The end of a successful Olympics. And what a final week. Canada picked up 8 golds (!) since the last MMS. Last Monday the papers were talking about the Own the Podium being a failure and how we should have never done it, but I think as this amazing week has come to an end it looks like we did kick some ass (and as I read on twitter, technically we do own all the podiums).
And what a hockey game! Wow. I don’t think they could have scripted it any better. Overtime, Crosby, against the States. If I worked for the NHL I would have that running in all my commercials non-stop with some comment like “Do you know what you’re missing?”. If they cut it with the simultaneous shots of Robson square/ the Molson house/Toronto/everywhere with a TV just erupting then they would have a hit commercial.
The closing ceremonies kinda sucked if you ask me. I enjoyed the athletes march and all that (intro to Sochi etc), but the obvious lip-syncing for the entire intro part (where are we? oh yeah, Vancouver) annoyed me, and I didn’t really like how they did the whole try to be comedians part. I did like Mr. Fox coming out and saying “Hi, I’m Mike” and getting a huge cheer (and Shatner was awesome as well…go watch Free Enterprise). Now as for the “concert”, I am aware that I don’t have the most common taste of music, but what they had there was crap (although Alanis had a nice dress on). The only band that interested me in the slightest was the Marie-Mai. And we all know why that was…the guitar was the closest thing to music that I like.
All in all, the Olympics were a massive success, and I’m glad that the world got to see us drinking from the pitcher on the way to interviews, partying in the streets, kicking ass in the sports and just being all around awesome. Also, for all of the athletes who made it to represent our country, congrats. Win or lose, you made the whole country proud.
As for NHL standings, they are the same as last week.
Canada finishes 3rd with 26 medals (14 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze). Also added the medals per capita numbers.
|Country||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total||Per Capita (Medal/Million)|
|United States||9||15||13||37||0.12 (309 mil)|
|Germany||10||13||7||30||0.37 (81 mil)|
|Canada||14||7||5||26||0.76 (34 mil)|
|Norway||9||8||6||23||4.6 (5 mil)|
|Austria||4||6||6||16||2 (8 mil)|
Canada Medal Winners
Canada – Men’s Hockey – Gold
Canada – Men’s Curling – Gold
Jasey Jay Anderson – Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom Snowboarding – Gold
Canada – Speed Skating Men’s Team Pursuit – Gold
Canada – Speed Skating Men’s 5000m Relay – Gold
Charles Hamelin – Speed Skating 500m – Gold
Canada – Women’s Hockey – Gold
Kaillie Humphries, Heather Moyse – Women’s Bobsleigh – Gold
Ashleigh McIvor – Ladies Ski Cross – Gold
Canada – Women’s Curling – Silver
Shelley Brown, Helen Upperton – Women’s Bobsleigh – Silver
Canada – Speed Skating Ladies 3000m Relay – Silver
Canada – Bobsleigh 4 man – Bronze
Francois-Louis Tremblay – Speed Skating Men’s 500m – Bronze
Joannie Rochette – Ladies Figure Skating – Bronze
Clara Hughes – Speed Skating Ladies 5000m – Bronze
Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir – Ice Dancing – Gold
Jon Montgomery – Skeleton – Gold
Christine Nesbitt – Speed Skating 1000m – Gold
Maelle Ricker – Snowboard Cross – Gold
Kristina Groves – Speed Skating 1500m – Silver
Marianne St. Gelais – Speed Skating 500m – Silver
Alexandre Bilodeau – Men’s Moguls – Gold
Jenn Heil – Ladies Moguls – Silver
Mike Robertson – Men’s Snowboard Cross – Silver
Kristina Groves – Ladies Speed Skating 3000m – Bronze
Oilers are back (meh, and I still have tickets to two games). And practicing (much needed). Also the deadline is in a few days so that should be interesting, although I think ultimately disappointing. We need a massive overhaul of the team, and I don’t think it will be done. A couple of pieces may be moved here or there, but all in all we should be seeing the same basic team for the rest of the season. I don’t think they will be January terrible, but will probably lose more than they win.
Oh, and Lubo is a cheater. Pissed dirty during the Olympics. (Really not that serious, but lets blow it out of proportion)
And Khabibulin is being charged with EXTREME drunk driving as he blew a 0.15 (or greater…twitter wasn’t exactly big on details). Holy crap.