It’s the very last day of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and I’m pretty sure I’m never going to forget this experience — or find something to top it in the near future.
Day 16 yesterday started off with a press conference with our men’s short track speed skating team. They collected gold the night before while Charles Hamelin and FranÃ§ois-Louis Tremblay picked up individual medals as well.
This morning, it was announced that Hamelin would be our country’s flag-bearer in the closing ceremony. He’s the only person to win two gold for Canada and in a Winter Games where we dominated the gold count, it’s pretty noteworthy. Update: reports now say Joannie Rochette will carry the flag.
Yesterday morning Joannie Rochette, who won bronze in figure skating just days after her mother’s passing, received the inaugural Terry Fox award [cknw].
Since John wasn’t working at the day job, (thank goodness for Saturdays) we headed over to the Royal Canadian Mint so that he could hold the medals for himself.
From there we explored Canada’s Northern House, then hopped on a bus to visit Russky Dom – Sochi 2014‘s pavilion at Science World.
To round out the day, I interviewed George Stroumboulopoulos before heading to the Molson Brewery, where we were invited to watch the game.
More medals, three pavilions, one press conference, one interview and one brewery and here we are on Day 17. Vancouver 2010 has had its ups and downs, and while I’m still battling a stuffed up nose paired with a bit of a fever, there’s no stopping now.
There more hours until Canada meets USA in the men’s hockey final and just about 8 hours until something we’ve waited for so long, goes away forever.
You can view all of John’s photos from yesterday in his Flickr set.
Medal Count for Canada on Day 16 â€“ February 27, 2010
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