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Saskatchewan in Sochi: Patrick Marleau looks for hockey repeat

From the kilometres of wide-open, flat prairie landscape to the hustle and bustle of California, NHL star Patrick Marleau is now in Sochi, Russia to once again represent Canada at the Olympics.

The San Jose Sharks forward and Saskatchewan native will try and replicate what he did four years ago in Vancouver by winning a gold medal. Playing hockey at the highest level was a dream for Marleau, a dream that started seemingly in the middle of nowhere: Aneroid.

Saskatchewan in Sochi: Kali Christ goes from Mount Pleasant to the Olympics

A career that started at the Mount Pleasant Oval as a member of the Regina Speed Skating Club has taken a young Regina woman all the way to Sochi, Russia.

Regina native Kali Christ, 22, has made her trek across the Pacific for the chance of realizing a dream: to represent Canada and win an Olympic gold medal in Sochi. She'll have a chance to do that as part of Canada's Long-track speed skating team.

Saskatchewan skaters and family cheer for Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers

A big cheer went up at the IMAX theatre in Regina as Saskatchewan figure skating pair Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers stepped onto the ice in Sochi.

Among the crowd of young figure skaters and Saskatchewan coaches from Skate Canada was Lawrence’s grandmother, Margary Toppings who came from her home in Kipling to watch Paige on the big screen.

“It’s unbelievable, I never expected that but it’s just great to see her there and performing – her and Rudi,” she said.

Toppings still remembers the first time she saw her granddaughter on skates.

UPDATED: Riders re-sign Chris Milo, lose Craig Butler as CFL free agency opens

It's always one of the craziest days in the CFL off-season as free agency officially opened on Tuesday.

The Riders were quick to get in on the act as they re-signed kicker Chris Milo. Milo is entering his fourth season in in the CFL after being drafted by the Riders in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.

Saskatchewan in Sochi: Mike Babcock chases repeat gold

Sitting in Steve Yzerman’s office, being told he was going to be the head coach for the Canadian men’s hockey team at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver was both exciting and frightening for Mike Babcock.

“Last time when I got the job … I walked out to my truck and thought ‘oh my god, what did I get myself into,’” Babcock said on the phone from Detroit.  “And the same thing happened when I said yes this time, but then it doesn’t hit me until I get to the Olympics.”

Saskatchewan in Sochi: former coach recalls Regina's Chris Kunitz

When John Bolen watches a Pittsburgh Penguins game, he doesn't see assistant captain Chris Kunitz as a star hockey player; the 29-year teacher sees the young boy who was on his lacrosse team years ago.

In Bolen's decades of teaching at Regina's Riffel High School, he has had a lot of athletes come through his department. His office in the school's gym has a wall dedicated to pictures of teams he's coached throughout the years and now features three Olympians among them: speed skater Mark Knoll, curler Ben Hebert and hockey player Chris Kunitz.

Different free agency period ahead for Riders

It was basically a year ago that the Riders began their building of a team that would win the Grey Cup.

Throughout the off-season General Manager Brendan Taman added a number of key free agents that ended up paying off as the team captured the 101st Grey Cup on their home turf.

That pressure is now gone, so how busy does Taman expect to be in 2014?

"Not as active as last year, there's no doubt about that," he said. "If we sign one that would probably be the tops."

Saskatchewan in Sochi: White City's Marsha Hudey chases perfect race

It wasn’t outright skill that got White City’s Marsha Hudey to her first-ever Olympics. Her dad likes to think it was a lot of hard work and the ability to chase a dream.

Brad Hudey was a speed skater himself and has studied the sport all of his life. It was something that taught him a lot of important life lessons. So when Marsha turned four, he started taking her to the outdoor oval at Mount Pleasant in Regina.

It wasn’t something that she had asked to do, but she never complained about going either.

Saskatchewan in Sochi: Humboldt speedskater makes his Olympic debut in Sochi

It's moment that 24 year old William Dutton has been training hard for for most of his life.

The Regina-born speedskater will represent his home province in the men's 500m and 1000m races during the 2014 Sochi Olympic games. He qualified by coming in third and fourth respectively at the Olympic trials in Calgary over the holidays.

This will be Dutton's very first Olympic games.

Bronze medal a relief for Mark McMorris

Saskatchewan’s minister of Highways and Infrastructure Don McMorris has finally got the chance to sit down with his son—bronze medal-winning slopestyle snowboarder Mark McMorris—and enjoy a long-awaited moment of relaxation.

Since his victory on Saturday morning, Mark has been inundated with requests for interviews and photo opportunities as the media swarmed the first group of medal winners over the weekend. All the while, his family waited in Sochi for a chance to give their congratulations.

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