Thank you TEAM CANADA!

Team Canada at opening ceremonies-London 2012

Team Canada from the Opening Ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympics. Photo courtesy of canada.com.

The 2012 London Summer Olympics are over. Sixteen days of competition in dozens of sporting events were watched by millions around the world. The Olympics brought the best athletes from around the world together for great sporting competitions. London hosted a great Olympics and closed the events with a great Closing Ceremony featuring British music and fashion. The world was glued to the TV (or internet!) to see if Usain Bolt would still be the fastest man on the planet or to see if Michael Phelps would become the most decorated Olympian of all time. It was quite the Olympics to watch!

Canada can celebrate Team Canada winning a total of 18 medals during the Olympics. The Canadian team came in 13th in the overall medal count. The team won one gold medal, 5 silver medals and 12 bronze medals. The gold medal was won by Rosie Maclennan in women’s trampoline. The Canadian team had a goal going into the Olympics to be at least 12th in the medal count. They were just one-off that mark, but should be very proud of their accomplishments! Canada isn’t known for being strong in the Summer Olympics events, but the performance of this year’s team proved that theory wrong! The medals were won in a variety of sporting events including men’s & women’s 8 person rowing, swimming (long distance and sprints), women’s soccer, track cycling, freestyle wrestling, men’s high jump, men’s canoe, women’s synchronized diving and women’s weightlifting. The Ottawa area can celebrate their Olympic winners too; including members of the men’s and women’s rowing team and the women’s soccer team.

At times, it seemed like the calls were all going against Team Canada. There were controversial calls for the women’s soccer match against the United States women’s team as well as bad calls for the equestrian competition. The Canadian women’s soccer team did win the bronze medal with their win against the French team. The equestrian team failed to get medals in the team and individual events. In a heartbreaking disqualification, Canada’s 4×100 meter men’s relay team lost the bronze medal when a team member misstepped on a lane line. A great story  did come out of this loss though! A Newfoundland boy sent a letter and his soccer medal to the men’s relay team after the loss to try to cheer them up!

That spirit of hope and camaraderie is what the Olympics are all about. Countries come together to cheer on and support their athletes. Ottawa residents came out to cheer for their area Olympic heroes when they returned home from London. Brockville rower and silver medalists, Colin McCabe and other local athletes returned home to a hero’s welcome with police pipes & drum band, lots of media and over 200 fans! Some of the athletes are already looking forward to the next summer Olympics in Rio in 2016! Thanks again to Team Canada for their enthusiasm and exciting during the 2012 London Olympic Games!

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