Sidney Crosby Olympics OT Golden Goal Video from Five Broadcasts

There were so many great moments during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Yet, there was hardly any footage to be found on YouTube. YouTube had pretty much succumbed to Olympics pressure and I, for one, blogging a lot about those moments, was very disappointed not to be able to show clips with my blog posts.

A bit ironic, don’t you think? An organization that has a generation named after it deliberately blocking out some defining moments lived by that generation! We had a defining cultural moment here in Canada with Sidney Crosby’s Golden Goal, and YouTube wouldn’t let it be put online. Canada could have crushed Susan Boyle’s Britain Got Talent audition video in days if YouTube only had that Sidney Crosby golden goal video online… the way our players crushed American hearts. Call it a 100 million hits lost opportunity as I’m sure we Canadians would have watched it 4 times over within a week, easily, to get that total.

However, the screws are loosening. See the video below added much later than this post date. It is a compilation from five broadcasts for five times the glory! Nice stuff!

I love it!

Do You Think Canada’s 3-2 Overtime Win for Men’s Hockey Olympic Gold on Home Ice Was the Best Hockey Game for Canada Ever?

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I don’t need to blog about Canada’s 3-2 overtime win over the United States for Gold in Men’s Ice Hockey at the 2010 Olympics. Everybody is pretty much writing about it.

What I want to know is if you think this were the best hockey game ever for this country?

It had excitement with all the exciting plays, including two posts by Canada in regulation time.

It had anxiety with the Americans scoring in the final minute to tie it and send it into overtime.

It was back and forth with the rushes and scoring.

It was great to watch with the quality play, hits and saves.

It was epic with everything on the line, and avenged a loss a week ago that just deflated our country. The rally was also phenomenal. The pressure unbelievable.

It was decided spectacularly in sudden death overtime, with my fellow 22 year old Nova Scotian sensation Sidney Crosby coming through like you knew he would. Eight periods of no scoring but he came through when it most counted with the literal Golden Goal in sudden death overtime. There was nobody more suited or symbolic to score that goal! (See CTV video of Sidney’s winning goal)

YEAH!!!

That’s what legends are made of!!!

Step aside, Paul Henderson!!!

Finally, it was on home soil, and best of all, there was arguably the ultimate prize at stake in the Olympic Gold Medal against an arch enemy.

I never saw the 1972 Summit Series, but there was no medal at stake, although a cultural moment. However, in today’s media frenzy environment, losing this game would have never gone away with YouTube and blogs leaving so much content we Canadians would never be able to avoid.

The 1987 Canada Cup with Gretzky and Lemieux was definitely spectacular, being the only tournament at the time which really featured professional players against professional players. However, as representative as those events were at the time, they weren’t the Olympics. It kept the focus all on hockey, sure, but there’s something special about the Olympics and the whole nation going for every sport. Don’t forget, Canada has the most gold medals in any single Olympics game now with that 14th gold medal from men’s ice hockey.

We did beat the US in 2002 for Olympic Gold on their ice to win our first hockey gold in 50 years, of course, but that was their home ice. It was also not nearly as close in a 5-2 victory, and no sudden death. As sweet as that was, though, given the wait and location, I think it’s different on our home ice, in front of our fans. We get to celebrate our own on home ice and we get to sing our national anthem afterward as a nation united.

All in all, every past historic victory lacked something this one did. It wasn’t a big thing in each case, but I never said this was the best win ever by a long shot. Just the biggest win in the legendary history of ice hockey in this nation.

But do you agree? I’d love it if you took a moment to cast a vote below or leave a comment. Thank you.

Congrats to the US for having a great tournament, especially goalie Ryan Miller. Thanks to Jarome Iginla for the hard work on the boards to get the feed to Sidney.

Meanwhile, LET THE PARTY BEGIN!!!

See CTV’s video for the gold medal presentation to team Canada.

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Does US Ice Dance Skater Meryl Davis Look Like the Na’vi from Avatar?

Is it me, or every time that I see US ice dance skater Meryl Davis, I think that the Avatar animators stole her looks for the Na’vi creatures in the movie?

Na'vi Neyteri at centre, Meryl Davis to either side (click to enlarge)

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Sure looks like a little nose job, war paint and dreadlocks could have made Meryl the sister of Neyteri! The TV pictures are even better, and I wish Neyteri would have smiled for a picture or two! But maybe if Meryl had shown up in the crazy blue jump suits worn by Ukrainian pairs skaters Tatiana Volosozhar and Stanislav Morozov at these same Olympics, it might have convinced you!

Tatiana Volosozhar and Stanislav Morozov in blue jump suits costumes worn at the 2010 Olympics

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Hey, isn’t there a gala show or something after the competition is over? Meryl should maybe come out in that get up and a little blue face paint! She and skating partner Charlie White could do an Avatar epic!

Or maybe do one for the World Championship in Turin next month? Probably too soon but certainly not for next winter! I think they’d have the crowd behind them!

But listen, Meryl, Avatar made a ton of money! There’s no reason a little of it couldn’t be yours! I think you’ve got a great case they stole your beauty for those creatures in that mega-hit movie!

