(From A Canadian Perspective…)
The Olympic Flame. Every single time, its arrival brings a chill up your spine. And always one of the most moving and emotional parts of the closing ceremonies when it’s extinguished.
Opening ceremonies. The illuminated doves were exquisite. Never mind that one of the snowflakes didn’t open up into the fifth Olympic ring, the ceremonies were spectacular. And lest we forget, this isn’t the first time there’s been a hitch. Remember poor Catriona LeMay Doan in Vancouver 2010, standing in the stadium for those long, awkward seconds, waiting for the arm to come down so she could light it. It never did. There’s already a T-shirt with the faulty Olympic ring. That guy will be a millionaire.
Dufour-Lapointe sisters from Canada winning gold and silver in the women’s moguls. When Justine cried, we all cried too.
Canadian men’s curling physiques. No words necessary, just look at the picture below.
Ski jumping, slopestyle and aerial skiing – those are some crazy muthas.
Snow boarder interviews. Full of ‘yeah man’s, ‘cool dude’s and ‘right on’s. Can these guys be any more laid back? Refreshing.
Canadian cross country skiing coach replacing a Russian skier’s broken ski so that he could finish the race. Gilmore Junio giving up his spot in speed skating to allow Denny Morrison to compete. Denny won silver. Junio won the world. Olympic spirit at its finest.
‘Thanks for the Moms’ commercials. Makes me tear up every time.
Canada’s come from behind win against the Americans in women’s hockey. Astonishing.
Canada winning the gold medal in men’s hockey.
The Worst (Or just plain odd)
The finish line in cross country skiing. Give these gals some cookies!
The lady knitting at the starting area of the slopestyle. WTF???
Weirdest prop – the giant Russian Matryoshka doll in the middle of the slope style hill. Complete with goggles to protect her from the snow glare. Oh and the palm tree at the base of ski jump. Meant to portray the tropical origins of ski jumping no doubt?
Norway’s curling pants. Thomas Ulsrud you are a gorgeous man. Do not try to ruin that. (To get the full effect of the picture below, please put on your 3D glasses, now.)
The aptly named ‘Carnage Corner’ in cross country skiing. Wipe outs galore!
Corrupt figure skating judges. Say what you will about who won what but it was pretty obvious to even the feeblest of fans that something wasn’t right. Will we ever see a skating world without pre-determined results?
White colored men’s bobsled and speed skating uniforms. A little water on the crotch area and the whole world got to see *everything*. Stick with black in aforementioned area for now on. Please.
All in all, a pretty darn amazing games. Now about that Putin….