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Day 17 of the Vancouver Olympic Games ended with a bang and not just the fireworks at the closing ceremonies.

In some ways this is the saddest blog I have to write, it is also one of the happiest. I am sad that it is over, yet so happy with the results of these Vancouver Olympic Games. Canada’s last gold medal of these Olympic Games was the one that most Canadian’s were waiting to see. In a nail biting overtime time win, Canada beat the USA in men’s ice hockey 3 to 2.  At the closing ceremonies, the crowd in the stands actually let out a sigh when the  IOC president  declared the games closed, as no one wanted the games to be over. This has been the best Olympics for Canada in so many ways, outside of the Gold Medal Records for a nation at the winter games and the most Gold Medals by a host nation at a winter Olympic Games. What most impressed me was the positive spin that the American broadcaster...

Day 16 of the Vancouver Olympic Games brings Canada its 13th Gold Medal

Until today only 2 other countries had won 13 gold medals at the winter Olympics, the only other countries to win 13 gold in a Winter Olympic Games were the Soviet Union in 1976 (Innsbruck, Austria) and Norway in 2002 (Salt Lake City, Utah). Today, Canada became the third. If Canada beats the USA in ice hockey or another athlete from Canada wins a Gold Medal, a new winter Olympic record for Gold Medals will be set.  13 gold medals is also a new record for a host nation, This has Canada ahead of the previous record of 10 Gold Medals by a host nation that was held by the United States (2002 Salt Lake City, Utah)  and Norway (1994 Lillehammer). These Vancouver Olympic Games that had a slow start for Canada, but it started to gain momentum in the second week of the game. Canada gained even mor...

Day 15 and another 4 medals for Canada, 2 Gold, a Silver and a Bronze

Canada’s Olympians may not have owned the podium, but they are now leading in terms of most Gold Medals at the Vancouver Olympic Games. Canada’s men’s short track speed skating team finally ended their medal drought, they secured two Gold Medals and a Bronze Medal to put Canada third in the medal race and first in terms of most Gold Medals. Charles Hamelin picked up the men’s short track Gold Medal, finishing first in the 500 metre skate. His teammate François-Louis Tremblay earned the Bronze Medal in the same 500 metre event. Then less than an hour later in the men’s 5000 metre relay . Charles Hamelin and François-Louis Tremblay along with teammates François Hamelin, Olivier Jean and Guillaume Bastille, again reached for the top of the podium, winning the Gold Medal in t...

Day 14 of The Vancouver Olympics and Canada’s women win third straight hockey Gold Meda

Another Gold medal for Canada’s women’s ice hockey team, they defeated a very tough USA women’s team 2 to 0, to take their third straight Olympic Gold medal. What made this Gold Medal sweeter was to take this one on home ice in front of not only a hometown crowd and the Prime Minister, but the greatest player who ever played the game who was seated next to Stephen Harper, Wayne Gretzky. While it was widely publicized that the team had spent weeks leading up to the Vancouver Olympic Games playing practice games against boys midget hockey teams . Thanks to an innovative strategy by Alberta Minor Hockey League, the boys teams’ games against the Canadian women even counted in the league standings, giving these teenagers more motivation for pushing the women’s team to improve. What ...

Day 13 Of the Vancouver Games Brings Canada’s Best Bronze Medal

Canada has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at these Vancouver Olympic Games, but the sweetest medal came in the form of a Bronze. Clara Hughes took Bronze in the women’s 5000 metre long track speed skating today, what makes it sweet is this medal is the sixth of her career, putting her in a tie with Klassen as Canada’s most decorated Olympian. The other title that Hughes holds is that she is the only  athlete in history to win multiple medals in Winter and Summer Olympics games. This was her last ice race and she was happy to earned a spot on the podium. Canada has won Gold and Silver in Women’s bobsledding. Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse dominated the Whistler sliding track and took the gold and Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown picked up the silver medal in the Canada 2 ...

Day 12 of the Vancouver Games Brings another Gold and another first for Canada

While most of Canada is watching the qualifying hockey game between Canada and Germany in Ice Hockey, Canada has already gained another gold medal and another Olympic first. Canada’s women skiers have won the Gold Medal in women’s Ski Cross. Canadian racer Ashleigh McIvor has won the Olympic gold medal in ski cross at Cypress Mountain. This is the first time Ski Cross has been an Olympic event and Ashleigh McIvor has taken gold. Canada may not be owning the podium in these Olympic games as they were promoted to be doing, but they have made many firsts. The first Gold by Canada at a Canadian Olympics, the youngest and first North American team to win Olympic Ice Dancing Gold Medal and now the First ever to win women’s Ski Cross at the Olympic games. Team Canada is not the only number one  t...

Day 11 of the Vancouver Olympics Brings Another Gold Medal

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won the gold medal in Ice Dancing. Not only have they won another Gold Medal for Canada, they made Olympic history, they are the first North American team to win the Olympic Ice Dancing Championship. They went into tonight’s Free Skate with a 2.6 point lead, but there are their American training partners and a strong Russian team that were expected to give them them a good run. While I am not a fan of cross country skiing, I read today that Canadian Bill McKeever will make Olympic history by being the first winter athlete ever named to both Olympic and Paralympic teams. McKeever has only 10 % vision and that is not a challenge for him in competing with fully sighted skiers in the 50km race. His ability to compete with his vision impairment may even he...

Day 10 of the Vancouver Olympics was nicknamed Super Sunday

Today was being promoted as Super Sunday It was Super for athletes in other sports, but not for Canada’s hockey team.  Canada vs USA was the big hype of the day, all of the TV commentators were predicting a win by Canada and the advance to the semi finals, but someone forgot to tell the team USA, who beat Team Canada 5 to 3.  Canada now has an extra game to play on Tuesday against Germany.   One positive hockey story was that the Canadian soldiers trounced the American soldiers 16 to 2 at what was called Hockey Night in Kandahar. The good news of the day was that Canada’s Kristina Groves won her second medal of these Vancouver Olympic Games, capturing silver in the ladies 1,500 metres long track speed skating race. She won bronze in the 3,000-metre race earlier in the week and narrowly mis...

Olympics day 9 and we still do not own the podium

Long before the opening of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games, millions of dollars were spent by the Canadian government and private companies to have Canadian medal wins top any others at these Olympic games on Canadian soil. Canada did not capture any medals on day 9, there are still several days left to compete and show the world that Canada has world class athletes. Besides hockey, there are events that Canadian athletes are expected to win medals. Even with no medals being won by Canadians today, Vancouver and Whistler are still buzzing with excitement by the competitions. While the reception is closed for the weekend at Telsec, our Toronto office space is not closed. When you open an office space Toronto at Telsec, you have 24 hour access to your office. Yes, even if you want to come i...

Vancouver Olympics day 8 and finally Canadian Gold in Whistler

Canada has won Gold in Vancouver, 2 Gold Medals on Cypress Mountain and now Canada has finally won Gold in Whistler. Tonight Canada’s Jon Montgomery took gold in men’s skeleton at the Whistler sliding centre. This means that Canada has now Captured Gold at all three venue locations. Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are  just over one point back from first-place Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin after the compulsory dance. The ice dance competition continues Sunday with the original dance and wrap up Monday with the free dance, Virtue and Moir are expected to make the podium. The non Olympic sport story of the day was that Tiger Woods publicly apologized for repeatedly cheating on his wife. He did say that while he intends to return to professional golf, he did not ...

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