Sunday, February 23, 2014

Oh Canada!




Divided Heart



Sometimes it's hard to be a Canadian American.
Especially during the Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics is my absolute favorite
sports event in the world,
and the 2014 Sochi games 
have thrilled my Canadian American heart!






Sochi Winter Olympic Games
February 7, 2014
Source:  Wikipedia




But, if it's Canada against the USA,
I have to root for Canada!
I just can't help myself.

It's primal.

Vladimir Putin Visits Canada House
at the Olympic Park in Sochi
February 14, 2014
Source:  Wikimedia






Go Canada!




I've been missing from action
for the past seventeen days.
I've been glued to our TVs, upstairs and down.




Upstairs





 And Down




I've hardly moved in days!

But the past several days have been the best!






The quintessential winter events for Canada
have to be Curling and Hockey.


And Canada's teams came through!!!!!






Olympic GOLD

for Canadian Women and Men in Curling!!!!!



Rank NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Canada  2 0 0 2
2  Great Britain  0 1 1 2
 Sweden  0 1 1 2
            Total 2 2 2 6

                                                                                                     Source:  Wikipedia








Canadian Women Go for the Gold!
Source:  Wikimedia





Canadian Curlers Celebrating the Win!
Source:  flickr ~ Andy Miah




Can't find a usable photo of the men.     :(
So here's an historical touch.

Curling on a Lake in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Circa 1897
Source:  Wikipedia 




If you didn't grow up Canadian,
you may be scratching your head.

What's with brooms and stones?
Check this video for a quick intro to curling.


 
Source:  You Tube ~ DNews





Of course The Most Important 
Winter Olympics Event of All 
for Canada and Canadians is hockey.


Source:  Wikimedia



And Canada's teams came through!!!!!



Olympic GOLD
for Canadian Women and Men in Hockey!!!!!



 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Canada 2 0 0 2
2 Sweden 0 1 0 1
2 United States 0 1 0 1
3 Finland 0 0 1 1
3 Switzerland 0 0 1 1
            Total 2 2 2 6

Source:  Wikipedia







Canadian Women Take Olympic Gold!





A Famous Nova Scotian!
Source:  topwalls  





My TV Has Had a Workout!





Canada's Uniforms




I'm already going through withdrawal,
and the Closing Ceremony is still hours away.


B.C. Place ~ Closing Ceremony ~ Vancouver
Winter Olympics, Canada, 2010
Source:  Wikipedia




The 2014 Winter Olympics has been awesome!
How am I going to wait another four years?


Sochi Olympic Rings
February 14, 2014
Source:  Wikipedia

28 comments:

  1. Both of our hockey teams blew it.
    The winter games are my favorite. I enjoy the skiing and hockey. Enjoy the snowboarding as well.
    Fitting that the last event was won by the Russians.
    Four more years...

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    1. Hi Alex! I thought that it was great that the 50 k ski event was swept by the Russians too! It's always nice for the home country fans to see a good win by their athletes. There isn't a winter event I don't enjoy, and I love the snowboarding and half pipe. I hope that your week has gotten off to a great start!

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  2. YAY Canada! Hockey is indeed our sport. Our Olympians have made use very VERY proud!

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    1. Hi Martha! I was up at 4:45 a.m. to watch the gold medal hockey game, and it was great! With every goal we went up, the greater it got! I really like seeing the medals get spread around! And who doesn't love the Jamaican bobsled team? I hope you have a great week!

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  3. I enjoyed watching the curling and I love the Canadian uniforms!

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    1. Hi Linda! I watched a lot of curling over the two weeks. It's so fun! But then I love all the events! Have a happy week!

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  4. Can't say I ever liked curling one bit. But glad they got gold in it. Beat the poor americans in hockey too that is fun to come due.

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    1. Hi Pat! I used to dislike curling, but I find I'm really enjoying it a lot! Our NHL Avalanche hockey team had four players on four different teams (Canada, Russia, USA, and Sweden), and it was Matt Duchene who came home with the gold medal and bragging rights. Hockey is such a great game. I hope that you are having a great day and week!

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  5. We've been glued to the TV for the past 2 weeks too! I agree -- all the gold in men's and women's hockey and curling was PRETTY DAMN SWEET!

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    1. Hi Debra! It's hard to see it all come to an end, but then I really need to get back to the real world! I hope that your week got off to a great start!

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  6. I have not watched any Olympics but even this clueless Californian can be proud of the Canadians. Nicely done!

