Patrick Blennerhassett

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Patrick Blennerhassett

Reporter, Sport

Patrick Blennerhassett is an award-winning Canadian journalist and four-time published author. He is a Jack Webster Fellowship winner and a British Columbia bestselling novelist. He has covered sport for the Post since 2018.

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Winter Olympics: Norway’s cross-country skiing dominance should lift it to supremacy once again at Beijing Games

Norway’s Winter Games dominance is largely down its performances in cross-country skiing and biathlon, and China’s athletes have been in the Nordic nation for seven years hoping to learn a thing or two.

Norway’s Winter Games dominance is largely down its performances in cross-country skiing and biathlon, and China’s athletes have been in the Nordic nation for seven years hoping to learn a thing or two.

22 Jan 2022 - 12:06PM
Winter Olympics: with NHL superstars out, the Chinese men’s ice hockey team still faces incredibly tough competition

With no NHL players at the 2022 Winter Olympics, China’s men’s ice hockey team still face an uphill battle from their three group opponents.

With no NHL players at the 2022 Winter Olympics, China’s men’s ice hockey team still face an uphill battle from their three group opponents.

20 Jan 2022 - 9:15PM
Winter Olympics: bust of IOC president Thomas Bach unveiled in Beijing ahead of Games

The former fencer, a polarising figure in world sport, has been immortalised in a ceremony headed by high-ranking organising commitee official Yu Zaiging

The former fencer, a polarising figure in world sport, has been immortalised in a ceremony headed by high-ranking organising commitee official Yu Zaiging

20 Jan 2022 - 12:13PM
Winter Olympics: can the Chinese women’s curling team return to glory with new skip Han Yu on home soil?

Led by skip Han Yu, China’s women’s curling team are in striking range of a medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Led by skip Han Yu, China’s women’s curling team are in striking range of a medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

19 Jan 2022 - 4:17PM
Winter Olympics: Hong Kong’s Sidney Chu leads cupping charge as athletes embrace traditional alternative therapy

Hong Kong speed skater Sidney Chu, who is getting ready for Beijing 2022, is part of a growing wave of Olympic athletes who are turning to cupping for workout recovery.

Hong Kong speed skater Sidney Chu, who is getting ready for Beijing 2022, is part of a growing wave of Olympic athletes who are turning to cupping for workout recovery.

18 Jan 2022 - 6:03PM
Beijing 2022: Olympic athletes warned not to eat meat products in China by anti-doping agency, as they ‘are likely to include banned substances’

World Anti-Doping Agency warns athletes heading to 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing that country’s meat may contained banned substances.

World Anti-Doping Agency warns athletes heading to 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing that country’s meat may contained banned substances.

18 Jan 2022 - 9:45PM
Beijing 2022: can China’s athletes improve on 9 medals they won at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics?

Men’s aerial phenom Wang Xindi could lead a much-improved Chinese Winter Olympic team to more hardware at the Beijing Games.

Men’s aerial phenom Wang Xindi could lead a much-improved Chinese Winter Olympic team to more hardware at the Beijing Games.

17 Jan 2022 - 6:34PM
Opinion | Beijing 2022: missing Winter Olympics in China may signal the end of NHL players at the Games for good

NHL players skipping Beijing 2022 because of issues with Covid-19 means two Olympics will now pass without NHL players and the future is as bleak as ever moving forward to 2026 in Italy.

NHL players skipping Beijing 2022 because of issues with Covid-19 means two Olympics will now pass without NHL players and the future is as bleak as ever moving forward to 2026 in Italy.

8 Jan 2022 - 6:15PM
NFL: Chinese-American Cornell quarterback Jameson Wang looks to build on impressive NCAA rookie season with Big Red

Chinese-American NCAA quarterback Jameson Wang hopes to take his game to the next level this year and become the starter for Cornell in the NCAA.

Chinese-American NCAA quarterback Jameson Wang hopes to take his game to the next level this year and become the starter for Cornell in the NCAA.

8 Jan 2022 - 1:15PM
Filipino-American NHL star Jason Robertson relishes his status as a role model for Asian kids

NHL Dallas Stars star Jason Robertson, whose mother was born in the Philippines, is showcasing a high level of talent already in his short time in the league.

NHL Dallas Stars star Jason Robertson, whose mother was born in the Philippines, is showcasing a high level of talent already in his short time in the league.

