Bobsled. Snowboarding. Hockey. What do all of these have in common? They are some of the most popular events at the winter Olympics. The Olympics is an occasion when countries from all around the world gather in one place to celebrate their athletes’ abilities. This year’s Olympics were especially exciting if you were Canadian. I found myself watching the Olympics every chance I got; it made me proud to be a Canadian. It is a rare and unique occurrence to receive these extraordinary games in your home country.
When the Olympics grace a country with this amazing opportunity, every citizen can feel the enthusiasm wherever they go. Those celebrated two weeks of competition bring a country together and the excitement is tangible; whether it is for a recent win or the anticipation of an event soon to come. Every event is exhilarating, from sliding down an icy path at lightning speed to maneuvering a flip in midair on a snowboard. Almost every person in my area donned a Vancouver Olympics 2010 t-shirt, jacket, or mittens. It was a time that brought everyone in Canada together.
Although I am Canadian, I have to admit, I am not a big hockey fan. I don’t follow it during the regular seasons, but when it comes to the Olympics, I think it is one of the most exciting games ever. My family and I would all sit down together and turn on the television to watch whenever Canada was playing, cheering them on at the top of our lungs. My mother even had a cowbell, which she rang whenever something exciting (or anything) happened. I think the biggest event for Canadians would have to be when both our teams won the gold in hockey- it was all anyone could talk about at school the next day.
Another sport which I did not have an appreciation for until the Olympics was curling. I didn’t understand how it worked or how incredibly talented one had to be to be successful. The amount of skill required to slide a curling rock down the ice at the precise angle to knock the opponent’s rock out of its position is unbelievable. I am definitely looking forward to watching more curling at the next Olympics.
Now that the Olympics are over, I feel that television is lacking. The only thing I watched on TV for those two weeks were the games. I still find myself searching through the TV guide to see if there is any downhill skiing on. However, these games only happen once every four years, and until then I will have to be patient. Luckily, it is only two years until the next summer Olympics!