February 25th, 2019
Happy Monday! Okay. We’re gonna get right to our “something new”. International Women’s Day is Friday, March 8th. To celebrate, we’re featuring one bad @$$ female athlete for each of the four newsletters leading up to the special day. Why? Because female athletes only receive 4% of sports media coverage which we think (and we’re sure you do too) is absolutely ridiculous. So, as a women-led sports company, we want to help change that stat.
Scroll to the bottom to see who we’re featuring this week and be sure to follow us on Instagram for some behind-the-scenes footage on our stories. Exciting, we know.
The GIST's Fave Quote of the Week
“You’ll be like ‘damn she’s still fine as hell.’” - Former Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan on how returning to Toronto was like seeing an ex for the first time. LOL, we loved it, and so did the fans. At DeMar’s homecoming on Friday, he received the longest and loudest standing ovation for a returning Raptor (which really makes you wonder who TF tracks these stats). But, his homecoming was spoiled when he turned the ball over to Kawhi Leonard in the final seconds leading to Kawhi sealing the Raptors win.
Ice Is Back with my Brand New Invention
The GIST: The NHL trade deadline is today at 3 p.m. ET. But, since most of the headline trades have already been made, today’s trade deadline is honestly as anti-climactic as Shallow winning best original song at the Oscars last night.
Tradesies: There are two teams that have been gettin’ particularly busy. In two separate trades, the Ottawa Senators sent both Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel to the Columbus Blue Jackets. These trades were pretty expected as the Blue Jackets are in a serious playoff push (they’re currently third in the Metropolitan division), whereas the Senators (last in the Atlantic division) are entering a rebuilding period. Check out all the trades thus far and keep track of what’s to come today here.
Chirpin’: In other hockey news, after coming back from a three-goal deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 on Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs were chirpin’ and it was pretty jokes. Watch the sassiness here. Speaking of chirps, superstar, Connor McDavid, had some of his own this weekend. On Friday, McDavid was handed a two-game suspension for a hit to the head (which is a major no-no in hockey). With most suspensions, players have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety for a chance to voice their side of the story. After the hearing, McDavid was rattled saying, “I know they listen, but I’m not sure they care.” Oooooh boy, them’s fighting words!
All 'Aboot' Canada
The GIST: Although winter can be drab AF with its frigid temperatures and salty streets that stain your fave pair of boots (ugh), it also brings us winter sports—something that we Canadians are very good at.
Curls for the Gurls: Let’s start with curling. Yesterday, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts—which pits the best Canadian female curlers against one another—finished up with Chelsea Carey and Team Alberta dramatically defeating Team Ontario. With this win, Alberta will be representing Canada at the World Championships in March. Also, a special shout-out to skip Jennifer Jones, who, despite losing in the championship round on Friday, became the winningest Scotties skip in Canada’s history her-story.
Skiing Sensation: On the slopes, Mikael Kingsbury continues to prove why he’s Canada’s GOAT moguls skier. At the World Cup in Japan on Saturday, he landed the FIRST EVER cork 1440 in World Cup history. No clue WTF a cork 1440 is? Honestly, same. Watch it here. Kingsbury, went on to win the gold in BOTH the moguls and the dual moguls (two skiers racing side-by-side). He also won double gold at the World Championships. And yes, the championships are different than the World Cup (confusing to us too).
Silver Stunna: Meanwhile Roni Remme won silver in alpine combined at the World Cup. The 'combined' in the World Cup means an aggregate of her slalom and downhill times. She finished just behind Italian Frederica Brignone. Get it, girl!
GIST Some Other Sh!t You Should Know
- Despite losing in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 to Serbian Laslo Dere in yesterday’s Rio Open final, Canadian tennis player Felix Auger-Aliassime has a lot to be proud of. With this finals appearance, he became the youngest player to reach an ATP 500 final at only 18 years old. At that age, we were mostly concerned with finding a convincing enough fake I.D.
- In news that will make your blood boil, the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, has been charged with two counts of soliciting a person to commit prostitution. The charge comes after a raid in a day spa in Florida—a raid that was part of a human trafficking investigation. Despite there being video evidence, the Pats are denying Kraft engaged in any illegal activity *rolls eyes* while the NFL has said they’re continuing to monitor developments. SMDH.
- Need some Monday inspiration? We thought so. Meet the bad@$$ girl gang who became the world’s FIRST EVER all-black team to voluntarily row across the Atlantic Ocean. What makes this 47-day feat even more impressive is that none of these athletes were rowers before they started training. Girl power.
- The best response to a Nike shoe blowout causing shares to drop over $2B? This. #allthefeels
What’s Up This Week
Right Now: Ottawa GISTers, get your tickets! The GIST is hosting our FIRST EVER viewing party in Ottawa on March 7th (the day before International Women’s Day—truly perfect timing we know). Join us to watch the Ottawa Senators take on the New York Islanders. Your $75 ticket includes dinner, a drink, pre-game commentary from our very own Ellen, meeting the Sens CMO Aimee Deziel, a swag bag AND watching the game in The GIST’s suite. Talk about bang for your buck! Get your ticket here.
Monday: Is a jam-packed day of hockey. First, the trade deadline is at 3 p.m. ET today. Then, the Leafs are hosting the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m. ET.
Tuesday: After losing 113-98 to the Orlando Magic on Sunday, the Toronto Raptors will be looking to bounce back against Kyrie Irving and his Boston Celtics. You can catch the action at 8 p.m. ET.
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International Women's Day - Meet Georgia Simmerling
We are SO excited to start our IWD features off with Georgia Simmerling. Simmerling is the first Canadian to compete in three different sports across three different Olympic Games - alpine skiing, ski cross and track cycling. She’s also at the World Track Championships in Poland right now. No big deal, right? Here’s a sneak peek on our interview with Georgia. And be sure to check out the full interview here and follow her day on our IG stories here.
Ellen from The GIST: How the heck do you manage to be an athlete in three different sports?! How does the training differ between them? That’s amazing!
Georgia Simmerling: How I compete at an elite level I think goes back to my personality. I grew up alpine skiing, but then I got to a point in my career as a young alpine skier where I didn’t see myself progressing to where I wanted to for the next couple years. Then, I heard of ski cross and that looked like a HELLUVA lot of fun so I wanted to give it a shot. I’m a pretty dedicated athlete with crazy willpower to continue to succeed and find success. Really, it comes down to doing what you love and that’s exactly what I’m doing.
In terms of training for skiing vs. cycling, my body just kind of changes itself. In skicross, you need to have a really strong upper and lower body, and agility is also super important. On the other hand, cycling is very linear. I end up biking away some of the weight in my upper body and lose my butt… which I’m never happy about. *cue laughter* The weight change altogether is about 10 ish pounds. The big difference between skiing vs. track cycling is the team aspect. It’s very different training and competing as an individual vs. as part of a team. I could go on forever about the differences, but I truly do love them both.
Get Georgia’s full answer and her full interview here.