What a different experience this Olympics has been, especially in terms of technology. Two years ago, during the Summer Olympics, Twitter was still in its infancy. iPhone was still new to Canada. Streaming web live was still a bit painful. Fast forward to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games: iPhones seem to be everywhere, Twitter has truly become a global phenomenon, and the live web stream provided by the CTV/Rogers Media consortium has been excellent.
One of the things I have really been enjoying is connecting with people from all over the world, in real time, on Twitter. There is something about feeling like you are connected not only across Canada but to Canadians in other countries when you are cheering GO Canada GO! from your living room. And it’s great to see others cheering for their countries and their athletes. It’s all about the perspective I mentioned in an earlier post.
Last night should have been called Terrific Thursday. Gold medal game – Women’s Hockey – Canada defeats USA 2 – 0. Three Olympics in a row! The men looked on – and they look HUNGRY for their own Gold Medal. And Joannie Rochette won a Bronze medal in Women’s Figure Skating. I did stay up to watch her skate, it was hard not too. What a phenomenal accomplishment! Anyone else remember when Elizabeth Manley won the Silver medal in 1988? That was the last time a Canadian woman stood on the podium in singles Figure Skating.
Setting up today and tomorrow – wow – we still have many medal opportunities. Here’s the summary for you:
- Canada vs Slovakia – Men’s Hockey 9:30 pm EST
- USA vs Finland – Men’s Hockey 3:00 pm EST
- Canada vs Sweden – Women’s Curling 6 pm EST
- Short Track Speed Skating – 500m Men’s 9 pm EST
- Short Track Speed Skating – 5,000 m Men’s relay 10:50 EST
- Other events today include 4 man Bobsleigh, Alpine Skiing (slalom) and Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom
Should be a great few days to cap off an already amazing Winter Games for Canada.
Stay tuned, I may publish another post tomorrow as we move into the final days of the games to keep you all up to date, in case you’re not as obsessed as I am.
Quick reminder – email me to register for Networking With Excellence and Integrity on Thursday March 4th, 7 pm @Burlington Central Library.