2010 Winter Olympics Video Blog #21: Canada vs. USA Men’s Hockey Final, Team Canada Haikus

In my 2010 Olympic Winter Games Video Blog for February 27:

-It was Canada’s best day ever in the history of the OIympics (both summer and winter), as we won 3 gold medals: Kevin Martin led his team to a gold medal in men’s curling over Team Norway (funky pants and all), snowboarder Jasey-Jay Anderson won gold in parallel giant slalom, and the long-track speed skating team of Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux won gold in the team pursuit event. As well, our Canada 1 men’s bobsleigh team won a bronze medal.
-The 4 medals pushed Canada’s total to 25 medals: 13 gold, 7 silver, and 5 bronze.
-The 13 gold medals ties the record for most gold medals at the Winter Olympics, and the 13 gold medals sets a record for most gold medals won by a host country.
-As we look ahead to the massive gold medal match between Canada and the USA in men’s hockey, I pull out all of the stops for the video blog: I bring in Sean, Jacob, and Kayla, and we together reach into our bag of trips to pull out the often imitated yet never duplicated Hockey Haikus!
-I start off the video with a bit of the Ultimate Canucks Haiku video from 3 years ago. It has close to 28,000 hits on youtube and helped us win the Ultimate Canucks Family award in the Ultimate Canucks Fan Competition in 2007. See the whole video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5SDFF0sp_Q

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2010 Winter Olympics Video Blog #20: Happy Hi-Fiving, Super Speed Skating, and Canada vs Slovakia

In my 2nd 2010 Olympic Winter Games Video Blog for February 26:

-I acknowledge another great day for Canada: we won 4 medals! Cheryl Bernard and her team won a silver medal in women’s curling, Charles Hamelin and teammate Francois Louis-Tremblay won gold and bronze respectively in the 500m men’s short track peed skating final, and the team including Charles Hamelin, Francois Hamelin, Oliver Jean, Francois Louis-Tremblay (and alternate Guillaume Bastille) won a gold medal in the 5,000m men’s short track speed skating relay.
-witness some happy hi-fiving as we took the streets to announce Canada’s awesome day. Most people obliged, a few rejected me, and I even got to take a picture with some nice females.
-see footage of a neat drumline from Sardis High School in Chilliwack
-I do a quick mention of Canada beating Slovakia 3-2 to earn another date with the USA, this time for the gold medal

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2010 Winter Olympics Video Blog #19: Canadian Women Win Hockey Gold, Clay vs. Oddwalk

In my 2010 Olympic Winter Games Video Blog for February 26:

-I acknowledge another great day for Canada: our womens hockey team beat the USA 2-0 to capture gold, and Joannie Rochette won a bronze medal in figure skating
-I attend the Victory Ceremony at BC Place and see silver medals presented to our short-track speed skating relay team (Kalyna Roberge, Tania Vicent, Marianne St.-Gelais and Jessica Gregg), and gold medals for Kallie Humphries and Heather Moyse and silver medals for Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown in women’s bobsleigh
-I further detail my latest youth ministry wager with Shannon and Orin of Oddwalk Ministries. It started with the Canada vs. USA Women’s Hockey gold medal game and now has extended to the mens side

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2010 Winter Olympics Video Blog #18: Canada vs. Russia, INXS, and another Youth Ministry Wager

 

In my 2010 Olympic Winter Games Video Blog for February 24:

-I acknowledge Canada’s best day of the Olympics yet, as “Wonderful Women’s Wednesday” saw us secure 4 medals: gold (Kallie Humphries and Heather Moyse) and silver (Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown) in women’s bobsleigh, we won a silver medal in the short track speed skating relay (Kalyna Roberge, Tania Vicent, Marianne St.-Gelais and Jessica Gregg), and flag-bearer Clara Hughes won a bronze medal in long-track speed skating
-we attend the Victory Ceremony at BC Place on Ontario night, and see Clara Hughes received her bronze medal, as well as a concert by INXS
-I look ahead to Canada vs. Slovakia after Canada dismantled the Russians 7 – 3
-I lay out my latest youth ministry wager with Shannon and Orin of Oddwalk Ministries, this time on the Canada vs. USA Women’s Hockey gold medal game.

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Winter Olympics Special Delivery: Surprise Flowers from my American Friends (Canada vs. USA)

I received a bouquet of flowers today in a nice surprise.

After I surmised that they weren’t from my lovely wife Gail, I discovered that they were from Anne Marie and Gene from the east coast of the good old USA, expressing sympathy at Canada’s loss to the Americans.

I appreciate their thoughtfulness as we try and cope with this tragedy.

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