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Jul
6

Christie Blatchford: Physical pain of Clara Hughes’ epic ride for mental health paled next to emotional toll

Christie Blatchford | July 2, 2014 8:02 PM ET National Post     OTTAWA   Clara Hughes’ enormous heart is sore.   After riding a bike for 110 days over the vast, rough country she now knows so intimately, this is where she most aches.   “There is so much loss that we never hear about — the suicides,” she said in a lengthy interview Wednesday, the day … more

Dec
30

Sports stars: Privileged and responsible

MONTREAL BY JACK TODD, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE DECEMBER 27, 2013   When former amateur boxer Nelson Mandela died in South Africa this month, the world mourned.   When protesters in Ukraine needed a leader with the courage to take to the streets to oppose a repressive, pro-Russian regime, they turned to the great heavyweight boxer Vitali Klitschko, whose towering presence on the front lines has both encouraged … more

May
29

Olympic conference an eye-opener for athletes

The Vancouver Sun Canadian Olympic speedskater and cyclist Clara Hughes, of Winnipeg, Man., stops to take a picture of a photograph of Canadian skeleton athlete Michelle Kelly competing at the 2010 Olympics, outside the hotel where the Canadian Olympic team is gathered for a summit in Vancouver B.C., on Monday May 13, 2013. Photograph by: Darryl Dyck , THE CANADIAN PRESS     VANCOUVER – Eric Neilson concedes … more

May
29

Hughes lost two years to mental illness

Erin Cowan Special to The Nugget North Bay, Ontario May 23, 2013 On Thursday night, I stood beside a six-time Olympic medalist powerhouse, tears streaming down my cheeks. Clara Hughes gave me a reassuring squeeze around the shoulders and gave me her favourite medal to wear in the picture I was taking with her. The medal I wore around my neck was the bronze she won on Canadian … more

May
7

Olympian Clara Hughes shares depression story to sold out London crowd

CTV London Published Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:35AM EDT Six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes told her personal story of depression at the Breakfast of Champions at the London Convention Centre Tuesday morning. The speed skater and cyclist says she is determined to break down the walls of stigma surrounding mental illness. “Making my experience with depression public knowledge made me realize this sharing is perhaps more important than … more

May
7

Athletes ‘don’t belong’ on a pedestal: Olympian Clara Hughes

By John Matisz Metro London   Clara Hughes is not your typical Olympian.   For starters, she’s the only Canadian ever to medal in both the winter and summer Olympics. Hughes is also the only athlete in the world to capture multiple medals in both Olympics.   Hughes’ story and life journey also stands out for another reason: She’s battled, and beaten, depression. About a decade ago, Hughes … more

May
7

Six-time Olympic medalist says face of mental health care starting to change

  More than anything, I think, it’s her smile — that big, toothy grin that sweeps you up into her radiant, red-haired enthusiasm — that connects Canadians to Clara Hughes.   More than her six Olympic medals, or her two demanding pursuits (cycling and speed skating) or her astounding participation in six separate Olympic Games (three summer and three winter) from 1996 to 2012.   It’s her smile … more

May
7

Clara’s Climb ‘means the world to me’

Hamilton Spectator Olympic cyclist and speed skater Clara Hughes was lovingly referred to as Dundas’ adopted daughter Saturday, at a plaque dedication renaming the steep hill on Sydenham Road on which she trained for seven years.   It is now called ‘Clara’s Climb.’   The adoring crowd of about 200 to 300 gathered at the lookout atop Clara’s Climb and laid claim to Hughes with an affection rivalling … more

May
7

Clara Hughes: ‘You show people the joy, and you share the struggle’

Hamilton Spectator Cycling is heavily involved here so, naturally, what goes around will come around.   Clara Hughes wants the best for everyone and — so the wheel turns — everyone wants the best for her.   Hughes, the singular combination of competitiveness and compassion who symbolizes the very best this country has to offer, returns this weekend to a place “that feels like home to me.”   … more

May
7

Clara Hughes announces Clara’s Big Ride for Bell’s Let’s Talk, which will be hosted to encourage discussion about mental health.

CTVNews.ca Staff Published Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:02PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:33PM EDT   Six-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes is preparing for what she says will be the “most important” ride of her life. Hughes, who suffered from severe depression for two years after her first Olympic Games in Atlanta, will be embarking on a 12,000-kilometre bike ride across Canada next spring.   The … more


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