Canada is golden!

I’ll freely admit I haven’t been a very good sports fanatic this olympics. I was all over it in 2010, to the probable irritation of 5 of the 6 that read the thing. But largely, I was all over the fact it was in Vancouver, and I actually had the time, the energy, and the motivation to watch. Or, at least to keep up with the things I couldn’t watch. This year, not so much. But I’ll be damned if I was going to miss a gold metal hockey game. So, bright and early on a day when just about anyone–okay, including me–would consider getting up before 9 when you don’t have to an act of borderline insanity, I was at the computer, headphones on, and my twitter feed in full on hockey mode. And for a change, I could cheer for the same team as most of the people on my twitter feed. And we owned the hell out of it, to the tune of 3 nothing. We are winter indeed, Canada. Best early Sunday morning I’ve had in a while. If this does turn out to be the last olympics the NHL participates in, it was well worth it.

PS: On the topic of the NHL, sorry boys. I’m still not a habs fan. But, you know, if Toronto ever gets around to signing Sid the kid…

Canada 3, USA 2–our boys are golden!

Don Cherry said victory was in the bag. Mike called it. I had a sneaking feeling. And on Sunday afternoon, we owned it. It took overtime, but Canada pulled off what we couldn’t even come close to 4 years ago. Ladies and gentlefolks, Canada has done exactly what we were supposed to do–own the podium. I said it before, and I’ll say it again. Suck it, USA. We win.

Still more gold, this one in team pursuit.

Canada did it again, on Saturday. Speedskating team pursuit, courtesy of Mathieu Giroux, Lucas Makowsky and Denny Morrison this time. And, this time, I think we walked out of these olympics with a record amount of gold. Someone feel up to correcting me on that?

A Canadian sandwitch in speed skating.

Charles Hamelin walked away Friday night with yet another Canadian gold. A bronze went to Francois-Louis Tremblay followed him with a bronze. Both in 500-meter speed skating. Apparently, Friday was the day of metal if you’re a Canadian. Yes, I know, I’m 5 days behind. Oh well.

Canada goes silver in womens’ curling.

We have a second place finisher. Yeah, I’m a little behind–technical issues abound. Still. On Friday, Sweden knocked off Canada for the gold, but we walked out of that arena in second place. Not bad for a sport I didn’t think anyone still watched. Now, to finish catching up on my olympics blogging.

Joannie goes shopping for bronze.

And manages to come up with exactly that in figure skating, the first such metal since 88. It’s also Canada’s 17th metal of these olympics. For Joannie Rochette, though, it’s probably a hell of a lot more. Her mother died of a heart attack while in Vancouver to watch this very performance. I’ll bet my monthly below minimum wage income she wasn’t even thinking olympics when she pulled it off. I wouldn’t be.

Canada 2, USA 0 – Our girls are golden!

Canada’s women’s hockey team just nailed us our 8th gold metal of these 2010 olympics, and it came in awesome fashion against the US–something hopefully our men’s team can duplicate when it comes their time. That’s the most gold metals Canada’s received in olympic history, topping our total in 2006. That’s also Canada’s 16th metal overall. No, it wasn’t a blowout–but I’ll take it!

And because we can, a Canadian 1 2 punch. In bobsled.

Rocking the gold, Heather Moyse and Kaillie Humphries nailed their run on a track many not from Canada were actually afraid of, if you read the news. Not to be left out of the standings, Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown squeezed in behind them for silver. Canada walks away with 15 metals, and 7 gold as a result. Own that, VANOC.

Have another silver, Canada. I knew you’d like it.

The short track relay is apparently our girls’ thing. They pulled off Canada’s 13th metal accomplishment, this one in silver. Tania Vicent, Kalyna Roberge, Marianne St-Gelais and Jessica Gregg should all be soundly congratulated. Hell, congratulate Marianne twice–it’s her second metal of the games, after all.

Ashleigh Mcivor goes gold.

It happened yesterday in ski cross, and gave Canada its 11th metal. It also gave me an excuse to keep catching up on my various sources of information after my internet difficulties–posting on that comes later. Thanks, Ashleigh.

Oh, yeah, and also. Team Canada is leading. No, wait, scratch that–owning. Maybe not the olympics, but definitely Russia. Go Canada Go!

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir strike gold.

I didn’t even know ice dancing was an olympic sport, nevermind that we had people competing in it. But, it is, and we did. And they’re now gold metallists in the sport. We’ve hit double digits as far as metals go. Now if we could just politely ask the US to stop winning.

Burke flips off olympics critics. I salute you, Brian.

It was going to happen eventually. someone was bound to speak up and put all this fake criticism of the olympics to bed. And wouldn’t you know, it’s the Leafs’ own GM.

“I think that’s bullshit,” Burke said Saturday. “I’ve been to four Winter Olympics. This is the best one I’ve been to in terms of organization. You’re going to have glitches in an event this size. With this many people, logistical things with multiple venues, you’re going to have glitches. I don’t know why people are whining about it.

“I think it’s been extraordinarily well run — again, this is my fourth one so it’s not like I’m a novice. I think they’ve done a marvellous job here. I wish people would quit bitching about it.”

About goddamn time someone said it. Brian, I salute you. No one’s forcing these folks to stick around if they don’t like what they see. And if they’re going to complain about it, this particular Canadian would rather they didn’t.

Days of gold, part 2: Jon Montgomery.

Jon Montgomery took gold in the men’s skeleton last night. That brings Canada’s metal total to a somewhat respectable, sort of, fourth-place 8 including 4 gold. Wondering just what in the hell “skeleton” is, and why it would be in Canada’s winter olympics? I was, too.

And on day 3, Canada is golden!

Alexandre Bilodeau walks away from the mens’ moguls course with a gold metal, making him the first in Canadian history to ever win gold on home soil. Now can we please get that out of the headlines? That’d be awesome.

And one bronze makes two.

Kristina Groves blew her way to a bronze in the 3000 meter speed skating run. Not even her specialty, and she managed the top 3. I believe they said her specialty was the 5000? I’m halfway tempted to watch that just to see if that’s finally our ticket to gold.

Update: I stand corrected–her specialty is the 1500. That just makes it that much more awesome. She will, though, I believe, be competing in the 5000 anyway.