Okay, we’re catching up with the written match reports. Only the Gold Medal Game remains to be done. The ‘pictoral match reports’, an in-tournament adjustment made by the technical directorship here, are moving along as well. The semifinal displays for Finland-United States and Canada-Slovakia are officially finished and on offer for all to enjoy.
We started in on the visual aids for the Bronze Medal Match and we have collected a bazillion photos to go back and place in ALL the match reports for the entire Vancouver tournament. Some matches are already done but many are not. Perhaps we should post a chart for convienence.
In the meantime, as we continue to catch up here, we will try a little cultural exchange stuff for a fun change of pace :
Anybody who knows even the slightest thing about the sport of ice hockey understands that, with all due respect the rest of the world, there are not a people on this Earth more collectively passionate about the game than the inhabitants of Canada.
So, if only for me, it is interesting to see what the Canadians themselves were up to over the course of the Olympic tournament.
This blogger, “Toronto Girl Out West” from the site
actually linked here first.
A big part of what makes this particular blog interesting is that hers is not a hockey blog per se as is this place here. Then again, therein lies the beauty.
The author has some very interesting articles about her Olympic experiences in Vancouver. Included in the “Road To The Gold” piece is a bit of insight as to how regular, everyday citizens in Canada secured a ticket to the Olympic semifinals of the men’s ice hockey tournament. Also on offer are some photos from the Finland-United States match as well as a recap of some other activities enjoyed that day in Vancouver which included the watching of the Canada-Slovakia semifinal at a public venue. (more photos and youtube footage included)
“It’s Gold! It’s Gold! It’s Gold!” is a wonderful essay which exemplifies the boundless pride and joy the game of ice hockey brings to the Canadian people.
My brother and I, the two yo-yos who produce this site, would have preferred our home nation, the United States, to have won the Olympic finals. My brother, who lives just outside San Francisco, was genuinely disappointed when Crosby scored in overtime. For me in southeastern Pennsylvania, I was just glad the game turned out to be an excellent one; I had gotten nervous after Canada had gone up by two.
Personally, I like to pull for the underdog Germans first and foremost.
In many respects, I am very glad for the Canadians. It is beyond an accurate statement to say the gold medal for ice hockey means more to the average Canadian than it would for the average American. The comments at the Toronto Girl’s place provide a priceless portal to the very heart of Canada itself, if only for me.
Everyone else can decide for themselves.