Wow! I really LOVED the Olympics in Vancouver!
Seven years ago when it was announced that we were going to host the World for the Winter Olympics; I can honestly say, I was indifferent. Think about that comment; not much worse than indifference. You are neither for or against, you just don’t care!
As the games got closer, I started to really not want the games at all! I live in the City of Vancouver and these games were/are going to be REALLY expensive. My taxes were/are going to go through the roof. The road closures, the amount of people in the city, the inconvenience of getting around etc….
We are going to be put on the Map! Wow, what map were we not on!!!
Keep reading, I do change!
Now it is Saturday, February 27th, 2010, the day before closing this massive event; and I feel really, really sad and empty.
I cannot believe how much I have LOVED these games!!
I am so proud of my city, my province and my country for putting on a truly 1st class event considering we had a huge challenge with Mother Nature! We had and extremely unfortunate start the games with the death of one of the Georgian athletes, Nodar Kumaritashvili. A very sad start to the games.
We have had to deal with nonsensical criticism of the British Tabs and the Russian media. Both of whom would have been smarter to stay quiet as their turn is coming and good luck doing a better job (sorry, I know that was not very Canadian, but seriously, p#@s off!!)
As far as I am concerned, we have absolutely shone as a City and a Country!
We have overcome huge obstacles at these games with the typical Canadian patience and grace.
For Myself, I have been extremely fortunate in that I have been able to attend a few events; I did get to see out First Gold medal, skier Alexandre Bilodeau, at the mogul event on Cypress on Feb 14th, 2010. That was my Valentine present to my wife ( I would never tell her that because she would probably kill me, but since she does not read my blog – I get to be me!!)
I was fortunate to see the Canadian Women will Gold in hockey – thrilling game!
I saw a little hockey live, including the disappointing loss to the States!
I have watched a tonne of TV. Both CTV and our American broadcasters at NBC.
Coverage has been awesome.
I watched American, Shaun White burn up the half pipe! The kid is a freak in that event. Just AWESOME!!
Our own Clara Hughes finish off an amazing career with another medal!
I, like most Canadians and many around the world was deeply moved by our Olympian, Joannie Rochette and her unbelievably courageous skate only days after her Mom’s passing and finally skating to Bronze!! The true Olympic Spirit!!
You can go on and on and on with all of the highlights of this event. At the time of the writing, Canada is leading in GOLD medals!! Canada!!!!
We are probably going to win curling this afternoon and we are ready for the Americans on the ice tomorrow!! (by the way, please let the world know, Canada is Officially CLOSED, February 28th, 2010 from the time of 11:30 to 3:00!! We are just a little busy. Leave a message if you like!)
I believe that these games will go down in history as not being perfect, but being perfectly run in adverse conditions that could not be controlled. Hats off to VANOC, the People of Vancouver and the citizens or Canada!! Job well done!!
To all that visited us – I hope we were polite and friendly and I do hope that you will grace our City and Country with your presence again!
What a February!!