Allow me (again) to bask in a little national pride for a moment.
Canadians spend a lot of time navel gazing and musing over the fact that we don’t wear our hearts on our sleeves much. We’re afraid of coming on a little too strong, and when we do, we apologize profusely.
I’m so glad that for a change, we let our flag wave often and proudly. We sported the red and white. We sang our anthem spontaneously. We celebrated with beer! We even came off as a bit obnoxious.
For once, Canadians need not apologize.
(Exception: the closing ceremonies music. Let me make this clear: most Canadians don’t like Nickelback. Here‘s an example of a band we should have had close the Vancouver games, which also explains the mystery behind the title of this post.)
The Vancouver 2010 Winter Games certainly had its ups and downs and fair share of criticism. There will be plenty of time for analysis in that regard. For now, let’s just bask in the glory of those record 14 gold medals, including one in…mens’ hockey!!
Sidney Crosby’s goal at 7:40 into overtime gave Canada a 3-2 victory over the United States and our 14th gold medal of the Games. You could not have scripted a more perfect ending.
(side note: the Twitter evisceration Crosby received over that goal had me in stitches!)
In all fairness, it was a game that could have gone either way. Zach Parise had that heart-stopping goal with 25 seconds left in the 3rd that left Canadians swearing a blue streak. Ryan Miller once again stood on his head, stopping 36 shots. Both teams put on an incredible effort. But yesterday, it was simply Canada’s day. Luongo proved once again why he deserved to be in net over Brodeur, while guys like Corey Perry came through when Canada needed them to.
It was amazing as well how this one hockey game brought so many people together, regardless of whether or not they were hockey fans. It was something Cutesports observed in her online travels last night, and I certainly noticed the same. I can’t recall another sporting event that had so many people talking and tweeting and commenting and cheering, particularly people that wouldn’t know a neutral zone trap if it showed up in their backyard rink.
I’ve already heard the commentators musing about whether this can be compared to the 1972 Summit Series or the 1987 Canada Cup. To the generations that experienced those events, perhaps this win doesn’t hold a candle to those events. But I have a list a kilometre long of Canadians my age and younger that will remember Crosby’s goal for the rest of their lives.
It was the perfect finale to a Winter Games that took many of us by surprise, at least, those of us who couldn’t escape the piles of negative press. Those critics of “Own The Podium” may have been a bit premature in their comments. As I said in a previous post, our athletes have obviously done something right.
I would be clearly unCanadian for not raising my toque to our American neighbours. The United States once again amazed the world on so many levels finishing first in the medal standings with a Winter Games record 37, including 9 gold and leading all nations in silver with 15. My fave U.S. moments: the speed skating performances of Shani Davis and Katherine Reutter (forgive me: I missed Johnny Weir)
On that note, thanks again Ladies… readers for basking in the glow of the Olympic Flame with us. It was a ball! From giggling over the Norway curling team’s amazing pants to our liveblog of figure skating snark, we’re glad we could share these memories with you.
Now we have to deal with…Olympic withdrawal! GAH! But with March Madness, NHL playoffs, and the start of baseball season on the horizon, we should recover nicely.