Archive for February, 2010

This Is Our ’72

February 28, 2010

The 2010 Winter Olympics are drawing to a close, and many of us Canadians have been fixated on it. I am an Olympics junkie so I have watched virtually every event, but there is a significant current underneath these games.  In Canada, virtually everyone has embraced the Olympics.  A country that has mostly been known for it’s beautiful scenery and polite people has unleashed a powerful patriotism.  Some have argued that these games have been bigger in Canada than Expo ’67 or the Summit Series of 1972.  I can’t say if that’s true, but I can say that for the generation born after those events the Olympic games will be that meaningful for us.  It has been a country changing event.  Despite early trepidation, anxiety, and disaster, the Games have become a touchstone moment for the entire country.