Since the Olympics are done *sniff sniff* I thought I'd share some of my favourite moments with you. I tried to go somewhat in order, but a lot of this is just off the top of my head.
- The opening ceremonies. I don't care what some people say, I thought they were spectacular. The music was lovely, the light-show was amazing, and I love how they incorporated the aboriginal peoples-- about damn time, in my opinion.
- I love how everyone showed their respect for the Georgian Team. What a show of unity and respect by the world. Gave me hope for the future.
- Alexander Bilodeau winning the first gold on home soil and hugging his brother. I cried like a baby.
- Shaun White. I think that's enough said.
- The women's curling final. Though Canada didn't win gold, it was a golden moment to watch. It was a good game and they should be proud of their silver!
- The men's curling final. Brought home the gold, baby! Some spectacular shots were made by our boys-- and finally Kevin Martin got his gold!
- The women's hockey final. Man, what a game to watch! I think both teams played very well and deserved to be standing side by side on that podium.
- The awards ceremony for women's hockey. When the USA was getting their medals, they looked quite glum, so the entire arena--filled to the brim with red and white jerseys-- stood up and chanted "USA, USA, USA!" So proud of my country.
- Charles Hamelin winning gold in men's 500m speed skating.
- Joannie Rochette winning bronze. She skated beautifully, and just by watching it, you knew her mom was there with her.
- This isn't a specific time, but all of the times people broke out into O' Canada. Unlike the USA, our anthem isn't sung very often. At games, sure, but not randomly as a show of unity and pride. That all changed with these games. People sang our anthem across the country, from Vancouver to Calgary to Halifax.
- Along the same lines, the overall show of national pride. Wearing the colours, screaming and cheering, crying in joy and sadness-- it all happened with these games.
- I'm not sure if the American coverage showed this, but our Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended almost every major game. There he was, just sittin' in the crowd talking to people. Would that EVER happen in the USA? You'd need a bazillion security guards to protect Obama... but there sat our leader, talking to random people while watching curling.
- The men's hockey final. Jesus, Mary and Joseph WHAT A GAME! USA scoring in that last minute nearly gave me a heart attack! That was one of the best games I've ever seen. Regardless of what anyone says, we were well-matched and deserved to be standing side by side.
Yes, I know most of these are Canadian athletes and moments, but I AM Canadian, lol!
In the end, USA led the medal count with 37 total (9, 15, 13). Germany was second with 30 (10, 13, 7), and Canada was third with 26 (14!!!!!!!!, 7, 5).
I loved watching the games. My family and I don't tend to watch much TV, but it was on constantly for the past two weeks. We're die-hard Olympic fans.
What were your favourite moments?