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TORONTO - Five-time world hockey champion France St-Louis has joined the Canadian team staff for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Cheap Nike Air Force 270 . St-Louis was named an assistant chef de mission for the Games, joining chef de mission Steve Podborski and assistant chef Jean-Luc Brassard. "What an extraordinary occasion this is for me, an opportunity to be part of the Olympic Movement — something that I have believed in for many years," St-Louis said. "It is going to be an honour to work alongside two incredible individuals like Steve and Jean-Luc. I know how important it is for our athletes to be prepared both physically and mentally in order to achieve their desired objectives and this is exactly what I aim to deliver.” St. Louis was a member of the womens hockey team that won silver at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, and was captain of the team from 1992 to 94. She was also a competitive lacrosse player. 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There are many more players in contention for the awards than just the three that Ive named, and a good or bad week can easily alter the landscape, but through the first 20 or so games of the NHL season, this is how the awards races look to me. . Brazilian national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed that the veteran goalkeeper is set to join Toronto on loan, saying it will help him be ready for the World Cup. NEW YORK -- Dustin Tankersley remembers this clearly. It was 2013 and he was a sleep-deprived US Open racket stringer, standing 18-hour days for nearly three weeks straight. It was late and most of the other stringers had left for the night, but he was one of a pair required to stay until the last match of the day was completed.Rafael Nadal, who had just completed his match, unexpectedly walked into the stringing room.Thanks guys, he said. Ill see you tomorrow.The few stringers left in the shop were surprised and grateful that their work had been noticed and appreciated.He walks out of his way to come into the room and say thanks, Tankersley said. And you dont get that very often.Players come in with six to eight rackets, and want synthetic strings such as Luxilon or natural such as cow gut, loose or tight, strung first thing in the morning or just before a match. When things go right, the stringers rarely hear about it. But when they go wrong, frustrations can be as high as the stakes at the US Open.Wilson, the equipment manufacturer, runs the operation for the US Open and a few other tournaments. The 18 stringers who work for the US Open qualifying tournament and main draw go through a surprisingly rigorous selection process. Every year since 2009, Tankersley has flown from Dallas to New York, where he strings rackets to ridiculous specificity, some days from 7 a.m. until the last ball is struck.They may not see their names in lights or be introduced to a standing ovation at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but Wilsons Ron Rocchi said the stringers here are every bit the professionals as the players they quietly work for. They stand in rows spinning the frames as they work, focused down as tennis luminaries and champions walk by the glass window in front of them.We average 18 minutes, Rocchi said. We could string faster, but we need quality and consistency.On Monday, the group completed 514 rackets, a record for the tournament. And it doesnt matter if its Andy Murray or one of the juniors playing on an outer court; each player gets the same attention and accommodation.Anyone can request anything, and well always say yes, Rocchi said.There is an exception -- and thats when a player needs a racket restrung in the middle of a match. So lets say John Isner is pllaying on the Grandstand and breaks strings on three rackets. Air Max 270 Womens Pink. He might have a ball boy or girl run a racket straight to the desk of the stringing room. Tankersley or longtime stringer Yat Kong would then assign it to the next available worker, and 20 minutes later the racket would be back on the court.Its a factory, said Simona Halep, the No. 5 seed in the womens field. They are very fast. They are very good. All the rackets are made in time and very well done.With stringers from a variety of countries, including Japan and Argentina, players can explain their requirements in their own language.Many of the stringers, such as Joe Heydt of Omaha, Nebraska, grew up playing and stringing their own rackets. Heydt was 17 when he broke a string, and then another, and then went to his local tennis store to figure out how a racket worked. The owner hired him to string in the shop. Eventually, Heydt ended up opening a branch of Racquet Corner in Omaha.Each stringer has his or her own machine -- the Formula One racers of racket stringing, Rocchi said -- that has digitally stored preferences for height and tilt. Those specifications might not make a big difference when stringing one or two rackets, but given the volume, its huge.Its a professional machine, and its made for people who are going to be stringing all day long, Heydt said.By the end of a tournament, Heydt says his fingers are calloused and feel like hard M&Ms from forcing strings into alignment after the stringing is complete. He has a metal tool to help, but its not as effective as feeling for himself where the cross-strings need to sit on the mains.Both Heydt and Tankersley say that the cache of being a US Open stringer is good for business. But that isnt the pull that keeps them coming back. Its not the travel, either. Heydt has been to the Australian Open seven times but spends most of his days at his machine or sleeping.Instead, its a chance to be on the grounds at a Grand Slam, to see the players and, on a night before he won the US Open, have Nadal come in and say thanks.Every job has a pinnacle, Heydt said, and this is the pinnacle of racket stringing. Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys NFL CheapCheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '