Vancouver Olympics end

The 2010 Winter Olympics came to a close Sunday night, 16 days after they began in the shadow of death, with an affirmation of life... More Below... Posted by on Feb 28th, 2010 and filed under 2010 Olympics.

The 2010 Winter Olympics came to a close Sunday night, 16 days after they began in the shadow of death, with an affirmation of life and a nightlong celebration on Vancouver’s streets of the game that Canada holds most dear to its heart.

Beating the United States 3-2 in overtime, Team Canada won the final gold medal of the Games in men’s hockey. The Olympic flame was extinguished a few hours later at BC Place, site of the Closing Ceremony, and at the permanent glass-and-steel Olympic cauldron on Vancouver’s waterfront, as Neil Young, Canada’s greatest rocker, sang Long May You Run.

The hockey win brought the nation to its feet, and a mere allusion to it by Vancouver Organizing Committee Chairman John Furlong brought the biggest roar of the Closing Ceremony.

The first of Canada’s record 14 gold medals, won by moguls skier Alexandre Bilodeau on the second day of the Olympics, “gave us all permission to feel like and behave like champions. Our last one (by the hockey team) will be remembered for generations,” Furlong said.

(article and photo source: The Houston Chronicle)