Martins Dukurs Blazes Trail For Latvia In Men's Skeleton

Martins Dukurs Blazes Trail For Latvia In MenLatvia was on course for its first Winter Olympic gold medal on Thursday when Martins Dukurs blazed a trail down the Whistler track to lead the men's skeleton competition at the midway point.

On a day when the safety of the course was again questioned following a string of crashes in bobsleigh practice, Dukurs nailed two runs down the treacherous 1,400 meter layout and smashed the track record on his first slide.>>>

Oranmiyan Oke-Ijetu Prays For Aregbe’s Deceased Sister

 Oranmiyan Oke-Ijetu Prays For Aregbe’s Deceased SisterIt was a rain of prayers in Oke-Ijetu area Osogbo, Osun State capital on Sunday, as leadership and members of Oranmiyan, Oke-Ijetu held a marathon one-year remembrance prayers session for the late Alhaja Wosilat Oseni (Nee Aregbesola), the deceased elder sister of the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in the state, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola.>>>

The wisdom of a medicine man

The wisdom of a medicine manShe looked like trouble: a woman in sunglasses, sweatpants and flip flops who walked up to Richard Ybarra’s booth at Fishermen’s Village, the outdoor mall in Punta Gorda where he sells hand-made jewelry. Clearly intoxicated and out of sorts, she must have recognized Mr. Ybarra as a soft place to fall, because soon she had collapsed into his arms, spilling intimate details about her life and her ex-husband.

People walking by did their best to ignore her existence. But not Mr. Ybarra.>>>

Shamanism: This turtle's out to win the race

Shamanism: This turtleIt may seem odd that a guy whose event is all about speed would have a turtle painted on the front of his helmet.

But Canadian skeleton racer Jon Montgomery isn't about to mess with the wisdom of a shaman.

Last September some members of the Canadian team -- which begins its quest for gold Thursday night at the Whistler Sliding Centre -- visited sport shaman Sandra Molendyk in Revelstoke. They had their sleds blessed and built a totem pole and painted it with their own hopes and dreams.>>>

Hollingsworth inspired by creepy-crawly power

Hollingsworth inspired by creepy-crawly powerMellisa Hollingsworth speeds like lightning and has a horse skull painted on her helmet but it is the power of the humble ant that could fire her to gold in the Olympic women's skeleton starting on Thursday.

The Canadian and her team mates visited a shaman in British Columbia last September and after making totem poles and discovering their animal spirits within she has enjoyed a phenomenal season, winning the World Cup title with seven podiums from eight races.>>>