If I wasnâ€™t sure before these Olympics I certainly am now. I have just spent two fantastic weeks, from the events of the opening ceremonies right through to the closing ceremonies. As I watched the opening ceremonies, awaiting who was going to be the final torch bearer, and then came FOUR of them, I thought that would be okay – but no, it wasnâ€™t over. The GREAT ONE, Wayne Gretzky, got to do the final honours on the outdoor cauldron. What a moment, my all time favourite Canadian, being our final torch bearer! But wait, that was just the start of what would be the greatest two weeks of my life.
Waiting for our first gold medal, we knew it would come, and we knew there would be many, and then there it was….. ALEX BILODEAU, the name we will all remember for the rest of our lives.
I was fortunate enough to be at some of the events and to be part of crowds and part of the daily excitement. I was part of the huge crowds in downtown Robson street, I was part of that excitement and what a thrill, to see so many proud Canadians. I have never seen our Country so patriotic. The anticipation of each event, the results of our athletes, and the huge celebrations of each one of our results were amazing!
These games were truly Canadaâ€™s games, and I am truly proud to be Canadian. For the first time in my life, I believe we all came together to celebrate all of Canadaâ€™s successes. I heard everybody talking about our athletes, our events and our anticipation about the end results, whether it be an athlete from Quebec or one from British Columbia, the anticipation levels and celebrations were the same. When I wasnâ€™t in attendance, I was definitely in front of my television anxiously awaiting each result, and fighting back the many tears as the proud results kept coming in.
Our athletes were fabulous, our country was fabulous, and I for one will remember forever.
I think many will remember forever, whether it is the Canada Line when you ride on it, or drive the Sea-to-Sky highway, or when you are part of a big conference in the new Conference centre, these are all legacies that will trigger the memory. In my area, every time I enter our new covered speed skating oval called the Enerplex, (that our Provincial Government put $15 million dollars into), I will be thinking of Denny Morrison, his gold medal, Michele Kelly, our other great Olympian, – and all of my fond Olympic memories.