Monday, March 01, 2010
No Maple Leaf spared for spectacular Olympics finish

 

The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, have come to a close and we're really impressed with the great photos and videos that have come in. ChrisMorrow brought us great interviews with celebrity athletes like skier Lindsey Vonn as well as footage of the city scene, and AlbertArt showed us a stylistic view of Vancouver.

 

In accordance with the wondrous closing ceremonies, which featured a giant beaver and dancing Mounties, the iReports at the end of the Olympics have been particularly colorful. We got a glimpse of celebrations in the streets following Canada's men's hockey overtime win against the U.S. team. iReporter seeitnow described them particularly well to us early this morning, so we thought we'd share his words on the "biggest party on Earth":

 

"As I write this, bullhorns and trumpets are blaring away with no let up. The streets were overflowing with rowdy but peaceful people all ready to party until dawn, which should prove interesting since it's Sunday night and the city is supposed to return to normal by tomorrow morning.

Red and white were definitely the color of choice as the crowds gathered throughout downtown. The main art gallery with the prominent fountain was turned into a giant bubble bath as dozens of people decided tonight was the night to take a nice refreshing bath in the somewhat warm February evening weather.

Although numerous police were on the ready I saw nothing to suggest any trouble anywhere as I combed the streets looking for interesting characters to interview. Vancouverites have more the most part suffered through years of construction and traffic restrictions so now that it's all over there's a lot of pent up demand to finally realize, 'Hey we did it: we finished and we won.' Let's savour the moment for as long as we can."

 

Thanks for sharing the great iReports! Tell us what you thought about the Olympics in the comments area below.

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I don't think that the winter Olympic games are as popular as its counterpart. I am from India and most of the people don't even know that such a big event was going on.

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I am an American who has been living in Vancouver for about 6 years. I love it here. After having lived in Metro Atlanta in 1996 during the summer games, I can tell you that these winter games were truly the people's games. Everyone I know had some part of these games, whether it was my sister in law being fortunate enough to be at the Closing Ceremonies or whether it was just celebrating in the streets after the Canadian men's hockey team won gold.

 

Vancouver made it possible for all of us to come together and truly experience something memorable and exciting. Even if the world didn't watch, it doesn't matter because Canada watched. Canada will remember this as their best and shining moment. Canada had to prove itself on a global scale, and I think it succeeded.

 

I am proud to be a Vancouverite, I am proud to live here and be part of something bigger than myself. I had fun, I saw and did things I never thought were possible. In spite of a few hiccups, it has been a job well done and I salute EVERYONE involved in making it so great!

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