A few final thoughts about the Winter Olympics…

1 03 2010

Due to what happened over the weekend, I was not able to comment on the great things that happened in the final days of the Olympics.

Much has already been said elsewhere about how Canada did, so I’ll be brief. I will say this: these were the best Winter Games ever for Canada, and aside from the boycotted Summer Games in 1984, our best Olympics of all time!

Let’s look at the numbers: 26 total medals, eclipsing the record we set four years ago in Turin. A whopping 14 gold medals, the most by any nation in the Winter Olympics, doubling our previous Winter Games high of 7 (which we reached in each of the past two Winter Games)!

Notable events: Canada’s first-ever gold medal on home soil, courtesy of Alex Bilodeau. Medals in curling (a silver in women’s, and a gold in men’s). A number of medals in events in which we didn’t expect a medal. Clara Hughes winning a bronze medal in the final speed skating event of her incredible Olympic career. An emotional bronze medal for figure skater Joannie Rochette, who bravely competed just days after the passing of her mother. The list goes on.

And let’s not forget: Canada regained full Olympic hockey supremacy, with gold medals in both the men’s and women’s tournaments!

The Canadian Olympic Committee had a campaign to “Own The Podium”, meaning they were hoping Canada would win the overall medal tally. We did not succeed in that. However, we can take pride in dominating when it came to the top of the podium! And to most countries in the Games, that’s what really matters, right?

Congratulations, Team Canada! You made the entire nation proud of you!

Go Canada Go!

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