Maybe even better, ask for a starring role in the sequel! When the avatar comes out into the real world!

And takes up ice dancing! No, just kidding! ๐Ÿ™‚

p.s.
Congrats on the silver medal at the ice dance in the Olympics, Meryl and Charlie.
Fantastic show, but Virtue & Moir were just a tad better.
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Blown the Podium Campaign Introduced by Canadian Olympic Committee

Monday, Feb 22 2009

The new BLOWN the Podium Logo

With seven days of Olympics competition remaining, the Canadian Olympic Committee has introduced the Blown the Podium campaign after conceding Canada will not achieve its Own the Podium campaign goal of finishing first overall in the medal count.

COC CEO Chris Rudge said “we are going to be short of our goal” at the team’s daily news briefing.

Canada entered Monday with9 medals (4G-4S-1B), tied for fourth with South Korea. It is far behind the United States at 24. Germany was second with 17, followed by Norway with 12. Canada is even behind its pace in Turin 4 years ago when it had 13 medals at this point in the games. Canada finished with 24 medals then, third overall and its best winter Olympics showing ever.

Considering the US has 24 medals now, and it is uncatchable, Canada is not going to even reach its Turin performance!

So much for the ambitious Own the Podium campaign introduced 5 years ago.

Introduced on a “feeling” that the Canadian team needed to aim high and capture the imagination of the Canadian public, Canada showed a great start with the best winter Olympics showing in 2006 just a year after the campaign started. This was with the men’s hockey debacle. However, whatever projection data the COC had in hand prior to this Olympics, it wasn’t accurate. Its star athletes have hardly stepped up so far, while a few it overlooked for sponsorship and media attention stepped up big time.

Regardless, this program which saw $117 million invested in athletes, $66 million of which was taxpayer dollars, will fail miserably in the outcome. It has even caused frustration and complaints among some. Long track speed skater Denny Morrison, who wasn’t even close in his 2 potential medals, stated his training went downhill after his rival and training partner Shani Davis was banned from training with him in Calgary due to Own the Podium restrictions (CTV, Feb 20). It was a sort of “don’t train in Canada” version of “buy Canadian”. Whether you believe Denny or not, losing a training partner that pushes you to your best can’t be good for your training. Furthermore, Shani Davis agreed. Davis met Morrison in Calgary just before Turin and made Morrison rise in the world rankings quickly.

Norwegian skier Aksel Svindal also said the program did Canadians a disservice by preventing him from training with the Canadian alpine team on the Whistler slopes, as he’d done in the past. Aksel won gold in the super G, and claimed to be faster in the middle of the course than any competitor, something he said the Canadian skiers could have benefited in training from his knowledge.

Ouch!

The Blown the Podium campaign will have the French name of Pas Nous le Podium, correctly translated or not because at this point, the COC doesn’t care much. About the campaign, of course, not about the French language. Even on such a meaningless thing, to leave the French out of it would be upset the French community who has already whined incessantly about how there wasn’t enough French in the opening ceremony! (CTV Feb 15)

I hope they complained in French because it would have been hypocritical for them to do so in English. The way I understood it, there was a greater percentage of French in the ceremonies than French Canadians of the French population, and that makes me plenty satisfied they got their fair share.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 10.6

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Jon Montgomery Wins Skeleton Olympic Gold for Canada!

Jon Montgomery

Jon Montgomery of Russell, Manitoba took home gold for Canada in the Men’s Skeleton at the Olympics in a stunning come back victory! He edged out Martin Dukurs of Latvia by a mere 7 hundredths of a second, but trailed by 51 hundredths of a second coming in. Jon’s final time was 3:29.73, the sum of his four runs, and Martin’s time was 3:29.80.

Jon was in 2nd place after 3 runs of the skeleton when he threw off a near perfect fourth run that was not matched by Martin Dukurs from Latvia on his respective fourth run. Dukurs had two tiny slips in the final Thunderbird stretch of the track and that was where Dukurs lost the first place he had coming in.

Alexander Tretyakov from Russia finished third.

Of course, what made the whole thing exciting was that the fastest skeleton-er (what do you call those guys?) went last, so it came down to the last skeletoner. That’s what I’m going to call them! Jon was second last and brought his game. Martin did, too, to be honest, but it just wasn’t good enough tonight in a great battle right to the last hundredth of a second in a thrilling finish!

By the way, that little patch of gold on Jon’s helmet barely visible in the picture, is part of the symbol of a turtle. That’s the fastest turtle the world might have ever seen!

Congratulations, Jon, and O CANADA!

A note of condolence to Melissa Hollingsworth of Canada, though, in the women’s skeleton. She was in second place after three runs like Jon, but faltered to fall to fifth overall. She was a gold medal favourite. Failing would not only have been hard for her, but it would have been harder on Canadian soil at the Olympics given what was within her reach. Now it just got harder her counterpart stepped up to win gold with the same situation after three runs of four. Take good care of yourself, Melissa. We’re still all very proud of you!

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Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.3