Monday, March 1, 2010

Olympic Pride!

I could sit here and boast about how the Canadians totally rocked the Olympic games this year!  How we had the most gold medals especially for a host country!  And especially how the Canadian Hockey players just mastered the ice! And how for once I was so incredibly proud of everything Canadian especially the Canadian Olympic players! Really I could boast and really I want to, but I am not going to. 

As I mentioned before, my mother was coming to visit me.  One of the treasures she came bearing was Olympic paraphernalia.  This is much welcome as I love anything to support my home country.  I still have mitts, hats and shirts from previous Olympics and am proud to still wear them even if it says 1996 Asian winter games.  There was nothing better than seeing a sea of red when the cameras tilted to the stands as all the red mitts were waving.  I'm so glad that both my daughters and my self now own a pair, and what's even cooler is knowing a percentage of the money spent on the mitts goes to the Olympics and the athletes. 

The beauty of living in Holland for 9 years is that I have developed a true love and sportsmanship for this country.  I really did want to see Holland come home with some gold medals.  I was excited to see Sven win his gold and was horrified to see him disqualified.  What I would have loved was to have been able to have bought Dutch Olympic products that supported the Dutch Olympic athletes.  I would have worn the Dutch mitts, hats or shirts just as proudly as the Canadians. 

On a side note:  My mother is looking for a shirt that says "The Netherlands" - I can only find tourist or sport shirts that say Holland.  Any body know of any "Netherlands" shirts?


Sonya said...

I am so happy for you guy! granted it would of been equally nice to see the U.S. mens team win but you can't have it all! lol

I also was really into seeing the ntherlands win as much as possible. The whole Sven thing was amazing and I can only imagine what he will be like when the winter olympics come around again :)

You know I can not find any items here to send back home to family. I have a hard time finding postcards. I should of stocked up when I was in Amsterdam..they have everything there!

Anonymous said...

I've only seen Holland shirts as well.

Isn't it funny how you so quickly embrace a sportsmanship for your new country? I found myself cheering Sven for the 5km because I - like most - just assumed Shani would clean up the 1500m. I felt sort of a traitor when he lost it!