Hockey is Canada’s Game.
Sidney Crosby’s “golden goal” not only won the Men’s Hockey game but our last Gold medal for the Winter Olympics on Sunday. It was the cherry on top to a successful Olympic Games.
After that phenomenal finish, the city and the nation erupted in cheers, celebrating the victory with random hi-fives and plenty of hugs! No major incidents of rioting occurred and the city celebrated in the ‘safest’ way raves the media. Far from the 1994 riots when the Vancouver Canucks lost the NHL finals, Vancouver has “matured and grown up since then”, partying hard, but partying a lot more responsible says local media. London’s turn next, with the Summer Olympics in 2012 and they are aiming to set the same standards of safety as well.
Here’s a shot of people leaving Canada Hockey Place marching toward Robson Square, the central party location.
What an incredible ending to the 2010 Winter Olympics! 17 days have come and gone and there are a few of us that wish it didn’t have to end. I, myself, was just getting used to streaming the Olympics at work to see what events were on each day. I suppose we still have the Paralympics in a couple weeks, but they aren’t as popular. Nor will there be as many pavilions to visit. However, they do promise that a few of the Olympic pavilions will remain open including the popular zipline across Robson Square. Maybe I’ll get a chance to go on it this time.
Even if Rick Hansen, Canadian Paraplegic athlete, was one of the final torchbearers, the exterior cauldron at waterfront has been extinguished at the close of the games.
Here’s a crowd shot from Sunday night at Robson Square:
A few more photos from one of the Livecity locations – Yaletown:
26 total medals, 14 of which were Gold. We didn’t own the podium placing 3rd in overall medal count but we did own the Gold Podium!!
Admit it. Vancouver was an excellent host to the world! And we all had a wonderful time. Goodbye to all the visitors, come back soon!!
My top 10 memorable moments during the Olympics:
10. Streaming Olympics events at my comp during work
9. Steve Nash House – Work out then get free food and watch the Olympics
8. Holding the Olympic and Paralympic medals
7. Meeting up with visiting friends like Nelson and Alisson and talking to strangers about our fair city
6. Seeing the Torch pass by before reaching it’s final stop! What an amazing feeling.
5. Pavilion hopping..German Fan House was pretty awesome
Saurkraut and Bratwurst mmmmm
4. Seeing the first Gold medal on Home soil won at the Bell Ice Cube.
3. Attending Women’s hockey game and them telling me my seats have been upgraded to AWESOME
2. Running in the streets after Gretzky on his way to light the exterior cauldron.
1. Watching hockey with a gazillion others, cheering and hi-fiving strangers with my red mittens when the Men’s Hockey team wins. Yeah baby Yeah!
(While taking photos of it all ^_^)
Nelson and Alisson joined me for a tasty dinner
German fan house! That girl in the foreground is wondering where the saurkraut is too.
Women’s hockey at thunderbird arena
Steve Nash House
Bell Ice Cube ^_^