Volume 96, Issue 13
Thursday September 19, 2002

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Lacross/Curling

Mention a fast paced, fury of sticks and Canadians go wild. Tell them you're talking about lacrosse and they'll quiet down a bit.

Heartbreaking as it may be to some, hockey is not Canada's national sport – it's actually lacrosse.

Not only does the game provide entertainment to often sold out crowds for teams like the Toronto Rock, but it also serves as a link to Canada's rich native history. In the 1840s the native peoples of North America first introduced the sport of lacrosse to European settlers. This cultural embrace was one of the rare links between the two groups and remains one of the first symbols of Canada.

While in the realm of Canadian symbols, there is still another noteworthy sport in Canadian history which too often remains an underdog.

As favourites in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, the Canadian women's curling team prevailed over the United States to win the bronze medal, re-enforcing Canada's rich involvement in the sport of curling.

In the end, the true north remains a better land, thanks to the intense lacrosse and curling teams which serve as threads in the rich tapestry of Canadian culture.

–Lorraine Forster

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