Well, they're over. Now we really have something to talk about in this province and country, and there will be talk for a long time about a lot of things I'm sure. How can you argue anything other than to say what a fantastic result our athletes accomplished, I mean really - USA with 37 medals and 300 million pool of potential athletes, Germany with 82 million people gets 30 medals and we get 26 medals for a country of 30 million? How can the media waste anytime talking about our results other than to heap praise on the athletes and their unbelievable accomplishment.
I really enjoyed the athletes, that's what I focused on, and tried to block out all the peripheral chatter which will carry on in different forums. One of my Olympic moments was the incredible Canadian athletes - could we have picked better sportsmen and representatives for our country? Those people tried so hard and were so typically Canadian in their modesty and lack of self-promotion. The ones that did win medals talked more about their team mates, supporting the other events, or the country, rather than the emphasis on themselves. The ones that didn't win medals were just as gracious and so Canadian. Shelly-Ann Brown, one of the silver medalists in the women's bobsleigh, her first words to the media were to thank Canada for what a great country it was before she even talked about her own win. I was proud just watching them and feeling good for their success. What a great bunch of future leaders.
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