OK I have to take an aside. Canada has just made Olympic history, and won a monumental hockey game. I am sure most Canadians paid some attention to the Olympics, but probably, like me focused on hockey. I did witness the first Canadian gold won on home soil by Alexander Bildeau. And I cried. Joannie Rochette lost her mother, won a silver and I cried. The women's hockey team scored a gold, and I cried. Why am I crying? Because we are a nation of very proud and QUIET people. The women's curling team surely felt the agony of defeat, but won a silver and I cried. Do I like or follow curling?.. Not on your life. But I saw the captain of that team give all then lose by fate... and so I cried.
And when a great Olympian like Nodar Kumaritashvili perished on a British Columbia hillside, even though he was not a Canadian, I cried.
I have talked to other numerous patriots who felt and did the same. They are not normally emotional. Like me. I am not a jock, or a sports fan of ANY sort. I sometimes watch the Stanley Cup Games (maybe the last two) only because EVERY North American gets excited by that. But I do understand that Olympians give their all. They are competing in those games because that are the BEST in their sport. And I am proud that Canada turns out some some of the BEST Olympians!
To lose by 1/1000 of a second must be devastating. To devote your life to four years of rigorous training to come in 5Th must negate everything you believe in. And yet they bounce back to try again in 4 years. They are not only physical athletes, but psychological and mental athletes as well. I applaud them all.
I hope every country's athlete's who attended this Olympiad appreciated the hospitality that Canada extended, and I hope we surpassed your expectations. I am very proud of ALL our Canadian Athletes. I am also proud that so many countries came and gave us their BEST athletes, and that their performances were ALL exceptional. Congratulations to you all. Medal or not, you are truly the epitome of human perfection. And you all demonstrated exceptional sportsmanship that will transpire to those that follow in your footsteps. Thank You.
And to the Men's Canadian Hockey team, I say THANK YOU! It IS "OUR" game. Thank you for the perfect ending. Crosby, your only rival was Paul Henderson, and you have surpassed him. Well done young man! Paul was Extraordinary, Gretzky was Great, and you... are in a league all your own. Canada will watch you closely. And hope. Thank you for that.
Go CANADA! :)