The Winter Olympics are over
and our neighbors to the north are
brimming with pride. After beating the U.S. hockey team in overtime,
the Canadians hauled in 14 gold medals--a record for the Winter Olympics, and more golds than the U.S. and Russia
combined. Clearly the country's athletes were not, as some asked going into the games, "too modest to win
." Canadian newspapers are exulting in their success, and taking shots at skeptics who prematurely labeled the Vancouver Olympics the "worst games ever
- Naysayers Be Damned, writes the Toronto Star editorial board:
"The critics can keep on carping. For Canadians, the Vancouver 2010
Winter Olympics will be the Golden Games, thanks to stellar
performances by athletes who did the nation proud. The 'worst Games
ever' have turned out to be a resounding success."
- A Watershed Moment, writes the Globe and Mail editorial board:
"We have no history of this kind of sweeping success. How should we
interpret it, how should we react to this hard-earned jackpot? Before
the Olympics, Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister, asked Canadians for
an 'uncharacteristic outburst of patriotism and pride' from Canadians.
Now, and not by political request, we are bringing expression to those
sentiments. Indeed, they poured forth all night, in coast-to-coast
- We Brought Our 'Eh-Game,' writes Rosie DiManno
in the Toronto Star: "Let us look at all that went right: For the first
time in Games history, indigenous people were recognized as official
Olympical partners, acknowledged as formal heads of state before a
worldwide audience at the opening. There was the unprecedented street
party that Vancouver became, the people of this city taking ownership
of the Games. Athletes loved their village, couldn't stop raving about
it. Twenty-five thousand volunteers never lost their temper. Provincial
and national pavilions were a huge draw, queues winding for blocks.
Most of all, of course, it was about the athletes and all the wow
moments of sport. Here's to you, Vancouver. Here's to us, Canada. As Neil Young sang it: 'Long May You Run.'"
- A Success, But at What Cost? asks a dissenting Montreal Gazette editorial board:
"Do we want to keep pumping money into elite sports? Several Canadian
medal-winners said this week they could not have succeeded without Own
the Podium and other special funding. In other words, we've been buying
medals. We know now that we can do that. But should we do it? Maybe the
money should be spread around to give kids across the country more
chances to ski, skate, play hockey, curl and even bobsleigh."
Want to add to this story? Let us know in comments
or send an email to the author at
jhudson at theatlantic dot com.
You can share ideas for stories on the Open Wire.