Sunday, February 28, 2010

Into the Eye Of The Hurricaine -Canada Wins Gold in Men's Hockey !!!


What an amazing two weeks! This is something I will never forget and I'm so lucky to have been able to live it.

I'm sicker than a dog right now and haven't left my apartment in two days but have still been watching the Olympics constantly. Downtown is crazy right now; they've had to halt bus service b/c of the huge street parties that are going on. All you can hear is people cheering & horns honking. Party on, Canadians, party on. I'm too sick to even want to be there in person but I'm there in spirit. Wrapped in my Team Canada blankie I've been crying & cheering with every Olympic special that's being aired on TV. We're less than 30 min away from the Closing Ceremonies.

Gotta go as they're starting a new special on the Olympic Torch on TV. I can't miss anything.

With glowing hearts!!!!!

ps - LOVE you Sidney!!!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Quatchi Kid

This might be the cutest thing I've ever seen! The Quatchi Kid is on a mission to find Big Quatchi.

Child Sized?

I would totally wear this but don't think there's any way I can fit my rather large head into a child sized hat. Boo! Buy it here if you have a small head or want it for your kid. It's $30.

Lucky Loonie

We were just watching Brian Williams interview the Canadian men's curling team who won gold earlier today. He was able to confirm that there were 5 "lucky loonies" placed in the ice at the Vancouver Olympic Centre. Here's hoping there are some at Canada Hockey Place as well.

I really enjoyed watching curling today and want to give a big CONGRATS to both our men's team who won gold and the women who won silver! Way to go!!!

Short Track Speed Skating - Victory Ceremony 26Feb2010 at Pacific Coliseum

Guest Blogger Keri

I'll mostly let these photos speak for themselves. Imagine, if you will, lots of tears, excitement, screaming, singing, and joy.

Here is Charles Hamelin and Francois Tremblay getting their medals and watching our flag raised in song.

And here is the 5000m relay teams

Short Track Speed Skating - 26Feb2010 at Pacific Coliseum

Guest Blogger Keri, here again.
This was one of the events that I never imagined I'd get to attend. Not only is it an amazing sport, it was the medal event and Canada had a shot in two of the events.
We arrived to find the longest lines of people wanting to buy tickets that I've seen so far. I learned that Americans love their Apolo Ohno (with good reason, the man is amazing) and scalpers tickets were going for $2000 but in this case capitalism wasn't going to win out.
There were three medal events, but I'm only going to write about two of them.

We had awesome seats. Surrounded by Americans in what was an international crowd. When the announcer listed off countries, it was pretty much evenly split between Canada, USA, Korea, and China. As we sat down the ice was being prepared. Knowing nothing about Speed Skating, I wondered why there seemed to be no barrier. I turned to the man sitting next to me and asked if he knew anything about speed skating, and he replied that "Yes he did". Then I found out that he was the father of Francois Tremblay!!

The first event was the Men's 500m. How did NBC put it? "It's well established that Short Track is a crazy sport, and the craziest event within this crazy sport is the 500 metre...For pure entertainment sake, this is one of the most enjoyable events at any Winter Olympics."

The volume at the Coliseum was deafening as the men raced around the track. When two Canadians made the medal race we couldn't have been happier. It was too fast to even be a nail biter but it ended with Charles Hamelin with Gold and Francois Tremblay with Bronze. Lot's of hugs and kisses with with the Tremblay's, you can be sure.
Last was the men's 5000m relay.
I've never seen anything like it before. It was five teams of four skaters racing in a traffic jam of bodies. How they even kept track of their teammates and of their positions is amazing. In fact a few of the teams missed a few of the changes to varying results. In the end, Canada were undisputed Gold winners, with Apolo Ohno squeaking out a bronze finish for his American Men.

On Route To The Game - Canada vs USA

The Pre Game Skate - Canada vs USA

The Americans did a good job being loud but we were louder.

Canada vs USA For The Gold


The Canadian men's team.

The "WE WANT THE GOLD" chant started at the 2 min mark.

We were all on our feet for the last minute.