During the Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the Olympic Torch was passed to Sochi. Tonight is the night winter sport enthusiasts have been waiting for since 2010: the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
When the Olympics were in Vancouver, it was a time to celebrate being Canadian; it brought the country together. The streets of Vancouver were filled with red and white, cheers and high fives. Fittingly, 2010 was the year that Canadian athletes out performed their competitors with a total of 26 medals: 14 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze. Canada currently holds the record for the most gold medals ever won during a non-boycotted Olympics.
Each medal earned by Canadians athletes during the games were celebrated, however there were a few medals that had a special meaning to the winners, as well as the country. Alex Bilodeau, a free-style skiier, became the first Canadian to ever an Olympic gold medal on Canadian soil after Team Canada was unable to do so in Montreal and Calgary. While practicing her short programme, Joannie Rochette, a Canadian figure skater, was told that her mother had suddenly passed away of a massive heart attack. Rochette decided that she would compete in her mother’s honour, and she earned a personal best score of 71.36 (the third highest score of the evening). Click here to watch her emotional skate. Two days later, Rochette earned a bronze medal after her long programme. And who can forget Sidney Crosby‘s “Golden Goal”? Sidney Crosby scored an overtime goal in the goal medal game against the United States. This goal earned Canada it’s 14th gold medal, and you could almost hear the cheers erupt across the nation.
This year, there are quite a few Canadians competing that are expected to make it to the podium (according to the Toronto Sun). Here are their predictions:
- Kaillie Humphries, bobsled (Calgary)
- Brad Jacobs team, curling (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.)
- Mikael Kingsbury, freestyle skiing, moguls (Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que.)
- Rosalind Groenewoud, freestyle skiing halfpipe (Calgary)
- Kaya Turski, freestyle skiing, slopestyle (Montreal)
- Charles Hamelin, short track, 1000m (Sainte-Julie, Que.)
- Patrick Chan, Figure skating, men’s singles (Toronto)
- Short track men’s 5000m relay (unknown)
- Dominique Maltais, Snowboard cross women (Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Que.)
- Mark McMorris, Snowboard slopestyle men (Regina)
- Christine Nesbitt, Speed skating 1000m (London, Ont.)
- Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, figure skating Ice Dance (London, Ont.)
- Alexandre Bilodeau, Freestyle skiing moguls (Montreal)
- Justin Dufour-Lapointe, Freestyle skiing Moguls women (Montreal)
- Chris Del Bosco, Freestyle skiing skicross men (Sudbury, Ont.)
- Dara Howell, freestyle skiing slopestyle, women (Hunstville, Ont.)
- Women’s hockey
- Charles Hamelin, short track 500m (Sainte-Julie, Que.)
- Maelle Ricker, snowboard cross women (North Vancouver, B.C.)
- Sebastien Toutant, snowboard slopestyle men (Montreal)
- Spencer O’Brien, Snowboard slopestyle women (Courtenay, B.C.)
- Christine Nesbitt, Speed skating 1500m (London, Ont)
- Speed skating women’s team pursuit (Unknown)
- Luge team relay mixed
- Marielle Thompson, Freestyle skiing, skicross (North Vancouver, B.C.)
- Jennifer Jones team, women’s curling (Winnipeg)
- Figure skating team mixed
- Travis Gerrits, freestyle skiing aerials (Milton, Ont.)
- Micheal Riddle, freestyle skiing halfpipe men (Edmonton)
- Charles Hamelin, short track 1500m (Sainte-Julie, Que.)
- Short track 3000m relay women
An obvious omission in this list is the reigning Olympic Champions: the Canadian Men’s Olympic Hockey Team. What do you think about this list? Are there any changes you would make?
If you happen to be in Vancouver during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, stop by the Vancouver Lookout to watch some of the events! We have four TV’s that will be displaying Olympic events throughout the World’s largest sports tournament! The Vancouver Lookout offers a 360 view of the city of Vancouver. Come learn about some of the Olympic History that was left here in 2010!