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Apr
13

Simon & Schuster Canada to publish Clara Hughes’ memoir

TORONTO, April 13, 2015 /CNW/ – Simon & Schuster Canada announces the publication of Clara Hughes’ memoir, Open Heart, Open Mind, to be released in fall 2015. The acquisition was handled by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency. Canadian Olympic champion Clara Hughes is celebrated as the only athlete in history to have won multiple medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, and she has since emerged as … more

Feb
16

Clara Hughes didn’t even tell her mom she was depressed

By: Sadiya Ansari Staff Reporter, Published on Sun Jan 25 2015 The Toronto Star     When Olympian Clara Hughes agreed to speak publicly for the first time in 2010 about her experience with depression, she wasn’t sure anyone would care. But one of the people closest to Hughes didn’t know about her struggle more than 10 years after she sought help. “My mother found out on TV,” … more

Feb
16

Clara Hughes: Oshawa school renamed in honour of Olympian

    Today Clara Hughes will add another accolade to her six Olympic medals and Order of Canada, one she says is close to her heart.     She told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning Thursday that she’s elated a school in Oshawa, Ont., will be renamed Clara Hughes Public School at a ceremony today.     “It’s so special because for so many students, that’s their place of … more

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


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