This is why I love Canadians

Cindy Klassen has had a strong season. She is the world record holder in the 1,500m and 3,000m events. So logically, she is a favourite to win the gold metal in 3,000m at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torrino, Italy. She ended up with the bronze.
She thought that she could handle the ice and started off too fast but ran out of gas at the end. She nearly stumbled around the last turn. Nonetheless, she is contented with the bronze metal. And those close to her are still very proud of her.
"I think I started out a little fast," Klassen reiterated. "Third is good enough."
Former Olympic speed skater Kevin Marshall, whose brother, Neal, is Klassen’s coach, gave her a thumbs up for leaving everything on the ice. "She gets an ‘A’ for effort, that’s for sure. She put in everything she had," said Marshall.
"You expect gold and everything," her father Jake Klassen said. "But I really think she did as good as she could."
"It’s great to win a bronze medal," Klassen said. "But I just want to focus on the next races coming up."  "I left it out there," she said. "That’s what I need to do in the next races. I don’t want to change anything."


Klassen is the "Golden Girl" who is expected to bring home the gold. If she wins metals in all the events she enters, she will be the most decorated athletes in Canadian Olympic history. A bronze metal is a bit of a dissapointment, for sure. But that is no reason to diminish her accomplishment. After all, Olympic Games is about challenging one’s limit as an athlete, not about winning. Well, at least it’s not JUST about winning.
I vaguely recall that at the last Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, a Canadian skier finished somewhere behing the 10th spot. But the commentator was very excited. She said something like: "She should be very happy about that time. It was a good race. It’s her personal best. And at this level, she should be proud of that." Some people may say that this kind of attitude is pathetic. But this is why I adore Canadians. It could be a stereotype, but I love our nice, encouraging, always positive image. Of course, when it comes to hockey, that’s another story.

Referred Sources: CANOE Network, CBC Sports

Update on Feb 23, 2006:

Cindy Klassen won the gold metal in the 1,500m race, her strongest distance, on Feb 22. Winning four metals in a single Olympic, she set a record in Canadian Olympic history. Way to go!

On the other hand, the Men’s Hockey Team lost to Russia and had to come home empty-handed. Great, now we have to put up with all the whining and criticism for the next 4 years. I know hockey is the heart and blood of Canada. But hey, we just didn’t play well enough. Scoreless for 11 of the last 12 periods played?! That can’t win the gold, man.


About Alice

I am a Chinese-Canadian who was born in Taipei. I came to Canada when I was 14, had lived in Toronto for 18 years and then decided to explore the west coast and moved to British Columbia. My interests include science, technology, movies, music, theatre and literature. I am always curious about how things work. I hope I can turn this curiosity into my passion about life and the world around us!
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5 Responses to This is why I love Canadians

  1. Alice 說道:

    Contrary to the popular belief, Canada is not the dominating powerhouse in hockey like we used to be. Hockey is our pride, but the European teams are not too shabby, either. Don\’t take them lightly. I\’m just surprised that the team\’s problem was scoring. Man, I did not see that coming.
    However, in Women\’s hockey, North America owns the game. That\’s why America\’s defeat was such a shock. But it\’s definitely good for the development of the sport.

  2. Sandy 說道:

    I was sad about the hockey team.  I skipped lab work for 2 hrs that afternoon to watch it at the UofC\’s Olympic Oval. (they have 2 full size skating rinks and speed skating track around it) i can\’t believe they lost. Grr. I totally assumed that if the Canadians are going to win just one medal, it be the gold in hockey!

  3. DAY-Z 說道:

    I totally understand Alice. I really need to learn my other language.You speak English better than a lot of teachers I know and I love that you respond to my messages I feel special. WE WON THE GOLD FOR HOCKEY!!! WOMEN RULE THE ICE!! GO CANADA GO!!

  4. Alice 說道:

    Hi Daisy,
    Welcome back! Because English is not my native language, I\’ll always find that Chinese expresses myself better. Sorry. You can understand that, right?
    Yeah, all we can ask for is that our athletes do their best at the Games. And hey, now the metal count is pretty good, too. GO CANADA GO!

  5. DAY-Z 說道:

    HEy Alice,
    I am glad your writing in English again. 🙂 ok I totally agree with what you are saying. I use to be one of those ppl who would get upset about one of our athletes getting a bronze but when I thought about what you said I was thinking you know Alice is right. Those athletes work so hard to get a medal and we should be proud of Klassen. She worked hard to get to the olympics and I am glad she got a medal to represent Canada. She did a great job and I hope we keep getting more medals. All the athletes representing Canada are doing an excellent job. 😀 Thanks for reminding me Alice that when we work hard as long as we try we know we did our best and that is all that matters. GO CANADA GO!!


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