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01 Mar 2010
IOC News , Vancouver 2010

Canada goes out with a bang

The skies above BC Place go red as the patriotic coloured fireworks explode in the evening sky, marking an official end to the Games in Vancouver, but also highlighting the history made in Canada.

Over the span of the Games, the Canadians faced many challenges, saw many firsts and won many golds.

Canada's total gold medal count stands at 14, marking Canada's highest gold medal win in Olympic history.

The Canadians gold-rush roll began with men's moguls skier Alexandre Bilodeau winning Canada its first ever gold medal on Canadian soil.

From there, history just began writing itself. The women's hockey team became the first women's hockey team to win gold at home, the men's hockey team became the first to do so in 30 years- both genders’ hockey finals rankings are Canada first, USA second and Finland third.

Canadian pair figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir became the first North Americans ever to win gold in ice dancing.

Figure skater Joannie Rochette overcame the challenges of loosing a loved one, as she courageously skated her way to Olympic bronze — the sudden death of her mother only adding fuel to her fire.

And the citizens themselves. The Canadians came together in a sudden burst of pride and prosperity.   “You did not just cheer,” said VANOC CEO John Furlong in his Closing Ceremony speech to the Canadians. “Rather, you lived every glorious moment as if you yourselves were competing for gold.”

The Ceremony also featured the historic Olympic flag handover to the next city to host the Winter Games, this time with Sochi, Russia playing protegé to the Winter Games in Vancouver.

By Kimiya Shokoohi, YOG reporter

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