Friday, January 31, 2014

Sochi 2014 Olympic Youth Photo/Video Blog

Canadian Olympic School Program Newsletter

Sochi 2014 Youth Photo/Video Blog

In order to process all of the requests we receive from young fans showing their support for athletes, we have created a “GO CANADA: Youth Cheer on Canadian Athletes” running photo/video blog that will be hosted on (or for French) during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games which will go live on February 4. Not only will this blog be viewable to fans across the country, it will also be shared with our athletes competing in Sochi via social media, and will be running in Canada Olympic

Lots of ways to read
about the Olympics!

 House in the Olympic Park for Team Canada athletes, staff and family to view throughout their time in Sochi.
In order to submit content to the blog, please do one of the following:
  1. PREFERRED: Visit the blog page at, click on the “GO CANADA: Youth Cheer on Canadian Athletes” blog, and upload your photo or video for approval. Once approved, it will show up on the blog’s stream. 
  2. PREFERRED: Tweet a photo @CDNOlympicTeam using the hashtag #OlympicEDU, with no other links in the tweet. We suggest creating a “group” twitter account (eg. For your class, school or family), managed by an adult, to submit the photo. This will ensure that your submission will be reviewed and posted on the blog as soon as possible. 
  3. PREFERRED: Post your video on Youtube, then paste the url link for the video into the photo blog submission box We suggest creating a “group” Youtube account (eg. For your class, school or family), managed by an adult, to submit the video. This will ensure that your submission will be reviewed and posted on the blog as soon as possible. 
  4. Send an email with an attached photo or a link to a Youtube video to using the subject line “Photo Blog Submission”. This will take a longer time to review and post on the blog, so please try doing steps 1, 2 and 3 first.
 Please keep in mind the following guidelines for blog submissions:
  1. Only photos in .jpg form and video files in .avi, .flv, .mp4 and .wav will be accepted.
  2. Files must be maximum 250 MB to upload to the blog. If your photo is larger than this, please follow the instructions in step 2 above. If your video is larger than this, please follow this instructions in step 3 above.
  3. If you want to submit letters written to the Team or to athletes, please take a photo of them, and follow the instructions for submitting photos.
  4. This is a youth, school and family-oriented blog. Please be respectful and conscious of your audience when posting to the blog.
Here are some suggestions for effective blog posts to ensure your hard work is seen by our athletes, team and all of Canada! We will be taking the best submissions and using them for events and interviews at Canada Olympic House in Sochi!
  1. Make your posts visually appealing! Encourage your students or children to also include drawings and/or pictures if they wish to write letters.
  2. The more content, the better! Have your class or family create individual letters, drawings, etc. as well a group photo or video.
  3. Consider making use of our Canadian Olympic School Program resources for your posts! Show us your class or family’s creative take on the GO CANADA Bulletin Board (available at or our Olympic decorations (
Finally, for sending letters to athletes, the best chance of them being seen by the athletes before or during the Games is through this blog. If you would still like to send the letters directly to athletes, please send them to the Canadian Olympic Committee the address below, and we will do our best to deliver them to athletes after they have returned from Sochi.

ATTN: Sandra Sassine
Canadian Olympic Committee
500, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest
Montréal, Québec
H2Z 2A5

The Education Team

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