Of Red Mittens and March Madness

The lull after the closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics was temporary. Less than two weeks later we welcomed the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games and out came the red and white flags and our red mittens again. We’re told that the audience for the Paralympics drew an international audience that set records for bothContinue reading “Of Red Mittens and March Madness”

Expressing Emotion

A new week. A new month. No more winter Olympics to preoccupy me. <sigh> . This Olympic experience wasn’t what I expected. The anticipated enthusiasm was replaced by something so much greater. Television cameras continuously scanned the faces of both athletes and spectators. There was exhilaration, jubilation and euphoria. And I cried in shared pride.Continue reading “Expressing Emotion”

The Last Medal

It may not be the most important thing in the world, but national pride has Canadians from the north, east and west coasts (and wherever else they may be in the world) celebrating their fourteenth Olympic gold medal. Nobody really dared to believe it could happen, but here we are. We’ve broken the all timeContinue reading “The Last Medal”

Which Award Would You Value Most?

While we will never exceed the United States’ total number of medals, Canada is exulting in its highest-ever number of Olympic gold medals. Gold is the ultimate achievement… or is it? . A special status has been awarded to two Olympic athletes that have been named joint recipients of the Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award.Continue reading “Which Award Would You Value Most?”

It May Be Winter, But….

Sixteen degrees!* That was the temperature as we returned home to the Fraser Valley on Saturday from our eighteen days in the Okanagan and East Kootenay areas of BC. We drove 2,000 km and never once drove on snow. We did see snow, of course, but here at the coast the spring crops are already greening.Continue reading “It May Be Winter, But….”

News ‘n Notes

I’ve been galavanting for the past few weeks, enjoying visits with family and friends in BC’s Kootenays and Okanagan. Precious times and lots of good memories, but it’s good to be home again. . Ten days ago there were grey skies and lots of clouds, but a blogging award from Joylene Butler definitely brought sunshineContinue reading “News ‘n Notes”

Keeping Track of Achievement

After four days of the Olympics, Canada has four medals. That’s not a great number but it’s significant for us. The following table will help keep track of the totals as they accumulate. View the vancouver2010.com medals’ table The first gold to be won by a Canadian in Canada was hugely celebrated… and is stillContinue reading “Keeping Track of Achievement”

It’s Gold!

We knew it would come. The first gold medal to be won by a Canadian Olympian in Canada – Alexandre Bilodeau won the men’s moguls today! That was so exciting! But what brought tears to my eyes was the reaction of Alexandre’s older brother, Frederic, who has cerebral palsy. Alexandre says Frederic has always inspiredContinue reading “It’s Gold!”

O Canada!

I admit it. I love the Olympics. Yes, too much money is spent on them (but then I think too much money is spent on professional sports and entertainment, too). Still, the Olympics do something that nothing else has ever accomplished. For seventeen days they bring the world together in peace, focused on the singleContinue reading “O Canada!”

One Month to the Olympics!

The XXI Olympic Winter Games begin exactly one month from today, February 12th, in Vancouver. There will be approximately 5500 athletes from 80 countries participating in 86 events involving seven sports. This official logo is named Ilanaaq the Inunnguaq . Ilanaaq is the Inuktitut word for friend. Just thought you might like to know all that.Continue reading “One Month to the Olympics!”