The Olympics are now over after an incredible final gold medal for Canada – with an overtime win in men’s ice hockey in an intense game against Team USA. The Canadian athletes had their best ever Winter Olympics winning 14 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze medals. No country in Winter Olympic history has won 14 gold medals before, making it a major achievement. A large part of Canada’s success was the massive support from the fans and spectators. Every day thousands of fans filled the downtown core, celebrating the latest medal winners and just having a good time. Their cheers and spontaneous singing of “O Canada” was broadcast across the nation, so that the entire country could join in! I’m sure the excitement of the fans helped to spur the athletes on to do their best.
The athletes also received much support for their training and expressed their appreciation whenever they were interviewed in the media. They were able to pursue their dreams and get recognition for it too! Some of the Canadian athletes who did not win medals expressed how they felt they let down the country who had supported them over the years and deserved to see them win a medal. But most Canadians will agree that it is enough that they competed and did their best.
Of the many Olympic moments during the games, the most memorable was the figure skating performance of Joannie Rochette, who despite her mother passing away suddenly 4 days earlier, skated to win a bronze medal. She said that her mother would have wanted her to compete, which inspired her great performance.
Other amazing performances included the gold medal for snowboarding half-pipe won by Shaun White from the USA, and the gold medal for ladies figure skating by Yu-Na Kim of South Korea.
But the biggest story for me was the great atmosphere of celebration, peace and fun in Vancouver! I’m happy to live in such a great city, which is not only beautiful, but is also populated with so many awesome people!