Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010
If it wasn’t magic from Sidney Crosby, what was it? A flick of the wrist from the world’s best hockey player, the dreams of 33 million Canadians were made real and the Winter Olympics ended with the flourish they deserved.
El Sid, The Next One, Sid the Kid, #87 … If anyone was going to find a way past Ryan Miller in overtime, and give Canada gold number 14, somehow you knew it was going to him.
The Games are over, after a closing ceremony full of deliciously funny Canadian self-deprecation. As chief organiser John Furlong said, the hockey win over the U.S. will live on for generations in Canada. For the rest of the world, I think the Games as a whole will be remembered pretty fondly too.
Here are a few things I will treasure from my time in Vancouver:
1. The warmth of the welcome from the people of this city blew me away. Vancouver is as laid back as a Californian snowboarder, and if I occasionally found myself spitting feathers at how it could take five minutes — FIVE MINUTES — to prepare a cup of coffee, or how two beers — TWO BEERS — could possibly cost 20 dollars, including two types of sales tax and tip, well, you know, that probably said more about me than The Couver.
The men’s ice hockey semi-finals pitting the United States against Finland and Canada against Slovakia are the highlights of the day … but with the mayhem of short track speed skating and the women’s curling final there’s plenty of other action to shout about… Join us here today and every day of the Games.
Lindsey Vonn goes for gold again in the women’s Alpine skiing giant slalom and we’ll be here to follow that and all the action, including some spectacular freestyle skiing late on, on day 12 of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The other event not to be missed is Russia v Canada in the men’s ice hockey quarter-finals, starting at 1630 local time, 1930 ET and 0030 GMT. Can the hosts overcome the Red Machine and keep their golden dream alive? If not, there are going to be a lot of glum faced Canadians on the streets of Vancouver.
Canadians basking in the warm glow of Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue’s gold medal winning performance in the ice dancing were all asking the same question on Tuesday … Are they as close off the ice as they are on it?
Turns out the answer is no, but things might have turned out diffrerently, as Allan Dowd reports…
Own the podium has proved a fraught and at times disappointing venture for Canada at these Olympic games, with would-be stars crashing out of the races, like ski cross star Christopher Delbosco did spectacularly on Saturday.
But it’s a different story when it comes to owning the streets, where there’s a sea of red and white just about everywhere you look, both in Vancouver and on the mountain venues of Whistler and Cypress.
We’re running a live blog on the mouth-watering line up of hockey on Sunday, featuring Russia v Czech Republic in Group B, Canada v United States in Group A and Sweden v Finland in Group C.
We’ll be talking hockey all day so please feel free to dip in. The fun starts Sunday. Early.
Our live blog on the day’s events at the Winter Olympics is up and running… The men’s Super-G is the big event of the morning, at 1130 local, 1430 ET and 1930 GMT, but there’s exciting action too in the skeleton, ski jumping and ice dancing.
We’ll be here all day and every day, with expert comment from our team of reporters at the Games, so please feel free to dip in and out…
I spent much of the day editing the women’s 500 metre speed skating race, looking at many very good pictures. Jerry Lampen’s frame of Annette Gerritsen of the Netherlands crashing as Nao Kodaira of Japan speeds past was the image of the day from that event.