I also highly enjoyed watching these 21st Winter Olympics. I must confess I have never paid too much attention to them before this one. But it just worked out with my schedule lately that I was able to watch an awful lot of it, and boy did I ever enjoy watching these Olympics! I'm actually a bit sad it's over.
A sincere, heartfelt thank you goes out to all the athletes who competed, from all countries, and gave us very many memorable victories, spills, thrills and efforts. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Me being from the U.S.A. I am certainly very proud of our athletes accomplishments in this Olympics. I believe it was said to be our best showing in the Winter Olympics ever, taking home the most medals overall
[vancouver2010.com] (we did better than anyone else at coming in 2nd and 3rd, this time around... lol!). And hooray for Canada too, our friendly neighbors to the north, with achieving the most Gold medals, and taking home the bronze in the 'most medals' competition. And of course Germany with an outstanding showing, taking silver in the 'most medals' competition.
Yeah, I would have liked it if we (U.S.A.) would have won the men's hockey gold, but hey, when it comes right down to it, Canada capping off the last event of their home Olympics by winning hockey gold in a thrilling nail biter of a sudden-death overtime game.... well it just doesn't get any better than that. Just a perfect ending for them, congrats. Priceless.
A few favorite moments of mine:
Shaun White. Need I say more? (I will..) Seeing him take the Gold in the Halfpipe was absolutely incredible. Though his other competitors are certainly very highly talented, not one of them can quite hold a candle to him. The things he can do and the way he does them... no one comes close. Having the gold already totally wrapped up after his first run, the guy is clearly all about the moment, the trick, hammering out McSwirly thing-a-ma-jigs in the air. He did not have to take his second run, nor did he have to perform at an even higher level than his first run. But he DID, and omg it was astonishing. The epitomy of sport for the pure love of sport, that's what that was in it's rawest form. Impressive as heck.
Lindsey Vonn winning the Gold in the downhill and then collapsing in joy. Just perfect.
Julia Mancuso's fantastic performances for her 2 silver medals.
All the speed skating, I really love watching that. Especially the short track speed skating. That's just as thrilling as can be. It's like sharks on ice skates trying to eat each other at 35mph around a tight icy oval. Many memorable moments there. The U.S.A. skaters had a fine showing, and I enjoyed immensely watching Apolo Ohno and all the others. The Canadians too, as well as the highly impressive Korean skaters. Boy are they strong on the short track.
Too many moments... I could go on and on..
Yeah, it was great having Neil Young in the closing ceremony to do his song 'Long May You Run'. Ranks right up there, as far as finale's go, with his appearance on Conan's final show, doing 'Long May You Run', and then Conan closing out with Will Ferrell doing 'Freebird'. Now that was awesome.
Olympic Athletes, long may you run!