For being such good hosts.
For your unfailing courtesy.
For your (mostly) beautiful weather.
For scheduling no more than 60 percent of your float plane departures at the exact moment when I was trying to say something on television.
For not seeming to mind the occasional (or constant) good-natured mimicry of your accents.
For your unique TV commercials -- for companies like Tim Hortons -- which made us laugh and cry.
For securing this massive event without choking security, and without publicly displaying a single automatic weapon.
For having the best garment design and logo-wear of the games -- you've made wearing your name a cool thing to do.
For the sportsmanship we saw most of your athletes display.
For not honking your horns. I didn't hear one car horn in 15 days -- which also means none of my fellow New Yorkers rented cars while visiting.
For making us aware of how many of you have been watching NBC all these years.
For having the good taste to have an anchorman named Brian Williams on your CTV network, who turns out to be such a nice guy.
For the body scans at the airport which make pat-downs and cavity searches unnecessary.
For designing those really cool LED Olympic rings in the harbor, which turned to gold when your athletes won one.
For always saying nice things about the United States...when you know we're listening.
For sharing Joannie Rochette with us.
For reminding some of us we used to be a more civil society.
Mostly, for welcoming the world with such ease and making lasting friends with all of us.
thank you, vancouver, for being an awesome host city! you made canada even prouder! EEEEHHHHHH!!!!!! to my fellow canadians, you guys rock! if i could, i'd buy each of you an extra large double-double and shower you with maple syrup. for serious!
we may have not owned the podium (coz rona built them. hence, rona owns them) but we sure did took home the most gold medals. and yeah it's a record too. 14 gold medals...BOOYAH!
i carry each of our wonderful athletes in my heart with so much pride and joy. from alex bilodeau's gold (which happens to be canada's first ever gold medal in home soil) to sidney crosby's epic gold winning shot in hockey...awesomeness!
joannie rochette's lost and olympic victory was every canadian's battle. we all fought with joannie and we won.
the sportsmanship that every athlete showed was really commendable. ever heard of sara renner's 2006 winter olympics story? here, read...
Norwegian coach Bjørnar Håkensmoen gave Sara Renner a ski pole after hers was broken when a competitor stepped on it during the cross country team sprint at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Norway's athlete ended up fourth, implying that this selfless act of sportsmanship may well have cost the Norwegian team a medal. Renner gave Håkensmoen a bottle of wine as a thank you, while other Canadians responded with phone calls and letters to the Norwegian Embassy. Canadian businessman Michael Page donated 8,000 cans of Maple Syrup to the Norwegian Olympic Committee to show his gratitude. The incident was immortalized in a 2010 Winter Olympics television commercial.
canada sure does have more square feet of awesomeness per person than any other nation on earth. the true north, strong, and free - that is canada.
so where were you during all these polite olympic cramazingness?
**to my dear philippines, please don't be jealous. you are still my home. canada is my home away from home. it is taking good care of your daughter. worry, you must not.