Priscilla Lopes-Schliep. Canada’s supreme hurdler. She was a surprise bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. For the record, I called it, on Radio-Canada! The day before her race, on a steamy evening in August in Beijing, I said “don’t count out Priscilla for a medal!!” The look on her face when the results were posted on the jumbo screen at the Olympic stadium was sheer joy, absolute bliss, it was crystal clear Priscilla had just realized a dream.
Catching up with the Olympic medalist some 3 years later in Toronto at York University, the smile on her face is just a warm and contagious. This time, another dream is being realized, that of motherhood. Priscilla gave birth to a healthy 8 lbs, 1 ounce baby girl named Nataliya Ava on September 16. Happy to report, mom and baby are doing fine!
When I met with Priscilla she was 8 months pregnant. That didn’t stop her from heading out to the track everyday to workout. OK, power squats and sprinting over hurdles, not on the schedule during the late stages of her pregnancy but make no mistake about it, Priscilla still had the air of the world class athlete Canada knows and loves. Talking to Priscilla in August she knew she had less than a year to prep for the 2012 London Olympics but true to her stoic, competitive form she wasn’t going to allow that type of pressure to affect her plans of making the Canadian team and heading to London for another shot at yet another Olympic medal. Priscilla is completely determined to get back to racing and winning form in time for the Games.
The pregnancy, for Priscilla and her husband Bronsen, was a blessing. After undergoing surgery to remove a cyst on one of her ovaries in 2007 Priscilla thought she may experience difficulties conceiving, but the 5’4″ powerhouse beat the odds and is now a new mom. The 2010 world number one ranked hurdler knows the road back won’t be easy but watching her slow, yet deliberate cadence during a run and the thoroughness of her extended stretching routines, is a great indicator Priscilla is bound and determined to put in the work, deal with the challenges that come with being a world class athlete and mom and make her 2012 Olympic dreams come true. Speaking on my own experience as an amateur athlete who became a mom just over a year before the 1996 Olympics which I competed in, I can say that Priscilla’s athletic background is about to kick in and help her out big time! That’s the beauty of being a successful amateur athlete, hard work, wins and even losses, are all part of the process to becoming the best you can be.
What makes Priscilla so fascinating is her incredible intensity (you have to watch Priscilla just before the start of a race, fully immersed in the moment, complete focus) and her dazzling smile. The intensity says she’ll take on any challenge, set goals and see them through to the end. That wonderful smile says she’s in love with life and all of it’s possibilities.
Congratulations Priscilla! Go get ‘em!
Spring 2011, I get an assignment to interview model/actor/martial artist Nick Bateman, you know, the gorgeous dude you see on every Abercrombie shopping bag, circa 2010/2011! “Wear something sporty” I was told! Then on the day of the shoot I find out Nick Bateman’s gonna show me a few moves using a bo staff. Cool! I thought he was going to just show me a few moves, didn’t think I’d have to workout with him, but that actually was the case! So there’s Nick, gorgeous and athletic. Confidently spinning that staff through the air and I’m standing to the side trying to figure out how I can avoid impaling myself or anyone around me when it’s my time to handle that stick!
Showtime! After Nick’s demo, I’ve got to jump in and mirror a few moves. Yep, I was a little tense at first, then after missing a few of Nick’s cues everyone laughs, including me. That laugh, at myself, helped me loosen up and breathe. It’s not open heart surgery, it’s actually fun and I’m a lucky DIVA to get a chance to learn from a black belt who happens to be real easy on the eyes and a nice guy too!
BTW, I didn’t impale anyone that day and the story turned out real cute on ET Canada! Hey, who’s got something else for me to try? BRING IT!!
By Monique Savin - The Globe and Mail
Before Rosey Edeh, 44, became a reporter for ET Canada, the former college track star represented Canada in three Olympic Games. Now her athleticism helps her race between movie premieres and airports.
“To always keep my level of endurance and strength high; I used to run 400-metre hurdles and now I love running 5K and 10K races for charity.”
“I copy my old coach’s workouts, but I don’t worry about speed. I have a Nautilus combination system at home where you turn the keys to have anywhere from five to 50 pounds in your hands, so I do two to three exercises per body part, two days a week. And I do a lot of circuit training, so I might do lunges with some weights, stop, and give legs a break and do bench press or even push-ups, and then go back to lunges, and then back to push-ups. For core, I do crunches with a five-kilo medicine ball. Realizing cross training gives my body a break, six years ago I added the elliptical machine or the recumbent bike to my cardio workouts, which are about 40 minutes, five days a week.”
Best Buddies Canada knows how to launch into an inaugural race! Nevermind the rain, hundreds of enthusiastic, caring people came out Sunday morning to support a really good cause. I was lucky enough to be asked to MC the Audi Best Buddies Charity Run AND I got to hang out with some amazingly accomplished athletes! Joannie Rochette, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Alex Bilodeau and Mike Weir brought a special sparkle to the grey day. They were
warm and friendly with anyone who wanted a pic or even a chat. Love those guys and love what Penny Shore and Daniel Greenglass- co-founders of Best Buddies Canada- has done with the organization. Penny, Daniel, you help enhance the lives of the intellectually disabled people across the country, keep on keeping on you guys! So many are touched by what you do! And who can forget organizer Mary Lynn Futers. Awesome job ML!!
Was the PM’s special guest at the opening ceremonies of the World Junior Athletics Championships in Moncton, NB. Talked track & field with the PM, music (he’s heard of Lady Gaga), and movies (he’s seen the latest). He was into the women’s 3km race and presented medals to the winners. I’ll be at the WJC all week as the on-field announcer, will speak at a Women In Sport breakfast on July 24 and MC a very cool multicultural festival later that evening. Meanwhile looking forward to meeting more ET Canada fans from the Maritimes. So far everyone has been really friendly. Some even remember me from my track days. Thanks, Moncton!
|On Feb. 4, 2010, I was part of an awesome experience. I give you my Olympic Torch Run video…
Go Canada Go!
|Rosey interviewed Simon Whitfield, Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist in the triathlon, at the Nike store in Toronto recently.
We’ve included a couple pictures and will have the video of the interview posted. Rosey is interviewing several Olympians for her upcoming ET Canada series called “Road to Vancouver with Rosey”. Watch for the show to air in February 2010.
And for those who have emailed to ask, Rosey was wearing a sweater from Anthroplogie (Don Mills Centre Toronto location) on ET Canada last night (Nov. 24).
We got a lot of emails about that sweater!