As we enter the home stretch of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, it’s kind of sad to think it’ll all be over for another four years.
Since the Olympics kicked off Feb. 7 we have watched many great Olympic moments and we’ve seen Canadians take centre stage multiple times, but not just for medals.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Canadian cross-country team coach Justin Wadsworth helped out rival Russian skier Anton Gafarov, who crashed and broke a ski during a semifinal heat in the men’s cross-country sprint.
Before the crowds and cameras, Wadsworth ran onto the course with a spare ski in hand and quickly fastened it to Gafarov’s boot, who was able to finish the race thanks to the gesture.
The good nature of Canadians was on display again when Canadian speedskater Gilmore Junio gave up his own place in the men’s 1,000-metre race to teammate Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, who went on to take home a silver medal.
Junio said Morrison was our best hope for a medal, while Morrison has said Junio should carry the Canadian flag at the closing ceremonies.
And who will ever forget backup netminder Kristers Gudlevskis on the Latvia men’s hockey team, who collapsed from exhaustion but turned away 55 of 57 shots fired on him from Team Canada Wednesday.
Just yesterday, Canada’s medal ranking was significantly boosted by Jennifer Jones and her team, who got us all hooked on curling and took home gold, as did the Canadian women’s hockey team, in a thrilling matchup against Team USA.
Now we are all waiting to cheer on Anahim Lake’s Carey Price as he leads Team Canada into the semifinals today and hopefully into a gold medal matchup Sunday.