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John Furlong’s Book, Win a Copy of Patriot Hearts

Friday, February 11th, 2011 — 9:01am PDT
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Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, an event that has forever changed our city in many ways. We came together as a region, Province, and country, to celebrate athleticism at its best while letting our patriotism show. One man who had a major hand in making this event happen is John Furlong and you can now purchase copies of his book: Patriot Hearts.

Patriot Hearts book by John Furlong

“Working with Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason, Furlong recounts the lead­up to the Games and describes how he handled seemingly insurmountable setbacks ― such as the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, a global recession and the washed­out snow at Cypress Bowl ― to achieve a runaway success and, ultimately, a pivotal moment of nationhood.” []

Events surrounding the book launch include a blue jacket volunteer flash mob yesterday, a Vancouver Board of Trade lunch this afternoon, a pancake breakfast with blue jacket volunteers February 12th, a book signing at Chapters on Granville February 12th at 3:00pm followed by a VANOC employee reunion at 7:00pm. Furlong will make his way to Whistler on Sunday February 13th for a reading and signing at the Whistler Public Library at 3:30pm, and he’ll do another February 14th at 7:00pm back at the Richmond Public Library’s main branch.

The book is available as of today in local bookstores and online at Amazon or Indigo. If you would like to win a copy of this book, please leave a comment stating your favourite memory from the Olympics or Paralympics. You can also leave your entry on the Contest Tab of the Miss604 Facebook page.

Personally, aside from the pavilions and hospitality houses, the high-fives on Granville, the double gold in hockey, and the amazing achievements at the Paralympics, I will still remember my ride in the Surrey leg of the Olympic torch relay for the rest of my life. I will draw two winners, who will each receive a copy of the book, on February 17, 2011.

Update The winners are Linda Nguyen (Facebook entry) and Nicole (comment entry).

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  1. Angie says:

    Favourite memory has to be right after we won the gold medal in men’s hockey. We opened the windows from the downtown condo we were watching and the city went from completely still and quiet to that huge street party.

  2. ashlee says:

    The nightly street parties 🙂

  3. MJ Ankenman says:

    So many amazing memories. It all started with the opening ceremonies, I was watching with a group of friends and while k.d. lang sang Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, I looked around the room and we all had tears welling up…that was a Canadian Olympic moment and the sports events hadn’t even started.

  4. Geoff says:

    My favourite memory has to be Alex Bilodeau winning Canada’s first gold medal on home soil. Then seeing him and his brother celebrating together. It just melted my heart. Good times. The Canada Men’s hockey gold medal game comes a close second.

  5. Jennifer says:

    We hosted PRIDE House here at QMUNITY during the Games and I have so many wonderful memories of that experience. In particular was when the Colbert Report visited PRIDE House and I swapped barbs with Stephen Colbert.

  6. Bons says:

    There are many memorable moments for me from the Olympics and Paralympics. One of my favorite memory from the Olympics was actually being able to attend the rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony. Better than watching it on the TV screen.

  7. Marlene Unruh says:

    Meeting with friends and family and walking with the crowds in Vancouver….and the Hallelujah song…

  8. Tara says:

    Over here in Victoria, we expereinced the Olympics in a very different way, but with no less celebration or joy. Every night I was at a different friend’s house, watching one of the events and cheering on our country. My favorite memory would watching the closing ceremonies from Victoria, at a huge “Closing Ceremonies Party.” We all sang along to Michael Buble singing The Maple Leaf song as the giant mounties and hockey players and men dressed as lumberjacks danced. We all felt so Canadian and proud!

  9. lindawwww says:

    My favourite memory is walking along Robson Street, being a part of the huge crowds, and having a great time just watching everyone else enjoying themselves.

  10. Parker says:

    Watching the Opening Ceremony downtown, realizing Gretzky was going to “mobilize”, and then realizing he was heading past my building!!! People flooding the streets to experience it first hand was beyond amazing

  11. Karen says:

    Walking down Granville Street among a sea of red and white and feeling the energy surging through the crowd was amazing. Canadian pride was on display with every high five and every spontaneous burst of “O Canada”. My favourite memory is just feeling so proud to be a Canadian and proud of the amazing job our Country, and specifically BC, did to host the best winter Olympic games ever.

