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Letter from the Editor – Olympic Fever

February 22, 2018

Every 2 years, alternating between summertime and wintertime, I am reminded how tightly I am gripped by Olympic Fever. I support Team Canada with fervor, setting alarms to wake up early to watch curling games, or to wake up in the middle of the night to watch hockey games. I may have replayed the ice dancing final featuring Canada’s sweethearts a few times this year.

Team Canada supporters at the 2010 games in Vancouver

Team Canada supporters at the 2010 games in Vancouver

Even if you don’t get as fanatic as I do, it’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement of the Olympic games. This morning, in the wake of some significant disappointments for Canadian athletes in Pyeongchang, I found myself reflecting on how much we feel for these athletes as spectators watching back home. In fact, I’m surprised at how acutely I feel for these competitors, through all their ups and downs.

From the highs like a gold medal in the Team Skate, watching Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir personify love on ice, repeating history by tying for the gold medal in bobsleigh, and the Mark McMorris comeback story – to the lows, including an uncharacteristically early exit from competition for the women’s curling, a loss in the semifinals for the men’s curling, and a crushing loss to the US in the gold medal game for women’s hockey… we feel it all, right along with our athletes.

Team Canada: when you triumph, we feel joyous and celebrate your achievements. When you show us love, we love you right back. When you feel disappointment and heartbreak, we feel it for you, too.

The games in Pyeongchang have taken us on a rollercoaster that is coming to a stop with the closing ceremonies this upcoming weekend. Through all the wins, losses, and heartbreaks, we are so incredibly proud of the athletes representing Canada for embodying the competitive spirit. Win or lose, I love cheering for Team Canada. Go Canada Go!

– Dana Deathe