Humble No More: Canadian Op-eds Gloat Over Olympic Gold

The "modest" country is bursting with pride

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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 celebration."

  • 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."
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