  12. Linda Nguyen says:

    my favorite moment was zipping across robson square with ziptrek! best and only time to ever do it and i did it TWICE!

  13. Jason C says:

    I remember being up on Cypress Mountain, after getting a last minute ticket from a friend, and witnessing Alex Bilodeau’s gold medal Men’s Moguls run. Truly historic, and such a magical moment up on Cypress that night. There were tears of joy and a lot of hugs amongst everyone up there. And soon after, the spontaneous eruptions of “O Canada” during the walk back to the buses that awaited to take us back downtown was truly a memorable moment…

  14. Angie V says:

    Favourite moment was when Sidney Crosby scored that famous winning goal. Will never forget it because I was in Puerto Vallarta celebrating with all the Canadians at the bar.

  15. Curtis says:

    My favourite memories included working at the Media Centre and seeing all of the people from around the world. Also, meeting all of the people coming to visit the cauldron during my shifts!

  16. Dilara says:

    One of my favorite memories was watching the men’s hockey team take gold and then pouring out onto the streets of downtown Vancouver… it was SO crowded that we could barely move but the atmosphere was almost electric! I’ve never high-five’d so many strangers in my life!

  17. Lynn says:

    There is so many to choose from as a volunteer at BC Place i have many but if i have to pick one it would be Opening ceremonies that’s when i realized that i was part of something much bigger than i expected and what a wonderful feeling of pride and Joy to be there!!! Thank you for letting me be a part of it all!!!

  18. Michael Kwan says:

    As important as the gold medal in men’s hockey was, I think we really came together as a nation for Joannie Rochette.

  19. Jen says:

    Hard to choose a favourite! But one was when we got tickets for the first opening ceremonies rehearsal. Feeling the magic and suddenly KNOWING how fantastic the whole thing was going to be for Canada and for the world. I still get shivers thinking about it!

  20. heather says:

    I took my mom to a curling game and before hand we were able to just wander through the pavilions and the along the false creek sea wall. It was a beautiful sunny day and everything went so smoothly, my mom had a great time and I wont the 50/50 at the curling game!

  21. Natalie says:

    hands down the gold medal hockey game and all the cheering after we won !!! those memories will stick with me for a long time 🙂

  22. Alakitten says:

    Yep, Hockey game was GREAT!! 🙂

  23. Kristen says:

    My favourite moment was when Alexandre Bilodeau won Canada’s first gold medal. The celebration in the crowd and his family, especially his brother, getting so excited and being so proud! I still get goosebumps watching this footage!

  24. Edwina Harris says:

    My very favorite moment was the realization at the opening ceremonies that Canadian pride was at its best!!! I was lucky enough to be there to witness the sea of Red and the Canadian Flag flying high. It was a moment I will never forget!

  25. Jenny L. says:

    When Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal!

  26. John Chen says:

    National pride soared with our gold metal count at 14, and winning in o/t the Mens Gold Metal hockey game!!

  27. Steph :) says:

    There were so many awesome and amazing memories but because I love Sumi my favourite memory is when I saw Sumi soaring at the Paralympics opening ceremony. That was soooo cool especially since I had also been playing the game online too!

  28. Brent says:

    The sound of Canada Hockey Place erupting after Canada won GOLD!

  29. Erin says:

    The crowds and seeing people who usually don’t even care about hockey crying their eyes out at the gold medal game.

  30. darcy says:

    Hockey Golds!

  31. lori says:

    So many fav’s: Meeting so many nice guests, the hockey, all the medal’s, KD Lang singing Hallaluja, the pride, the opening and closing ceremonies…the list goes on!

  32. Jeremy Lim says:

    Getting stuck at Granville and Robson with thousands of others. Watching people scale buildings and traffic signs with flags held high. Dance parties – EVERYWHERE.

  33. RS says:

    Crosby’s golden goal!

  34. Teresa K says:

    I love all the events.

  35. Donald says:

    My favorite memory was cheering for our Canadian athletes, win or lose.

  36. au says:

    i was amazed on the impact of visitors for the once-in-a-lifetime experience in welcoming the world thru our 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games!

