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CALGARY -- Kyle Shewfelts Olympic gold medal in gymnastics shines bright a decade later because it is the first and only of its kind in Canada. Unlike the Olympic champion who has a teammate or hero to follow or emulate, Shewfelt blazed his own trail to win the floor routine in 2004. He is the only Canadian to win an Olympic medal of any colour in gymnastics. The Calgarian is among the athletes, builders and coaches who will be inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in June. Hell join speedskater Cindy Klassen, the victorious mens eight rowing team of 2008, speedskating coach Marcel Lacroix, hockey coach Pat Quinn and the late, former Alberta premier Ralph Klein among the 2014 inductees. Sports journalist Richard Garneau, who covered 23 Olympic Games, will receive the Canadian Olympic Order posthumously. While Shewfelt agrees no Canadian beat a path to the podium for him, he didnt feel isolated in his quest. "Why did it happen for me? I wasnt by myself," Shewfelt said. "I had tons of supporters, amazing teammates, my national federation was so supportive of the dream. They sent me around the world when I was 17 to get that experience. I just never wavered in my belief that it was possible. "I watched the Russians, I watched the Americans, the Chinese and the Japanese and I imagined myself being just like them. I did have incredible Canadian ambassadors in sport, Jennifer Wood was my idol, Curtis Hibbert, Stella Umeh, these are people I really looked up to. "For myself, I wanted to take it to the next level and I guess it took a lot of courage for myself to do that, but it was something I was willing to risk. I knew as an athlete that when I ended by career, I wanted to look back and have no regrets. I had to chase the biggest dream possible." Shewfelt, 31, retired in 2009 after competing in three Olympic Games. He broke both legs in competition less than a year out from the 2008 Summer Games, yet finished ninth in the vault and 11th in the floor routine in Beijing. Shewfelt, who has a vault named after him, recently opened a gymnastics school in the city. The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame was established in 1949. It is housed in the Frank King Olympic Visitors Centre at Calgarys Canada Olympic Park about a kilometre from Canadas Sports Hall of Fame. Previous inductees into the Olympic Hall of Fame include wrestler Daniel Igali, swimmer Mark Tewksbury, synchronized swimmer Caroline Waldo and sprinter Donovan Bailey. The class of 2014 was revealed Wednesday in downtown Calgary along with the announcement that the city will host a three-day celebration June 4-6 of Canadas performance at the Sochi Games. Shewfelt and Lacroix, who coached Christine Nesbitt and the mens pursuit team to Olympic gold in 2010, attended the news conference. Quinn and members of the mens eight participated in a conference call. Klein spearheaded Calgarys bid for the 1988 Winter Games when he was mayor of the city. Albertas premier from 1992 to 2006 died last year at the age of 70. Winnipegs Klassen won five medals, including one gold, at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee at the time, labelled her "the woman of the Games." With six career medals, she and Clara Hughes are Canadas most decorated Olympians of all time. Klassen, 34, did not compete in trials to qualify for Sochi because of a concussion. She has yet to announce her retirement from speedskating. Canada won the first mens hockey gold in 50 years in 2002 with Quinn behind the bench. Canadians were still stinging from finishing out of the medals four years earlier when NHL players first participated in the Winter Games. It didnt help that Canada got off to a rough start in Salt Lake City with a loss to Sweden. "In the first game, we had eight lousy minutes," Quinn recalled. "Everybody was down after the first loss to Sweden. By the time we reviewed the tape of the game, we knew that we werent that far off. Even though the score was ugly, the game wasnt ugly." The leadership of Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic and Joe Nieuwendyk steered the team through choppy waters and also got young players on the team to toe the line, Quinn said. "Our leadership took over and said this is the way were going to do it," Quinn said. "That was when we simply had a change in our mindset about what team means. We got these young guys paying attention through the process. "Thats what saved us in Salt Lake. Our goal was to get better shift by shift because we had no real practice time and thats where the coach needs his team to come together is through practice. We used the early games as a practice to get ready for the final round." The mens eight of coxswain Brian Price, Andrew Byrnes, Ben Rutledge, Dominic Seiterle, Kyle Hamilton, Malcolm Howard, Jake Wetzel, Adam Kreek and Kevin Light led the final from start to finish to win gold in Beijing. It was a tale of redemption after a heavily favoured Canadian crew finished out of the medals four years earlier. The Canadians dodged early pitfalls in Beijing. Primed and ready for their first heat, races were cancelled that day due to lightning. "Picture a bunch of racehorses or dogs at a race track and theyre all revved up to go and attack and they have all this energy and adrenaline built up," Kreek explained. "We were like these racehorses ready to run, these hunting dogs ready to pounce." With officials hustling boats off the course, Price used what little time they had to get hard rows in as they headed for the docks. "We didnt have to go back and sit on bikes or on the rowing machine and try to get some work in," Hamilton said. "We were able to manipulate the situation to make sure we got our work in and were ready to go. "Instead of just paddling back, Brian had already shifted us into the next day into the next race plan. That really kind of set us up for the next day, set us up for the regatta and told the young guys on the crew that we were ready to go, we knew what we were doing and we could handle