Yes indeed, it is a great time to be proud Canadians.

Following our exemplary performance at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, our nation can certainly find great happiness in not only the initial triumph of claiming the most gold medals of any host country to date, but also amassing the best golden performance of any nation at an Olympic Winter Games.

With a total of twenty-six medals at Vancouver, one must also consider that we finished third in the overall standings behind only Germany and the United States, countries which absolutely dwarf Canada in terms of population and resources, both financial and infrastructural. Canada, an undeniably talented nation of some thirty-four million people at present, dominated the second and first place finishers with well over 80,000,000 and a whopping 309,000,000 inhabitants respectively - nearly triple and ten times our populace!

Of course, given my usual biases, I am elated to remind my readers that many of our gold medals hang from the necks of persons born and/or bred in my home of London, Ontario. The golden skating duo of Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, as well as Christine Nesbitt and NHL superstars Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, Corey Perry and Drew Doughty were all born in London or have lived a significant portion of their lives there, calling it home to this day.

Perhaps the icing on the cake came with yet another double gold medal showing in Men’s and Women’s Hockey. In May 2005 I was seated with friends at a posh downtown restaurant, bending my elbow amidst one of The Forest City’s largest parties. Our invincible London Knights were just about to win their first Memorial Cup Championship in their forty year existence, and in the process completely shut out the Rimouski Oceanic and the most highly touted prospect since Wayne Gretzky. This time around I was thrilled to see Sidney Crosby finding the back of the net via a quick wrist shot in overtime against team U.S.A., reminiscent of a young Mike Bossy and indeed the mark of a true champion. An almost sixth sense indeed, knowing how to be in the right place at the right time. For Crosby, a Stanley Cup Championship and an Olympic Gold Medal in eight months aren’t bad additions to his resume.

In short, emotion is running high at present, and I know that my fellow countrymen share this sentiment from sea to sea.

That’s Right - “With glowing hearts we see thee rise - The True North strong and free!”

Oh Canada!  

 

Posted by August Donnelly, filed under . Date: March 1, 2010, 1:26 pm |

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