7 Jan 2022 - 8:15AM
Omicron: Hong Kong gym goers decry ‘unjust’ closures as fitness centres and pools scramble once again to make ends meet financially

Hong Kong gyms and pools brace for fresh financial hit and decry government’s lack of strategy as closures hit industry in bid to quell Omicron wave.

Hong Kong gyms and pools brace for fresh financial hit and decry government’s lack of strategy as closures hit industry in bid to quell Omicron wave.

7 Jan 2022 - 3:49PM
Beijing 2022: IIHF’s Aivaz Omorkanov aims to clean up Asian ice hockey and lift fortunes of underachieving regional teams

New IIHF Asia vice-president Aivaz Omorkanov has his work cut out for him with Asia still an underachieving region, however, Beijing 2022 could be a ‘springboard’ for a bright future.

New IIHF Asia vice-president Aivaz Omorkanov has his work cut out for him with Asia still an underachieving region, however, Beijing 2022 could be a ‘springboard’ for a bright future.

31 Dec 2021 - 2:10PM
Hong Kong ice hockey under scrutiny by government unit after investigation into use of public funds

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, part of the Home Affairs Bureau, say it has found a breach of protocol after an investigation into president Mike Kan.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, part of the Home Affairs Bureau, say it has found a breach of protocol after an investigation into president Mike Kan.

28 Dec 2021 - 2:15PM
Jake Paul ahead of Tyron Woodley rematch talks pranks, schoolyard tactics and why he’s not the perfect role model

Jake Paul will fight Tyron Woodley this weekend in Florida, he speaks to the Post about life, philosophy and putting method to his madness.

Jake Paul will fight Tyron Woodley this weekend in Florida, he speaks to the Post about life, philosophy and putting method to his madness.

16 Dec 2021 - 12:51AM
How bodybuilder’s new workout and diet got him running ultramarathons while staying buff – now he eats 250g of carbs a day (lucky he’s Italian)

Italian expat in Hong Kong Massimo Giusto took up ultrarunning after a body transformation saw him drop 10kg. Now he maintains his physique while running dozens of kilometres a week.

Italian expat in Hong Kong Massimo Giusto took up ultrarunning after a body transformation saw him drop 10kg. Now he maintains his physique while running dozens of kilometres a week.

13 Dec 2021 - 6:15PM
The Takedown | UFC 269: Dustin Poirier’s ascent to champion now goes through Charles Oliveira as blue collar fighter looks to enter new level of stardom

A win over Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 will give Dustin Poirier the title and respect that’s eluded him most of his career.

A win over Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 will give Dustin Poirier the title and respect that’s eluded him most of his career.

11 Dec 2021 - 8:00PM
Lantau 50: Salomon Wettstein and Hanah Fjelddahl take top honours as ‘ultra sky marathon’ returns to Hong Kong after two years

The Lantau 50 takes place for the first time since December 2019 as racers summit two peaks, with Hong Kong’s Wong Wai-hung finishing second in the men’s division.

The Lantau 50 takes place for the first time since December 2019 as racers summit two peaks, with Hong Kong’s Wong Wai-hung finishing second in the men’s division.

7 Dec 2021 - 7:38PM
Tinder, Bumble, how about CrossFit? Hong Kong couples share love stories related to fitness, not dating apps

Sport has become a popular place for couples to meet as people gravitate away from dating apps in favour of more meaningful connections.

Sport has become a popular place for couples to meet as people gravitate away from dating apps in favour of more meaningful connections.

6 Dec 2021 - 10:00AM
Hong Kong’s Sophia Khan overcomes anorexia, eating disorder and depression to become a top-10 powerlifter

Kong Kong athlete Sophia Khan, who is of Pakistani descent, says powerlifting has helped her overcome an eating disorder, gain confidence and refresh her outlook on life.

Kong Kong athlete Sophia Khan, who is of Pakistani descent, says powerlifting has helped her overcome an eating disorder, gain confidence and refresh her outlook on life.

3 Dec 2021 - 11:32AM
Hong Kong’s rugby sevens stars tackle Movember challenges from quarantine as community rallies behind cause again

Hong Kong’s men’s sevens squad are using quarantine to help raise funds for Movember while working out in their hotel rooms for three weeks.

Hong Kong’s men’s sevens squad are using quarantine to help raise funds for Movember while working out in their hotel rooms for three weeks.

