Sunday, February 14, 2010

Olympics Opening Ceremony!

What'd you think of the Opening Ceremonies? Did you watch them? If you did, you might have been confused. I was. I always am! I never understand the dancing and "symbolic" imagery in the Opening Ceremonies. I understand the obvious (running through the prairies), but I didn't understand the purpose of the "fall colours" set to Canadian fiddlers (what does that have to do with the Winter Olympics?), but it is fun to watch. And the tribute to Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili was beautiful.

Let's play a game. Do you know who was Canadian of the performers?

Was it singer Bryan Adams? Or singer Nelly Furtado?

Or k.d. land singing Canadian Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah?

Or maybe Sarah McLachlan singing her ethereal and appropriate Ordinary Miracle?

Or the carriers of the Olympic flag? (Hockey Player Bobby Orr, Singer Anne Murray, Race Car Driver Jacques Villeneuve, Cancer Advocate Terry Fox's Mother Betty Fox, Astronaut Julie Payette, Humanitarian Romeo Dallaire, Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medallist Barbara Ann Scott and Actor Donald Sutherland)

Correct answer: everyone was Canadian! All the performers were Canadian! Rumours were swirling that other Canucks Celine Dion or Michael Bublé would perform, but they did not. I think they did a great job of organizing everything, other than the Olympic cauldron technical difficulty. Um, oops. I feel awful for Catriona LeMay Doan, who did not get to co-light the torch, as was intended, along with Olympian Nancy Greene, NBA Star Steve Nash and "The Great One" Wayne Gretzky. Catriona was graceful in standing as the other three lit the cauldron insntead. She should be proud of her composure and grace under fire!

Random fact: I was born in the same hospital (many years later) as Bryan Adams. Random, eh?


  1. I saw the ceremonies, my favorite part was the swimming of the whales. That was awesome.

  2. I felt so bad for Catriona!! I thought Hallejulah was a weird choice for an 'opening' song even though kd sang it so well. My favourite moment was when the CDN athletes ented the stadium.