every situation." They needed that composure the following day. Not 500 metres into their heat, the Australians blew a rudder and veered towards the Canadian boat. "Were seeing this Australian boat coming towards us and its going to pierce right through our hull," Kreek recalled. "The eight of us wont act unless Brian says something. Brian sees the Aussies coming at us and says take five strokes now. "All eight of us take the biggest strokes of our life. We barely missed the Aussie boat as it skidded right behind our stern." Lacroix coached Nesbitt and the mens pursuit team of Denny Morrison, Mathieu Giroux and Lucas Makowsky to gold at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C. Now the associate director of sport at Calgarys Olympic Oval, Lacroix says Canadas sport system now recognizes and values the coachs contribution to an athletes performance. One example is the Canadian Olympic Committee now pays medal bonuses to coaches of Olympic medallists. "From the provincial level all the way to the national team and to the COC, there is a big push in terms of recognizing the profession of coaching," Lacroix said. "It has become a profession. Now with the bonuses that are given to the coaches for their effort, I think it is showing a lot of respect for that profession at all levels." 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The thinking at the time was Clowney could have already been promised he would be selected first overall by the Houston Texans, therefore negating any need to meet with any other teams. The plot took another twist this week.Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool currently have no Premier League advantage in being out of Europe, but admits Manchester United could benefit from an early exit from the Europa League. The German does not believe Liverpools lack of continental competition gives them any benefit over their domestic rivals and queried whether Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is asked such questions, with the Blues also having no fixtures in Europe this season.Klopp also suggested that Jose Mourinho and United may soon be in a similar position after their 2-1 Europa League defeat at Fenerbahce saw them slip to third in Group A. Man United lost 2-1 at Fenerbahce on Thursday What is an advantage? Its only our situation, nothing else, Klopp said ahead of Liverpools Premier League clash at home to Watford on Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1.When I was in Europe, I never thought this is too much. We just have to show that we use the extra time for training. Football Score Centre app Sky Sports customers can watch Premier League goals and highlights every weekend at no extra cost. Do you ask Antonio Conte about this every week? Maybe Man United will have it from January. Maybe ask them. Maybe its not a positive thing [losing] and then from January, its very positive not being in Europe any more.United host second-placed Feyenoord on November 24 before travelling to face Zorya Luhansk on December 8. Klopp has welcomed the appointment of new Sporting Director Michael Kennedy at Liverpool, but insists he remains responsible for all transfers Liverpool were well beaten by Watford at Vicarage Road last December, with Klopp saying the only good thing about that day was the clubs Christmas party which followed the game, but he insists a great deal has changed since then for both sides.When asked what has changed, he said: Thank God a lot! The time was really busy. We had game after game, with injuries. This day Watford did well but it was too easy for them. We had a big say in the result. So nothing to compare in this moment. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. Best thing about the away game at Watford last season was that we had the Christmas party after. He [the press officer] enjoyed it a lot!Watford have changed manager, system and players. They have conceded zero goals in the last three games. Well figure out what we have to do. They play a different system to a lot of other teams in the league. We have to work on this, we have done it all week, and try to play football. Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool Its Anfield and [we need to] take a positive result before the international break.ddddddddddddIts not only [Troy] Deeney and [Odion] Ighalo. Its a very strong side with a very experienced manager.Klopp also admitted he is starting to think more like an English manager in terms of dealing with the fixture schedule in the Premier League. His players head off on international duty after this weekend and he admitted they need to use little breaks. Liverpool vs Watford November 6, 2016, 1:30pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass He said: I dont need a break. But we wont have a lot of players here [next week]. With the intensity of the Premier League, we need to use little breaks.When I came here, I think the players had a few days off and I changed it. Silly decision. It was only because I was not used to it. But now we are proper England coaches. We know about the intensity. Watford beat Liverpool at Vicarage Road last season They have a program to train, to get and stay fit. A real training session makes no sense with five or six players. We try to have a game behind closed doors, the result is not important. Then when the players come back, we prepare for the next game.The Liverpool boss also had warm words for Danny Ings, who has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury. Liverpools Danny Ings is facing season-ending knee surgery Not a nice story but its an important story, Klopp said. Everyone who knows Ingsy likes him. From yesterday on, its already a positive story because the surgery was successful and rehab has started. We will wait for him and give him all the time he needs.Danny will be back and will be a Liverpool player 100 per cent. He was very, very close to the team in the last few weeks. Everything will be good at the end but now its time to work on the comeback. 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