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    1. Thank you, Geo! It certainly was fun to watch and cheer! I was glued to the Olympics every day! The summer ones don't have nearly the same appeal for me. Someone at the bar and grill Friday night told me the Canadians did so well because it was so cold and icy in Canada! That really cracked me up. Have a great week!

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  7. didn't watch the Olympics, rather disappointed that Russia got the most medals

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    1. Hi Adam! I hated to see the Russians take the pairs gold medal in figure skating! But I was happy to see them sweep the last event because they were the host country, and that makes it fun for its fans. There have been two winter Olympics in Canada, and I know how much that meant to Canadians. It killed me that I was in my first year of teaching during the Calgary Olympics in 1988. That was my big chance to go. At least I had fun finding my family's faces as they attended the different events! Have a happy week!

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    1. Hi GT! I guess your hours were off in Australia too. I'm a total Winter Olympics junkie! I hope you have been enjoying your summer days. Today, for the first time, I felt some spring in the air ~ even though we're supposed to get snow tomorrow. I think it's the changing light. Have a great week!

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  9. I loved watching the hockey matches. Congrats to your country on those amazing victories :)

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    1. Hi Keith! Thank you for becoming a follower of my blog! That's awesome! Isn't hockey fun to watch! It's fast, and they do everything on ice. I think the players were on their best behavior though! Have a happy week!

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  10. Ha ha. Love your photos. I tried curling once and didn't like it. But after seeing Canada's men's curling team - I'm suddenly thinking of trying it again! :)

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    1. Hi Francie! Thank you! I've never tried curling, but now I'm feeling I'd like to! The older I get, the more Canadian I feel! I hope you have been enjoying a good week! Take care!

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  11. I too was glued to the tv and rooting for America and Canada....if they played each other I had to root for USA..but
    I rooted for them when they played other country..and I apologize for the men's hockey team from USA..they were piss poor sports and I'm ashamed of them.congratulations..you dun good.

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    1. Thanks, Jackiesue! I'm with you ~ I hate to see poor sportsmanship! But I thoroughly enjoyed the Olympics ~ It's hard to war another four years. It's a good thing they are over though, because my real life is all backed up! Have an awesome Hump Day!

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  12. Oh, Canada. Wasn't the closing ceremony moving. They did a great job inRussia this year. It's nice to see the world coming together with peace and no politics.

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    1. Right on, Peggy! The Olympics give me hope! I hope that you are having a great week. I'm behind in everything ~ Again! Take care!

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  13. We too were glued to TV for most of the past two weeks!My favourite is curling and Canada did not disappoint one bit! The Chinese men's team curled very well too.
    As for hockey and even though 'Sid' is from the nearest community to us, I am not a hockey fan and do question the presence of professional hockey players in the Olympics. However I do like to watch a good game and the better game for me was Canada and the USA a few days before the gold medal game.
    Oh yes, the new skiing event, Half pike and the extreme events were great to watch......I couldn't believe that they were skating BACKWARDS!!
    It is quiet around here now without the games.
    Have a great week Louise.

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    1. Hi Jim! I can't believe how popular curling is becoming! I mean CNBC preempted their regular programing from 4-7 p.m. every day for men's and women's curling. Canceling Jim Cramer and Larry Kudlow! Wow! I do like the hockey games, and I got up at 4:45 a.m. to watch the men's gold medal game ~ and the day before for the USA/Canada game. It was interesting because our NHL Avalanche hockey team had a player on each of the Russian, Swedish, American, and Canadian teams. I'm not sure about how I feel about the fact that they are professional players. I do find it exciting, and I'm a little ticked-off at the NHL owners for wanting to skip the Olympics in the future because they interfere with the NHL owners' business. The players seem to really enjoy representing their countries (of heritage), and I think it promotes the sport ~ so I'm torn. And I love the snowboard and skiing events ~ well I love it all! Skiing and snowboarding backwards is insane ~ but fascinating. It's a good thing that the games ended though, because I've been stacked up with all kinds of things. I need some serious slowdown time! I hope that you have been enjoying a great week, Jim! Hi to you all!

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  14. My grandpa is Canadian, eh. I'm not going to fight you on this one, but I do lean American. What can I say? Gramps left the cold for a reason. ;)

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  15. LOL!!~!!! I keep trying to get back to the cold! My husband wants to go tropical! We all have to root for the group our heart tells us to. Have a happy evening!

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