Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Olympics are awesome! We are only 7 days in and already I've laughed and I've cried. I've been on the edge of my seat and I've bitten my nails. I've been heartbroken and I've celebrated! I've been more proud than ever to be Canadian...and I've been proud to be American too!
I can't explain, why this year, more than any other, I have caught Olympic Fever, but I have. Spending the last three days in Vancouver only fueled my fascination! Being, there in the middle of the action was absolutely incredible! The excitement, the positive, happy energy is contagious and I love being swept up in it! I love wearing my "Canada" clothing and I love that 80% of the other people filling the streets in downtown Vancouver are wearing the same thing! I love that fans of all shapes and sizes are carrying flags, painting their faces and hollering "go Canada go" whenever a Canadian is competing. I love that as soon as an athlete is announced as being from Canada we all root for them even if we've never heard of them before. I love that when they win we celebrate with them as though we've been best friends for years and when they don't, we take on their heartbreak like it is our own. I love that the Olympics bring that out in us!! I love it!! I am having a blast being an Olympic super fan, I can't imagine what it would be like to be an Olympic athlete!
My cousin knows exactly what it's like. She got to compete in the Olympics, the summer games twice for the USA as a pentathlete!
I don't think I quite appreciated, back then what a BIG, BIG deal it was for her to compete, but now I do and I soooo admire her! What an honour, she had, being an athlete, competing for her country!!!!
Being in Vancouver as a fan was inspiring and motivating! I only wish I was younger as it is gonna be tough training to be a World Class Snowboard Cross competitor at my age...JK....or am I??????? He he!!


Nicole said...

love your spirit superfan!

sschoenhard said...

Hey Jeanne! I agree, loving the Olympics down here and totally jealous of you and Marty getting to go. Just finished watching the US vs Canada hockey game and a part of me was going for Canada just to see the home crowd go crazy.