Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics coming to an end

Sunday, 28 February, 2010

March 1 Update: CBC News “Vancouver cleans up from Olympic party

Feb 28, 2010 Update: More info re 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony. Toronto Star, “Rapture on Yonge St. as fans celebrate hockey gold“. A nice “summary video” by Stephen Brunt of Globe and Mail (beautifully done).


It is with some sadness that I see Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics coming to an end with the Closing ceremony starting in minutes. I have tagged a few entries with 2010 Olympics and I won’t repeat what I wrote previously (the good and the bad).

What I want to add is the sense of Canadians realizing whathas long been with us: When we put our HEART AND MINDS to it , we can do anything! (as a reader wrote in a comment)

As I believe and wrote in 2008,

“[…] we may not have the power of military might (like the U.S.) or power of money and foreign reserves (like China) but our encompassing diverse Canadian society gives us the power to understand, to mediate and most important of all, to appreciate others who are different from us. Our understanding and appreciation of others make us strong and vibrant while these skills also make us valuable in international trade and other business or non-business endeavours.”

Canadians have a unique and powerful role in the world and it is up to us to be the best that we can be.

I am so proud to be a Canadian!

█ ♥ █ GO CANADA GO █ ♥ █

█ ♥ █ GO CANADA GO █ ♥ █

Sunday, 28 February, 2010

14 Gold, 7 Silver, 5 Bronze, and all the great athletes in Vancouver 2010 Olympics ! So Happy ! Go Canada Go !!!

So proud of the Men Hockey team this afternoon. So proud of all the Canadian Olympic athletes and the top athletes we saw from around the world in Vancouver 2010!

Canada has now broken the record for most gold medals won at a single Olympic Winter Games – 14.

I am so proud to be Canadian today!

█ ♥ █ GO CANADA GO █ ♥ █

Joannie Rochette will carry Canadian flag

Sunday, 28 February, 2010

CTV News is reporting, Joannie Rochette will carry Canadian flag.

Joannie has been so inspiring.

Joannie Rochette & Petra Majdic: joint recipients of Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award

Sunday, 28 February, 2010

Excerpt from Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics press release (emphasis added),

Slovenian cross-country skier Petra Majdic and Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette were named the joint recipients today of the Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award, named after the legendary young amputee runner who continues to touch the hearts of Canadians three decades after his ambitious cross-country run to find a cure for cancer. […]

Petra showed true grit when she picked herself up and stayed on to compete at Whistler Olympic Park in the women’s sprint classic after sustaining an injury while warming up on the course. She performed in pain knowing her country and family were counting on her to win Slovenia’s first medal at the Games ― and she did with a bronze medal finish.”

Joannie also touched all of us this week with her determination to push on and compete here at Canada’s Games even as she struggled with the painful sudden loss of her mother, Thérèse. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when she took to the ice on Tuesday after her mother’s death. We all held our breath and willed her on as she gave a remarkable, dignified performance ― one that helped her earn bronze. Her grief, determination and her grace have touched all of us.”

Both women are an inspiration to all of us and have provided us with unforgettable performances at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games,” continued Furlong.

What Joannie & Petra have done are awe inspiring for Canadians and people from around the world. These are lessons that will stay with us when we face our own challenges in life.

Congrats Joannie & Petra.

Joannie Rochette’s world inspiring courage & strength

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

Joannie Rochette won a bronze medal in figure skating (with video) at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics tonight. But Joannie has won hearts of Canadians (and the world) days ago when we heard of the tragedy of the passing of her mom Thérèse.

I think we all learned from Joannie‘s courage & strength that most of our “difficult” challenges will not be even remotely comparable to what you had to overcome.

Congrats and thank you Joannie. Your father is so proud of you and I know your mom would been so proud of you as well.

News from CNN and an excerpt from CTV “IOC president joins well wishers in Rochette support” (emphasis added),

At an event to honour Olympic mothers at Canada Olympic House, dozens of Olympic moms past and present observed a moment of silence in honour of Therese Rochette after an emcee read a letter from Joannie.

I never thought life could change so quickly, but it has,” Rochette said in the letter.

“I’m fortunate enough to have a close family and friends that are helping me. I don’t know if I could have gotten to where I am today without these incredible people supporting me. I’m sorry I cannot be here with you tonight, but please know that I feel your love and support.”

My thoughts are with you and your family and loved ones.

Curling: The slowest game in Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

There are many games of speed (e.g. skeleton, luge, speed skating) in the Winter Olympics but one of the slowest games is probably Curling.

The people who thought it is easy to throw a granite stone weighing 20kg has no idea the challenge and fun in the game. Curling is a game of great skills, strategy, and sometimes luck. It is is games of the tiniest margin. And how often can you something as tiny as a human hair affecting the result of a game?

Canada women team just won its semi-final game against Switzerland and is going to compete for gold! Great job Cheryl Bernard and her Calgary team based in the Calgary Curling Club (established 1888).

Go Canada Go !!!

Canada’s women curling team secures top spot

Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

I am so excited to read the CBC report, “Canada’s Bernard secures curling top spot“. As I wrote previously, lets not underestimate the Chinese women team.

Go Canada Go !!!

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