To be honest have mixed emotions regarding the Olympics. I see eye to eye with protesters when I hear them voice concerns about the exorbitant expenditures on what essentially boils down to a sporting event for the elite few while others suffer lacking life's basic necessities. But I absolutely love my country and because as Canadians we tend to be less than pompous regarding our national pride I can't help but feel aglow when I see Canadians shine!
Canada is one of the most amazing countries in the world! We have a magnificent country in land mass, natural resources, and natural beauty! As Canadian Rick Mercer put it last week B.C. is a "sexy" province that will make foreign visitors drool! More than all of this we have an understated nationalism and a strong sense of social responsibility. Perhaps the Olympics is not the perfect venue for showing this to the world but it certainly does just that and for this I see the benefits of such a costly event!
Last night for the first time in history a Canadian won an Olympic Gold medal on home soil! We had chances in Montreal and Calgary but finally in Vancouver we've struck gold! First but hopefully not the last, congratulations and félicitations Alex Bilodeau--Canadian Men's Moguls Skier! Congratulations silver medalist Jennifer Heil, and Bronze medalist Kristina Groves! It is wonderful to see Canadian excellence and Canadian pride!