Our love for our country runs deep. We, as a nation, bleed red and white and this morning I felt the vibration of a country celebrating in unity as the Canadian Men’s Hockey team took Olympic Gold. The West coast rose at 3:30 am (or stayed up) to watch the puck drop at 4:00 am PST and the wave of Canadian spirit undulated across the nation.
During these winter games we battled and we fell. We picked ourselves up and congratulated those who bested us. We honored those who carved the way for new Olympic challenges. We watched the families and friends of our Olympians cheer on our Canadian athletes in Sochi while we cheered from home.
We did not just celebrate our victories. We celebrated our efforts in every sport and paid tribute to those willing to represent the best our country has to offer. We felt the pain of those who came up short of their goals but we also felt their Canadian pride in their attempt to be the best.
We battled with the world, we won with pride and we lost with dignity and grace. We leave Sochi with the same sense of self and the same Canadian values we had when we arrived.
An entire country will go to bed tonight proud of our Canadian athletes, their coaches and their support staff. We will appreciate the thankless hours parents spend teaching these children to learn from defeat, to lose and to win graciously and keep striving to be the best they can be.
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