Own the Podium. That was the plan for Vancouver 2010. A plan that was almost thrown out the window after 9 days of competition. Our amazing athletes turned it around, and Canada finished on top of the Gold podium, with 14 gold medals. More than any other country at these games and at ANY Olympic Games since 1924. Six gold medals were won in the last 48 hours of the games.
In my post from early Saturday morning, I mentioned the ones to watch. I had no idea they would all win a medal – 4 Gold and 1 Bronze. Saturday was another wonderful day at the games. We won 2 Golds within 5 min, first the Men’s Team Pursuit Final, against the USA (we won by 0.20) and second Jasey-Jay Anderson, in Snowboard Giant Slalom. Saturday night, Canadian Curling skip Kevin Martin, completed his domination in the curling tournament with a Gold medal win, 6-3 vs Norway (and their awesome curling pants). Our 4 man bobsleigh team brought home the bronze.
Sunday was a BIG day across Canada. Everyone had somewhere to be, whether is was on the streets of Vancouver or Toronto, with friends and family or at the bar or pub. The patriotism seen across the country was absolutely incredible. We went out to run errands in our neighborhood and people were dressed in Canada gear, and looking to buy more at the Bay. By about 2:30 pm, the country had pretty much shut down, and we started the pre-game show. We had a small gathering at home with friends and family, to watch on our projector (about 80 inches). I have never felt anything like this.
The game started off very tightly, seemed like we might get through the first period without anyone scoring. Then with only 7:10 remaining in the period, Jonathan Toews scored. First period ended with Canada 1-0 lead over the USA. Second period was even better, Corey Perry scored goal #2 and we were up by 2. The US were not going down without a fight, and responded with a goal late in the 2nd. We went in the the 3rd period, up by 1 goal. With less than 30 sec left in the game, the US scored to tie 2-2. Here’s what happened at our place when this occur. Ironically, the pizza arrived at EXACTLY the same time!
The stress was felt across the nation. We would be going into overtime. One 20 min period of 4 on 4 hockey, sudden-death (first goal wins it all).
I don’t know what was said in the dressing room at the intermission, but it made a difference for our Canadian men, because they came out stronger and more determined (if that was even possible). Sidney Crosby scored the Gold medal goal only a few minutes into the period. It was the absolute icing on the cake for Canada’s most successful Olympics ever.
This was such a special Olympics for so many reasons. It brought our country together in a way that I’ve never seen in my lifetime. We showed the world that yes, Canadians may be quirky with our poutine and our toques, but we are also fiercely proud to wear the maple leaf!
I hope everyone enjoyed watching the game as much as we did, minor heart attack and all. Yesterday on CTV they were asking everyone what their favorite moment of the games was. Now I think the answer for most people just might be Sidney Crosby’s Gold medal goal.
What was your favorite moment over the past two weeks?
I will missing blogging about the Olympics, but I promise to keep things interesting as we move from the cold Canadian winter into spring.