary International Airports, Jessica Zelinka, Nathan Gafuik, Laura Brown and […]

Valiant effort for Canadian hurdlers

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Valiant effort for Canadian hurdlers

No medal, but Zelinka, George acquit themselves well in one of the fastest fields By Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun An Olympic track and field athlete’s body, fully cut and ready to rock – give or take a shot putter’s or a hammer thrower’s – always looks as though you could crack hazel-nuts on it. Case […]

Jessica Zelinka, and the sport that hurts

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Jessica Zelinka, and the sport that hurts

Canada best all-round female athlete leaves it all on the field, and falls short by Charlie Gillis UPDATE: Jessica Zelinka was bumped from sixth to seventh in heptathlon after Lilli Schwarzkopf of Germany successfully challenged her disqualification for lane infringement during the 800-m. The decision gave Schwarzkopf the silver and relegated competitors below her one […]

Seven things to know about Jessica Zelinka ahead of the London Olympics

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Seven things to know about Jessica Zelinka ahead of the London Olympics

Sean Fitz-Gerald Jul 27, 2012 – 9:30 AM ET | Last Updated: Jul 27, 2012 8:47 AM ET National Post Jessica Zelinka is tough, popular and one of Canada’s best hopes for a medal in track and field — in the heptathlon, not the hurdles Jessica Zelinka knew she had an allergy, and she knew […]

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Zelinka strengthened by family bond

Randy Sportak, Calgary Sun — Here’s a tricky question: Is track and field standout Jessica Zelinka better because of the birth of her three-year-old daughter, Anika? The Calgarian who finished fifth in the heptathlon at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing fully intended to be in the game this year. But the 30-year-old has […]

Former national track boss embraces new role

Former national track boss embraces new role

Gramantik better serving athletics with hands-on coaching job By Vicki Hall, Calgary Herald July 25, 2012 Thanks to the salve of time, Les Gramantik looks back at the rejection that stung so much with an entirely different perspective. Demotions are never easy to digest, and Athletics Canada publicly stripped Gramantik of his title as head […]

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