The past 17 days seem to have passed so quickly. Now it’s back to a normal schedule without the Olympic games to add that extra bit of daily excitement. The games were remarkable thanks to the approximately 2,600 athletes from 82 nations which participated in 86 events in fifteen disciplines. Spectacular.
For the first time on home soil, we not only won gold, but we won gold a record number of times. With 14 gold medals, Canada broke the record for the most gold medals won at a single Winter Olympics, which was 13 won by the former Soviet Union in 1976 and Norway in 2002.
We won the most medals we have ever done, 26, two more than we won in 2006 at Torino and nine more than at Salt lake City. This placed us third overall in total medals, we have never finished higher.
There were individual disappointments along the way, but overall it was a grand affair. And how about those hockey teams—champions both. No winter games can be truly successful without a Team Canada gold medal, eh? Not altogether fair to the other athletes, but probably true nevertheless. Sidney Crosby will now stand as an icon of hockey on the level of Paul Henderson after his 1972 heroics.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not officially recognize a winner of the Olympic Games and does not officially rank participating countries. It does, however, publish medal tables for “informational purposes.” The IOC table ranks countries by the number of gold medals they earn. In the event of a tie in the number of gold medals, the number of silver medals is taken into consideration, and then the number of bronze medals.
Canada is therefore the unofficial winner of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
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