What is the first thing that pops into your mind whenever you hear that?
The Maple Leaf, Flag, The Beaver, Cultural Diversity, Universal Health Care, Prime Minister, Mounties, Immigration, Maple Syrup, CN Tower, Peacekeeping, Timmies, Snow, Hockey. Those were just a few off-the-cuff examples given by people at random when asked that question.
The reason I ask is that unless you have been cozying up with a grizzly bear in full hibernation mode all winter you have probably heard about the Winter Olympics that is about to kick off this month. Canada’s greatest are going to be competing against the rest of the world to bring home Olympic Gold, Silver, and Bronze in the winter games. But there is no denying that most eyes are focused on one sport in particular.
Hockey. That sportsman glue that binds us from sea to sea. Canada’s favourite winter feel good coffee purveyor has just released a commercial to get Canada “in the zone” for the upcoming games.
It doesn’t matter what age, race, creed, religion, gender, political view, social outlook, people are. Hockey is hockey. When Canada plays for gold an entire nation holds its breath. And when that puck slides into the net to cinch that winning goal the entire country shakes as people from coast to cost stand up and cheer. It happened in 2002. It happened in 2010. Can this happen again in 2014?
The stuff of legend. What other event could cause that sort of wide-spread reaction and intense outpouring of raw joy that doesn’t involve moon walking or ending a world war? Think about it.
So here’s to all of Canada’s Olympians who are taking part in the 2014 games. May they compete with grace, dignity, honour…and show the world what the land of the Maple Leaf is all about!