Your daily Olympic wrap-up.
Notable Canadian performance: Adam van Koeverden. He waved that flag real good.
Notable international performance: Those crazy dudes that did the thing symbolizing the printing press. The drummers were cool too. Oh, and the fireworks. Great fireworks.
The Maple Leaf Gold: Let’s go sappy...all the Canuck athletes. There are 16-days to be cynical.
Maple Leaf silver: The four members of the field hockey team that wore turbans as a subtle protest/celebration about the lack of freedom of religion in China and the freedoms Canada provides. I really like the Canadian field hockey guys. They’re Olympians in all the good ways. Hopefully they can get a result in the tournament.
Maple Leaf bronze: Alex Despatie. He gave a classy interview outside the village early in the Ceeb’s broadcast. Despatie seems to have really evolved into his role of veteran leader among Canadian athletes. Early on in his career he didn’t seem like the leader type, so the evolution is refreshing. If he medals he would be a great choice to carry the flag at the closing ceremony.
Maple Leaf tin medal: The CBC – for cutting to commercial several times during the march of nations. As regular reader Krister pointed out in the comments section below, Canada is a multicultural society. There are a lot of ex-pats that want to see both Canada and the country of their origin come into the stadium.
Honourary Canadian award: Li Ning – He’s now part of a very select group of people that have competed in an Olympics and have lit the Olympic flame (none are Canadian, because we in Canada like to get all cutsie with our flame lighting. (DON’T GET ANY IDEAS VANCOUVER ORGANIZERS – MAKE IT AN ATHLETE. SYMBOLISM HAS BEEN DONE. TO DEATH.)
Canadian highlights for day 1: The women’s soccer team takes on China at 7:45 a.m. EDT Saturday. Chances of a Canadian medal on day 1 are slim.
International highlight for day 1: Swimming gets going with Michael Phelps qualifying in the 400m IM at 6:33 a.m.