Winter Olympics was amazing
The Winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010 was amazing, from the opening moment to the closing. There were many brilliant moments and surprise wins. Which is what makes the Olympics – Summer and Winter games – the most watchable sports occasion. But it is the spirit of the Olympics that is simply awesome: for just 2 weeks every 2 years the whole world seem to be united.
The two outstanding 2010 wins, for me, were Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk in a nail-biting finish in the Ladies 30km Mass Start Classic cross country and Norway’s Petter Northug‘s equally spectacular gold in the Men’s 50km Mass Start Classic. Canadians probably will disagree; their gold in Men’s Ice Hockey was the obvious national favorite.
For as long as I can remember there has always been a particular athlete that reminds one of an Olympic year (Jesse Owens, Mark Spitz, Bjorn Daehlie, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, to name a few). The Vancouver Winter Olympics might just have been different; instead of remembering one athlete in particular, it is a whole nation that is memorable. While the Olympics is an ideal platform to promote a country, no-one has yet done it as well as Canada. It’s not the usual tourism spots or the opening ceremony or any such thing that reflected Canada’s Olympic games, it’s the people. That is the proper way to present the Olympics!