29 Nov 2021 - 3:51PM
Beijing 2022: growing doubts over NHL stars’ inclusion at Winter Olympics amid sexual assault case, Peng Shuai saga and Covid-19, insiders say

Source with knowledge of situation says NHL players may now not feature in the men’s ice hockey competition at the Winter Olympics because of a Blackhawks assault case, the Peng Shuai saga and Covid-19 restrictions.

Source with knowledge of situation says NHL players may now not feature in the men’s ice hockey competition at the Winter Olympics because of a Blackhawks assault case, the Peng Shuai saga and Covid-19 restrictions.

29 Nov 2021 - 8:00AM
Beijing 2022: China Hockey Group chief calls for review of host team exemption at Winter Olympics

‘It’s tough to see how anyone wins at this point,’ says founder of Hong Kong’s largest ice hockey organisation, with Chinese men’s team’s inclusion at Winter Olympics increasingly called into question.

‘It’s tough to see how anyone wins at this point,’ says founder of Hong Kong’s largest ice hockey organisation, with Chinese men’s team’s inclusion at Winter Olympics increasingly called into question.

28 Nov 2021 - 2:25PM
Hong Kong runners prove love is blind as visually impaired woman and her guide fall for each other

Visually impaired Hong Kong runner Inti Fu Tai-fan finds a second chance at love with her guide Chris Lo Chiu-kit through their shared passion.

Visually impaired Hong Kong runner Inti Fu Tai-fan finds a second chance at love with her guide Chris Lo Chiu-kit through their shared passion.

27 Nov 2021 - 2:46PM
Beijing 2022: China should accept political heat as normal, with international scrutiny for Olympic hosts nothing new, US academic and writer says

Emmy-winning US scholar, author and professor Amy Bass details how international scrutiny is a hallmark of every Olympics, dating back decades, and Beijing 2022 is no different.

Emmy-winning US scholar, author and professor Amy Bass details how international scrutiny is a hallmark of every Olympics, dating back decades, and Beijing 2022 is no different.

26 Nov 2021 - 10:04AM
Beijing 2022: what can China’s men’s ice hockey team expect from NHL players in February? They line up against powerhouse Canadians, Americans and dark horse Germany

Kunlun Red Star players are expected to play for China at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and will face unprecedented skill and talent from NHL superstars in February.

Kunlun Red Star players are expected to play for China at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and will face unprecedented skill and talent from NHL superstars in February.

25 Nov 2021 - 5:14PM
From J.P. Morgan to yogi: finance executive leaves career to become instructor, helping athletes and weekend warriors stay on top of busy lives

Former J.P. Morgan vice-president now teaches yoga at Hong Kong Sports Clinic, focusing on pain management and work-related injuries.

Former J.P. Morgan vice-president now teaches yoga at Hong Kong Sports Clinic, focusing on pain management and work-related injuries.

23 Nov 2021 - 7:00AM
Asian Games 2022: Oceania athletes to compete in Hangzhou, China next year and will receive ‘honorary medals’

Oceania athletes, including those from Australia, will be allowed to compete in five sports: triathlon, athletics, wushu, roller skating and weightlifting.

Oceania athletes, including those from Australia, will be allowed to compete in five sports: triathlon, athletics, wushu, roller skating and weightlifting.

7 Jan 2022 - 2:47PM
Beijing 2022: NHL’s inclusion at Winter Olympics pours cold water on boycott calls as ice hockey stars eye Games showpiece

The Chinese Communist Party has found common ground as NHL players push league to allow them to participate at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, tempering international boycott calls for the Games.

The Chinese Communist Party has found common ground as NHL players push league to allow them to participate at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, tempering international boycott calls for the Games.

22 Nov 2021 - 10:30AM
Qatar 2022: Pele visit in 1973 helps tiny Persian Gulf nation catch football fever as they start one-year countdown clock to World Cup hosting duties

The 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar will be a chance for the Middle East nation’s players to shine bright, football historian and author Matthias Krug says

The 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar will be a chance for the Middle East nation’s players to shine bright, football historian and author Matthias Krug says

22 Nov 2021 - 10:39PM
Hong Kong trail runner Paul Fournier on how he left kayaking and found the hills outside the city

French trail runner Paul Fournier finds sport in Hong Kong after leaving a previous career as an elite kayaker back in France.

French trail runner Paul Fournier finds sport in Hong Kong after leaving a previous career as an elite kayaker back in France.

18 Nov 2021 - 10:00AM