Monday, March 1, 2010

Day 199 - March 1, 2010

Proud to be Canadian!

If our neighbours didn’t know we were from Canada before, I’m sure they figured it out in the last few weeks while we supported Team Canada in the winter Olympics.

As we cheered on our men in the gold medal hockey game yesterday, we heard cheers from outside as our American neighbours watched the Lakers game. To say that we’ve been disappointed by the coverage down here would be an understatement. The majority of the Olympic coverage on the Pacific Coast happened in evening highlight reels as NBC refused to show most of the events live. It’s no wonder our neighbours were more interested in the Laker’s game. I wonder how many of them actually knew that Canada and the US were competing for gold.

But enough about the dreadful coverage. I want to focus on one of the many reasons I am proud to be Canadian. Canada left the Olympic games with a total of 14 GOLD medals! Not only is that 14 more than we have ever gotten on home soil, but it is also an all time winter games record! I am enormously proud of our Canadian athletes!

And I could not be more proud to be Canadian!

Last night, as I watched flag bearers from all over the world waving their country’s flag and saw athletes gather around the Olympic torch, I couldn’t help but think about how peaceful and beautiful it was to see the world come together as one. For two weeks, it’s as if the world’s problems disappear. For two weeks, our nation’s leaders discuss the outcome of a hockey game instead of the devastating outcomes of war. For two weeks, we see nations supporting each other. For two weeks, hearts around the world glow with pride. And for two weeks, children everywhere believe that dreams really do come true.

Goodbye, Olympic games. You will be missed.

1 comments:

David said...

I, too, will greatly miss the Olympics. I'm not joking when I say that I've spent 8-12 hours a day the past few weeks watching the Games. I checked over the medal count, and I watched 19 out of 26 medals live on TV, another 3 of them within the hour that they happened, and I was outside of the Richmond Olympic Oval when Clara Hughes got her bronze (I've since watched the remaining medal performances too). All in all, I've been pretty dedicated and feeling VERY Canadian. Now that they're over... I just don't know what to do with myself!

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