Writing on wall for Renner

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:08 PM ET

Now we know the truth: Sara Renner was destined to break her pole in the Olympics, setting up one of the most heart-warming acts from the Turin Games.

Turns out the backcountry lodge at Mount Assiniboine, B.C., that Renner's parents have run for years is covered with tiny branded logos of a broken ski pole etched in the furniture and the walls.

They weren't put there after Norwegian cross-country ski coach Bjornar Haakensmoen rescued her Olympic medal hopes by replacing her broken pole but they were etched in shortly after the lodge was built in 1928 by, of all people, a Norwegian.

Haakensmoen and Renner will be reunited as Stampede parade marshals Friday.

Now, more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world inundated with more Chris Pronger e-mail rumours than trade rumours:

AROUND THE HORN: On the very same day the Colorado Avalanche signed Ossi Vaananen and Antti Laaksonen, the team also picked up the creator of Hooked on Phonics and the reigning American spelling bee champ to help write their media guide ... Out of breath, o-lineman Jay McNeil to Sandro DeAngelis after the fleet-footed Stamps kicker had the entire team chase him into the locker-room following his game-ending field goal against Hamilton: "I told him if he did that again, I would kick his (butt)." ... Jermaine Chatman when asked on the Jumbotron who he'd like to room with: "(Teammate) Trey Young," said Chatman, who was then asked why. "Because he smells good" ... Canmore resident and the NFL's all-time leading scorer Gary Anderson at his second annual golf tourney at Stewart Creek: "I wish there were mulligans for field goals," said the retired kicker when sold a golf 'do-over.' Gary and his wife Kay raised $50,000 last week to help kids in the Bow Valley play sports ... So popular is McMahon Stadium's new FieldTurf, the Eskimos are considering replacing their natural grass with it. Stamps athletic therapist Pat Clayton says the investment in the turf has already paid dividends as he says video shows injuries to David Allen and Jermaine Chatman would both have been much more severe had they occurred on artificial turf. Expect the turf to be installed worldwide now that FIFA has finally given the nod to replace real turf with it.

PARTING GIFTS: Best name in the CFL belongs to Hamilton Tiger Cats defensive back Sandy Beveridge. Runner up: Saskatchewan back Shukree Shabazz ... All that talent from football-mad England and the only one who can score on a penalty kick is a Calgarian? ... Calgary boxer Dale Brown, 34, is contemplating retirement after injuring his back in a shocking loss ... Truth is, Henry Burris can, in fact, carry the Stamps on his back if he continues to keep the opposition off balance by running as much as he did last week ... And here I was thinking the departure of Lance Armstrong would mean we'd never hear about the Tour de France again ... Don't kid yourself: The Calgary Flames are done dealing. The only announcement they'll make between now and the fall is that Darryl Sutter will stay on as head coach for another year ... Team to watch next season: The Phoenix Coyotes ... It's no coincidence the Bruins signed both Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard, as the former will be required to cover the latter's defensive lapses all year long.


Videos

Photos