A festive crowd of 60,000 jammed into BC Place Stadium for the closing ceremony, many of them Canadians abuzz over the overtime victory by their men’s hockey team earlier in the day to give the host nation a Winter Olympics record of 14 gold medals.
Going into these games, Canada had never won a gold medal on home soil. But by the time Sidney Crosby’s wrist shot beat Ryan Miller in the overtime of yesterday’s glorious men’s hockey final, we’d won 14 — more than any other nation in the history of the Winter Olympics.
Run through Feb. 12-28, the Games witnessed athletes from 26 countries winning medals from the 86 events of 15 disciplines in seven sports, as around 2,500 athletes from 78 countries and regions competed in Vancouver, Richmond and skiing resort Whistler.
Tonight, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, declared the 21st Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver closed.
“And now, in accordance with tradition, I declare the XXI Olympic Winter Games closed, and I call upon the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in Sochi to celebrate the XXII Olympic Winter Games,” said the IOC chief at the closing ceremony.
Revolucion congratulates all athletes who competed at these Winter Olympic Games!
And so to Sochi in 2014 for the next instalment.