My Olympics Part 16 – Golden

Here it is – the final instalment of my recap on the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

This was, without a doubt, THE most important day of the Olympics in all of Canada’s mind. The one event we had all been waiting for was about to occur – the Men’s Gold Medal Hockey Game, with Canada playing the USA. And I was lucky enough to be working at the game!

But…I was unlucky enough to have come down with a horrendous cough, headache, and chills. I was so torn – do I just call in sick and curl up on the couch? Do I go in anyways, and hope the excitement pulls me through? Am I really even that sick?

I decided to head downtown, and see how things went. I think everyone in Metro Vancouver was headed into the city, just to be a part of this big day.

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And of course, they brought along the goods for a little street hockey.

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I made my way through check in (which was on super high level security – the first time I had my bag searched going in), where I got a sticker to prove I was even supposed to be on shift and in the arena that day, picked up the last of my volunteer gifts, and headed into the briefing room. All the while, I just started feeling worse and worse. Then…I was deployed to an outside position…in the rain. My worst nightmare – not so much because I couldn’t see the game, but because I felt like a sack of crap. I guess that was fairly apparent to my supervisor for the day, because he told me to go home and watch the game in my pajamas.

It was both a good and bad thing. I knew my body needed that down time at home, but I was so upset to know I was going to get to be a part of this moment in history. I mean, check out the people already lined up to get a prime place to watch the game at 10 am, when the game wasn’t until 12:15 pm!

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I made my way home in time to get settled and watch the game with my parents. They had invited some of their friends over as well, and prepared a bunch of appetizers and snacks that we munched on throughout the afternoon.

Now, we all know how the game went – Canada was in the lead…USA tied it up with what, 14 seconds left? Then we go into overtime, and a hero emerges in Sidney Crosby. It was our golden moment. It was everything us Canadians could ask for in a game, and one that we will never forget. It’s one of those events where people will reminisce over where they were when Canada won the gold medal on home soil. And to think, it was in my home town. It’s something I’ll always remember, even if I didn’t get to join in on the party downtown.

It was such a big event….I even took some photos of the TV at home.

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I napped after that amazing game, then enjoyed the Closing Ceremonies, as we poked fun at our own Canadian stereotypes, and finally had some rock music! It was bittersweet, as the flame was extinguished, because it meant the party was over. My 17 days of excitement, national pride, and fun had come to an end. It’s hard to explain how that felt. It was all encompassing, and sometimes you wished for some downtime, but it was a party you didn’t really want to end. I hope the world had as good a time as us Vancouverites did  – and please come back soon!

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4 Comments on “My Olympics Part 16 – Golden”

  1. March 22, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    We got some of the same TV shots!! What a game. Sorry to hear your were under the weather, though. That’s a bummer.

  2. March 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    I watched that game at my boyfriend’s mom’s place. What an emotional game! When USA tied, I felt like walking out the door. I did not want to see Canada defeated so I am really glad we won!

    Sorry to hear that you weren’t feeling well.

  3. March 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    I had NO idea you actually headed down at first!!! I guess it was worth knowing that at least you weren’t scheduled to be inside. That way you wouldn’t kick yourself over the “what if!”

  4. March 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    The Olympics made me so proud of our city…and feeling so lucky to live here!

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