I was 10 years old when the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team upset the Russians, arguably the greatest hockey team in the world and then went on to beat Finland and capture the Gold Medal. For some reason however, with apologies to Al Michaels, I never liked the term “Miracle” being fawned on this group of hard working young athletes. It seemed condescending to me. And often I think that people have low expectations of college students and of young people in general.
My favorite player on that team was the Goaltender, Jim Craig. Jim is a motivational speaker today and he seems to agree with me. See for yourself.
And to find out where these great athletes are today, check this out:
Living in Buffalo allows me the opportunity to watch CTV on my cable system which is interesting because they are the host country. I really liked seeing Wayne Gretsky during the opening ceremonies and it’s great not to have to see an “American-Centric” olympic coverage.
Also, Vancouver was the first place that my wife and I went on a vacation together (along with Victoria, BC). It’s a great, great city and I hope they don’t get known for their bad weather since they’ve had a number of delays.
I’m also part-Canadian. (Y’all thought you knew me). My grandfather (mon’s dad) was from Sorel in Quebec and I’ve travelled extensively in Canada and have loved it immensely. My dream is to retire to either Quebec City or Victoria.
That being said, I’m rooting for the Canadians to win the gold in Hockey. Although the Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is also the USA goalie–so I’m also hoping that he does well.