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Events in and around Vancouver
March 3rd, 2010 by Frederick Linsmeyer, under Winter Olympics
The Olympic Cauldron
Two and a half weeks sure go by pretty quickly. The world had their eyes on the west coast of Canada as athletes from all walks of life competed in their respective winter sports. The streets of Vancouver were jam-packed with hundreds of thousands of fans cheering on their countries and taking in the sights and sounds of the various events throughout the city. So much happened in the 17 days the Winter Olympics that it’s almost impossible to go through it all, but here’s a portion of what made the list.
- Joannie Rochette and her courage to overcome a tragic loss and capture the hearts of her home and the world
- Sidney Crosby scoring the winning goal in overtime between Canada and the United States to take the gold medal
- Ryan Miller helping his team beat all odds and prove they are a medal contender
- Alexandre Bilodeau for ending the drought and his brother Frédéric for giving him the power to get there
- Kim Yu-Na for delivering one hell of a performance
- The Canadian women’s hockey team for their unstoppable play
- The obnoxiously awesome pants worn by the Norwegian curlers
- Lindsey Vonn for being the first American woman to win gold in downhill skiing (and with a bruised shin)
- Having the mime electrician give Catriona Le May Doan the chance to light her portion of the Olympic Cauldron
- Petra Majdič for continuing on despite painful injuries caused by an unfortunate fall
- The awesome opening and closing ceremonies showcasing the real Canada (minus a small glitch)
- The 14 gold medals Canada earned — our best ever and a record for the Winter Olympics
- The hundreds of volunteers to help out and assist the many out of town guests
- And the hundreds of thousands of supporters, visitors and fans who crammed downtown Vancouver and Whistler to deliver the best party this country has ever seen
- The shocking loss of Nodar Kumaritashvili in an accident while training
- El Niño for bringing unseasonable warmth and impacting a number of events on Cypress Mountain
- The hooligans who had nothing better to do than showcase their idiocy for the world (fortunately for one day only)
- The British media with their scathing criticisms on anything and everything
- NBC for cutting short broadcasts of events, or skipping them entirely
As a resident of Metro Vancouver, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for making this possible. We hope you enjoyed the games and our city, and would love to see you all back here again soon!
February 28th, 2010 by Frederick Linsmeyer, under Winter Olympics
A heated rivalry, Canada versus the United States, saw a very close and tight game with a nation’s bragging rights on the line. Canada overcame a strong American team to win 3 – 2 in overtime and claim the gold medal. The United States takes home the silver and Finland takes the bronze.
Jonathan Toews beat Ryan Miller to get Canada up by one and the country on it’s feet with the first goal in the game.
In the second, Corey Perry made it 2 – 0 for Canada. However, Ryan Kesler briefly touched a shot from Patrick Kane that beat Roberto Luongo to bring the United States within one.
Luongo came up big stopping some key shots and prompting his trademark “Luuuuuuuu” chant echo throughout the building. The Canadian penalty kill proved exceptional in holding the Americans after two of them sat in the box.
The third period saw Dany Heatley denied on two close chances on putting the puck in for Canada. Zach Parise scored with 25 seconds left in the third to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Canada came back and 7:40 into extra time, Sidney Crosby, on a pass from Jarome Iginla, beat Miller to win the gold medal and send the country into an uproarious cheer.
February 26th, 2010 by Frederick Linsmeyer, under Winter Olympics
Slovakia was expected to give Canada its greatest test before the gold medal game and hopes were riding high on the Canadians. With the entire nation being carried on the backs of the Canadian players, it was up to them to take out the Slovakian team after they upset the 2006 champions, Sweden in the previous game. Canada earned a close 3 – 2 win over Slovakia.
Patrick Marleau and Brendan Morrow gave Team Canada the advantage in the first period with them up by two over the Slovakians.
In the second period, Ryan Getzlaf padded Canada’s lead with a goal making it 3 – 0 for the home team.
However, the Slovakians were not ready to give up, scoring two goals in the third period, from Lubomir Visnovsky and Michal Handzus. Handzus’ goal came within the last five minutes making for an exciting end to the game.
Canada will face the United States on Sunday, February 28th at 12:00 PM PST.
February 26th, 2010 by Frederick Linsmeyer, under Winter Olympics
Congratulations to the Canadian Women’s hockey team on their hard earned gold medal. Marie-Philip Poulin scored the only two goals in the game, while goaltender Shannon Szabados stopped 29 shots for the shutout. Canada defeated the United States with a score of 2 – 0.
The Canadian Men’s team take on Slovakia tonight at 6:30 PM PST in the semifinals.
February 24th, 2010 by Frederick Linsmeyer, under Winter Olympics
A pumped up Canada coming off an 8-2 victory over Germany was looking forward to taking on Alexander Ovechkin and the Russians. Canada played a strong game with plenty of hits, but the Russians weren’t intimidated. The much anticipated Ovechkin-Crosby rivalry was pretty quiet as Canada skated away with a 7-3 win.
Ryan Getzlaf got Canada up on the board first with a goal, followed by Dan Boyle on the power play. 46 seconds later, Rick Nash came in and beat Evgeni Nabokov.
However, Dmitri Kalinin broke Canada’s 3-0 lead to get Russia into the game. Brendan Morrow scored with two minutes left in the period to make it 4-1 for the home team.
Corey Perry started off the second period with a goal followed by Shea Weber almost a minute later. However, Maxim Afinogenov got one by Roberto Luongo just 39 seconds after Weber’s shot.
Perry got his second of the night and Sergei Gonchar would score to bring Russia within four of Canada’s lead. After Canada’s peppering of Nabokov, Ilya Bryzgalov came out to take his place in net.
There was plenty of action in the third, including a great save by Luongo off Evgeni Malkin’s breakaway during Russia’s power play. While no goals were scored, the Russians applied pressure, but couldn’t break down Luongo.
Canada now heads to the semifinals and waits for the outcome of the game between Sweden and Slovakia.
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