Sunday, 28 February 2010
Off topic post - Go Canada Go.....
I am proud to live in Canada, I say 'live' because I am only a 'permanent resident' and not yet a citizen, so I can't technically be "proud to be Canadian" (yet) - but if you had seen me sat on the very edge of the sofa (or standing for the whole of the extra time) screaming at the TV, wearing my (1992 version) Canadian hockey jersey, you would think I was "born and bred' here !
I have thoroughly enjoyed the coverage of the Olympics, and being British I am immensely happy with a Gold in the ladies skeleton, but the outpouring of patriotism here has been wonderful. Not nasty, in yer face nationalism, but people of all colours and creeds showing what it means to be Canadian.
So, as a Yorkshire lad who grew up on rugby, but watches 3 NFL games on TV every Sunday during the season, and who has always watched 'Ice Hockey' since they built a rink in my home town (the good'ol Humberside Hawks), to be able to leap up and down like a berserker watching "my team" bring home the Olympic gold medal was a fantastic way to end a fantastic games.
A great big thank you to all the athletes from all the nations who worked their butt's off in years of practice, I can't skate, ski or bob sleigh, but I sure enjoyed watching you all :-) Also a big thanks to all the workers and volunteers at the venues, and finally we should spare a thought for Nodar Kumaritashvilli, who paid the ultimate price in his pursuit of his Olympic dreams.