This team with 9 Rookies didn't listen to their detractors, but instead went into Overtime believing they could slay the giant....and that they did. 8 minutes into overtime Marie-Philip Poulin scores! Canada wins GOLD in Women's Hockey.
It made me think of a story early in the Olympics when a young speed skater, Gilmore Junio, gave up his spot in the 1,000 metre speed skating event so that Denny Morrison, who fell during the Canadian Olympic team trials could compete. Junio gave the spot to Morrison saying that would be 'in the best interest of the team'. And the end of that story for those of you that aren't Olympic Junkies like our family? Well Denny Morrison went on to win the Silver Medal in that event.
Gilmore Junio gave up his spot?! Amazing! Incredible! For the good of the team? Truly Canadian! Denny Morrison is now lobbying that Junio should be the Flag Bearer for the Canadians at the Closing Ceremonies for truly showing the Olympic Spirit.
We are a big country geographically, but small in population. Just 35,000,000....compare that to the USA's 313,000,000, Germany's 81,500,000 or Russia's almost 140,000,000 but much like the Little Engine that Could in the old children's book, we think we can! And we try hard to prove it to the world!! We may be small, but we have big hearts and we never give up.
So yes, I am proud to be a Canadian!!