  37. Thanks for the mention! I will be posting pics from the brekki with John Furlong and events yesterday later this afternoon. I will also be on CTV’s special tonight for the anniversary. Look for me by the Inukshuk on English Bay.

    Having a giveaway to celebrate on my blog, so be sure and stop by to enter! 🙂

  38. Linda says:

    the pride and excitement everyone exhibited during the games and Crosby’s winning goal.

  39. Rachael Q says:

    KD Lang singing Hallelujah at the Opening Ceremony
    Watching the sliding events in Whistler with my hubby, my parents from Aus, and my friend from London.
    Hearing O Canada for the first time at the Medal’s Plaza in Whistler

  40. Beau Larry says:

    My best memory would have to be the final weekend: my friends, on a whim, rented a car and drove out from Calgary. We proceded to spend the next 4 days partying like it was 2010. The best part was watching Sidney score that overtime goal from the huge crowd on Robson street; you could tell that some places had a bit of a delay because I heard a couple of screams start a fraction of a second before we saw the goal.

  41. Kevin says:

    Living and working in party town Whistler!

  42. Kelyl says:

    My favorite memory was hanging at downtown and being with the huge crowd cheering for Team Canada with complete strangers. This experience made me meet so much new friends, i love and miss the Olympics!

  43. ag. says:

    My favourite memory has to be that I got to cheer on Canada’s men’s hockey team in their game against Germany. Seeing the spirit of Canadian’s and the pride we have for our hockey team was such an amazing thing…not to mention being in the same arena as our country’s greatest hockey players!

  44. T&T says:

    Watching the torch relay live on the Internet for weeks. The amazing excitement as the flame finally crossed from Burnaby into Vancouver on February 11. Taking the Canada Line to glimpse the flame and cheer in person at City Hall. Amazing experiences that reflect perfectly the title of John’s book.

  45. Nicole says:

    By far, the best memory I had was walking to BC Place for the Closing Ceremonies right after we had won the Gold in Hockey and getting random hugs and high fives from everyone we passed! Once we were in BC Place stadium and the last part of the hockey game was being re-played on the big screen and then everyone stood to sing O Canada while the medals were being awarded….it made me so proud to be Canadian!

  46. Sanaz says:

    One of the most memorable ones was seeing people cry when Sid the Kid scored the winning goal at the Gold Medal game!

  47. Donna L says:

    Celebrity spotting! I didn’t have very good luck though. The only spontaneous sighting I had was at Yaletown LiveCity, and I saw Jacques Rogge and his entourage entering a side gate.

  48. Harjit says:

    The Olympics were just so incredible!

    1. Atmosphere – City Spirit
    2. Exciting events/pavilions
    3. Quatchi, Miga, Sumi, and MukMuk
    4. Games – Vancouver and Whistler
    5. Medal viewing (patient half day wait)
    6. Cauldron
    7. Red Mittens and much more…

    Happy Memories!

  49. Vanessa says:

    Favourite memory: the feeling after Canada struck gold in hockey

  50. Vanessa says:

    Favourite memory: the feeling after Canada struck gold in hockey

  51. Renn says:

    So many to choose from – going to packed cafes to watch the hockey games, high fives on Granville, going to see the torch relay in so many places around the city and in Calgary… and more!

  52. Serena H. says:

    My favorite memories was when Canada won the Gold Medal in Hockey, with the final shot being from Sidney Crosby. Its was very emotional!

  53. Dave K. says:

    My greatest Olympic memory is feeling the excitement of walking along Granville and Robson Streets with thousands of people, seeing them smiling and having a great time as they collect their own Olympic memories.

  54. Susan says:

    I just loved all the red and white…the spontaneous singing of Oh Canada…but the best memory had to be going to the mens hockey game…no not the big one, but Czech Republic vs Latvia! The chants of Latvia, Latvia…and all the cheers of the crowd for the underdog were amazing.

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  56. Alison says:

    My favourite memory is just the complete overhaul that happened downtown. I have worked downtown for 10 years, and it was just amazing to see all the people on the street at all times of the day, all wearing Olympics gear, and all in a great mood – so so awesome.

  57. Andrew says:

    My favorite moment was hanging out with my friends at LiveCity and watching the games on their big screen TV.

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