Did you know Canada.. I wanted to look at another Canadian invention today – the IMAX!! Canadians Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, Robert Kerr, and William C. Shaw developed the IMAX system in 1968. IMAX is a motion picture film format and a set of proprietary cinema projection standards, IMAX increases the resolution of the image by using a much larger film frame. IMAX theatre construction also differs significantly from conventional theatres. The increased resolution allows the audience to be much closer to the screen. You’ve probably been to a few different style of IMAX screens. ‘Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience’ is the all-time highest grossing IMAX release; the worldwide IMAX box office total for the film climbed to more than $220 million since the movie’s launch in December 2009. Very exciting and a great Canadian invention Read more →
Did you know Canada.. I am getting excited about the Sochi Olympics – aren’t you? To add to my excitement, I recently got to chat with Joan Montgomery, Mom of Olympics Gold Medalist Jon Montgomery. Jon won the Gold Medal in the men’s skeleton event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. We talked a lot about how to support your child in sports, win or lose, the excitement of the Vancouver Games and Jon’s Canadian Pride (and how proud we are of him too!).
While always heavily into sports, Jon played a lot of hockey growing up, you might be surprised to know Jon did not get involved in his Olympic sport, the skeleton, until his early 20’s. He visited the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary with his parents while they were visiting and playing tourist and a skeleton race was being held at the time. Jon was hooked with the sport and started racing competitively not long after watching it in Calgary. Jon’s first year was rough but Mom Joan remembers Jon as being determined and persistent, which was the key to his future wins. She thinks the skeleton is a great fit with Jon’s personality.
Being a Mom myself I had to ask Joan if she was nervous when Jon raced but she’s not, she enjoys it! She says she was more nervous when Jon was around 10-14 and often the small kid on his hockey team – often coming up to the elbows of the other kids!
When speaking with Joan on how to guide older children in making the right decisions, we discussed how to help your children make the right decisions at any age, Joan had a lot of great advice. Communication is the key, which we all know when we hear that line but it’s sometimes hard to follow through isn’t it. I know I myself often make decisions for my boys without telling them the why and the how, but Joan advises on helping your children think through the pros and cons, and have your child ask themselves what the benefit of this decision was. Her example was back when Jon played hockey and how to make the choice of sticking with house league or getting involved in travel teams – travel sounds exciting, but what are the true benefits of the team? She says that if you stick with that communication when they are young even when they grow up and leave home kids are often more willing to talk. We also discussed how email and texts are great in this day and age because Mom can pass on some advice the kids can read at their leisure and they don’t have to reply if they don’t want to.
When discussing how to support your child through both the wins and the loses Joan confirms it’s something they are still going through now, it’s unlikely that we will see Jon in Sochi, but her best advice is to just listen. Let them be sad and work through the disappointment as a family and tell your children you love them every day, which Joan and her husband do. When looking back on Jon’s Gold Medal in Vancouver, winning in your home country is unbelievable and it truly takes time to sink in. Joan says it gets more special as time goes by and you look back on those moments. You all may remember a fun moment from the Vancouver Games when Jon marched through a crowd of Canadian fans singing the national anthem and chugging a pitcher of beer – talk about a true Canadian!
On that note Jon’s love for his country is obvious. His Dad actually taught history and social studies and Jon was in his class. We will see even more of Jon’s Canadian Pride when he hosts The Amazing Race Canada – how exciting is that?!
It was such a treat to speak with Joan, and I join P&G in saying Thank you Mom! All our kiddos need our support as they strive to be champions in their own right and I thank Joan for such great advice we can take into our own lives.
Good Luck Jon, Canada loves our Olympic Gold Medalist!