An exhausted John Furlong said Sunday he is happy the arduous road to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Paralympics is virtually over. Looking wan and tired, and occasionally downcast, Furlong told reporters at a closing press conference his energetic "blue jackets" — the volunteer backbone of two remarkable Games — may wish for another week of fun, but he certainly doesn't.
Figure skater Joannie Rochette, who captured the hearts of the nation for her bronze-medal performance in the grief-stricken days following the death of her mother, carried the Canadian flag into the closing ceremonies Sunday night.
The Own the Podium program was maligned early in the 2010 Winter Games when Canada’s medal total failed to meet expectations, but the gold rush over the final few days of the game have helped polish its image.
Inge Braten today said it was the most difficult decision he's had to make in 44 years of coaching when he told legally blind skier Brian McKeever that he won't race in Sunday's 50K mass start, the final event of the Olympic cross-country competition at Whistler Olympic Park.
Most of the talk regarding Canada's flag bearer in Sunday's 2010 Olympic Closing Ceremonies has been about figure skater Joannie Rochette, speed skater Clara Hughes or Alexandre Bilodeau, the freestyle skier who won Canada's first ever Olympic home soil gold medal on Sunday, Feb. 14.
Fresh off gold and bronze medal wins in the the 500-metre short track race, Charles Hamelin and Francois-Louis Tremblay were sent to race again with Canadian teammates Francoise Hamelin and Olivier Jean in the men's 5,000-metre short track relay.
The 2010 Olympic host city of Vancouver, which has become the source of criticism in the international media over a string of controversies, could look like a church picnic compared to what might be in store for the world in 2014, according to an analyst with a prominent think-tank.