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While the Cranky Crankersons out there the Olympics and never watch a minute of the wall to wall coverage, many more of us live and die with our athletes, plenty of whom have spent years in Alberta fine tuning their skills for the ultimate stage.

We mere mortals disrupt our lives for two weeks to take in so much of the action that broadcast overnight from Pyeongchang, South Korea, but the athletes have dedicated their young lives.

While the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games were indeed a magical moment in this province history, it the amazing legacy of those venues, minus the problematic ski jumps, that has allowed the spirit to live on in the hearts of today athletes.

The men and women of vision who brought the Games to Calgary did so much more with their inspired belief that Canada, and, in fact, the world could and would benefit greatly from the legacy of 1988 when the Games themselves had long moved on.

Those facilities, so familiar now as part of the landscape, both literally and culturally, have proven critical in Canada development as a winter sports powerhouse.

Remember, we only won five medals in 1988 silvers from Brian Orser and Elizabeth Manley, and bronze from Karen Percy (two!) and Rob McCall and Tracy Wilson.

But wow, those medals and those Games were the initial inspiration for generations of amazing athletes and those who continue to slide, glide and ride for national glory.

We had 27 medals as of press time before the Olympics in Pyeongchang were over.

So as the fine young men and women representing Canada on the world stage give their all for Olympic glory, let us remember and appreciate those who initially brought the 1988 Games and our legacy venues to Calgary and had the foresight to make Alberta a place where dreams take flight.
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Early in her career, Meagan Fitzpatrick had a job as the Ottawa reporter for Dose, a free daily newspaper owned by Canwest Global Communications. wanted me to work from home, but I was living at my parents house, so I really think that would be the best idea, she recalls.

On a whim, Meagan asked if there was a vacant desk she could use at one of offices, either at the Ottawa where she worked prior to joining Dose or at CanWest Parliamentary bureau in downtown Ottawa. By chance, there was an empty desk at the bureau, and so Meagan began hanging her hat there.

CanWest eventually pulled the plug on Dose, I was let go, but I got hired during the same conversation because CanWest Parliamentary bureau took me on, says Meagan. From there, it was on to the CBC in early 2011. why I say if I hadn asked for a desk, I wouldn be where I am today.

now advise young grads: Never be afraid to ask for anything, because the worst you can be told is It never hurts to ask. However, last fall she began filling in for a colleague on maternity leave and was given a broader set of tasks that included live TV reporting and calling in to various local CBC radio shows across the country to give a weekly Ottawa report.

jumped at the chance [to work on all three platforms]. I think you should seize whatever opportunities come along. Challenge yourself,
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she says.

Meagan flourished in her new roles. And why not? She no stranger to trying new challenges that lead her in new directions.

She recalls that it was a summer at the Alumni Review in 2001 that motivated her to consider journalism as a career. made me think, can do this [writing and reporting work] full time, she says.

That realization prompted her to enrol in the Master of Arts program in journalism at Western University, where she in television.

Her most recent challenge has been working at CBC Hong Kong as a correspondent for three months earlier this year dream come true for me, she says.

While she a political reporter here in Canada, in Hong Kong she got to write about a diverse range of topics. is one of the most dynamic places in the world right now, and Hong Kong is considered a gateway to China. Canada relationship with China is developing in many ways. It important for us to be here. she always thrilled to work overseas and hopes to land more such gigs, Meagan local assignments are anything but dull. She loves working on Parliament Hill, where she sometimes dons high heels for Parliamentary scrums. When she does, it hard to miss her. six feet tall, and if my shoes have three inch heels, so be it, she says with a laugh.

As a Parliamentary Press Gallery reporter, Meagan has had some memorable assignments. She covered the Ottawa visits of Barack Obama and newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton. And she went on a whirlwind European trip with Prime Stephen Harper countries in four days. the major events Meagan has reported on was the death of New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton, who had been her for the 2010 Press Gallery dinner to which reporters bring MPs as their dates. She later wrote extensively about the NDP subsequent leadership campaign and covered the convention at which Tom Mulcair was chosen as the party new leader.

Meagan is passionate both about politics and journalism. a lot of on Parliament Hill and among the reporters. That another reason I love my job. key reason Meagan wanted to work at the CBC was to learn more about online news, which she believes is journalism future. example, Twitter is a great way to find out what the competition is saying. It also a way to interact with our audience. It changes the way a journalist reports. I tweet from a news conference,
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telling the news as it happens. I definitely on the pro Twitter side.