With Glowing Hearts

The Vancouver 2010 olympics are finally here!
I've been getting excited for this for aboouuutt.. well about seven years when it would be announced that Vancouver would be hosting. I found the opening ceremonies last night to be absolutely amazing. I loved how much honour was given to Canada's First Nations, I liked watching their traditional dance and music, I thought that it was a really nice touch to pay the natives that kind of respect.

All the other performances were great as well. Nikki Yanofski (the teenaged girl in the red dress who sang O Canada) was fantastic, she has such a great voice.

I've always gotten really excited for the olympics. The first ones I remember being aware of were the Sydney olympics in Summer 2000. I just think it's really cool because for two weeks everyone gets super patriotic for their own country, but not in a combattive way, at the same time it's (to be kind of cheesy) bringing everyone together.

It also gives people a chance to get excited about sports they would normally not watch. Like, outside of the olympics, I don't follow the majority of sports that are featured, but during these two weeks everyone gets excited and is talking about things like cross country skiing, or luge, or ski jumping, etc.

I'm most excited for hockey though. BY FAR. Apparently, by survey according to Canadians, the greatest moment in olympic history was in Salt Lake City in 2002 when we won gold in the men's and womens hockey. Added to that was the fact that one of the people in Salt Lake who made the ice was a Canadian, and buried a Looney under centre ice for good luck. Hockey is Canada, and It's going to happen again, I can feel it.

The lighting of the torch last night kind of gave me goosebumps, I'm not going to lie. They took some of Canada's greatest athletes; Rick Hansen, Steve Nash, Catriona Le May Doan, Nancy Greene and of course, arguably the greatest Canadian athlete of all time, Wayne Gretzky to light the final outdoor cauldron.

Watching the ceremonies, I've never been prouder to be a Canadian.
Good luck to all athletes from all countries in the games

And R.I.P to Nador Kumaritashvili, the luger who flew off the track during training yesterday.

My own brush with the olympics; when the torch came through my city:
Posted on February 13th, 2010 at 11:03am


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