Monday, March 1, 2010

Vancouver 2010: A Memorable Moment


Yesterday, the winter Olympics Game in Vancouver came to an end. Although Canada didn't meet its objective to be the leader in total medal counts, we all have reasons to be proud of what our athletes have achieved. First of all, our men and women managed to win gold medals on our own home soil, starting with Alexandre Bilodeau, a mogulist. Secondly, Canada has become the country which won the most gold medals (14) in a winter Olympic Games!


Obviously, I do have a bias, because there are events that I enjoy watching more than others (especially hockey). Anyway, here are some nice stuff that I'll keep in my memories for ages:

  • Unlike the American male hockey team who couldn't win the gold medal in Salt Lake City (on their own home soil, mind you), our team convincingly won it! Of course, I would lie to you if I write that I didn't have any reservations (and they still stands) regarding some players picked by Steve Yzerman, the general manager of the male hockey team. Moreover, add to that the pathetic performance by Team Canada against Switzerland and the USA before the medal round. Anyway, let's leave that aside and think about the gold medal.
  • Mogulist Alexandre Bilodeau was the first Canadian to win a gold medal on our home soil! Way to go!
  • Jesse Jay Anderson won a gold medal in snowboarding after four Olympic Games.
  • Although I don't condone a celebration of a victory on the ice with beers and champagne bottles, I was proud of the female hockey team's performance during the game and their conquest of the gold. A great way to forget the two previous defeats against the USA during the female hockey world championship.
  • The talented (and also exquisitely gorgeous) Ashleigh McIvor became the first Olympic champion ever in ski cross!
  • The Russian male hockey team took a hell of a beating (a defeat of 7-3) against Canada! Poor Alexander Ovechkin and his mates!
  • Joannie Rochette won the bronze medal in figure skating despite suffering the sudden death of her mom (heart attack). Way to go to Ms. Rochette, because it takes a lot of courage to perform when the clouds above our head look dark. Besides, she truly deserved to be Canada's flag bearer at the closing ceremony.
  • Maelle Ricker won her first olympic gold medal in snowboard cross. Besides, note that she flawlessly speaks French!
  • Speed skater Clara Hugues won a bronze medal at the ladies' 5000 m. Whether this her last Olympic Games or not, she will be remembered.
  • Way to go all the members of Canada's speed skating team!

Rank
Countries
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1
USA
9
15
13
37
2
Germany
10
13
7
30
3
Canada
14
7
5
26
4
Norway
9
8
6
23
5
Austria
4
6
6
16
6
Russia
3
5
7
15
7
South Korea
6
6
2
14
8
China
5
2
4
11
9
Sweden
5
2
4
11
10
France
2
3
6
11
11
Switzerland
6
0
3
9
12
Netherlands
4
1
3
8
13
Czech Republic
2
0
4
6
14
Poland
1
3
2
6
15
Italy
1
1
3
5
16
Japan
0
3
2
5
17
Finland
0
1
4
5
18
Australia
2
1
0
3
19
Belarus
1
1
1
3
20
Slovakia
1
1
1
3
21
Slovenia
0
2
1
3
22
Croatia
0
2
1
3
23
Latvia
0
2
0
2
24
Great Britain
1
0
0
1
25
Kazakhstan
0
1
0
1
26
Estonia
0
1
0
1

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