Corey Perry #24 of Team Canada waves the Canadian Flag after his team’s 3-2 sudden death overtime win over the USA in the Gold Medal Final of Men’s Hockey at the Vancouver Winter Olympics on February 28, 2010. (Photo by Donald Miralle)
It was the perfect ending to the Vancouver Olympics, and a game for the ages – the battle of the North American hockey superpowers Canada and USA, ending in an overtime golden goal by Sidney Crosby of Team Canada after an equalizer by Team USA with 25 seconds left in regulation. It may sound weird, especially after I spent $150 loonies on a official USA hockey jersey at the stadium prior to the game, but I was actually very happy for Canada that they won. They deserved it. They came back from the upset we served them last week and played a composed game, dictating most of the flow of the match. As the host country, they not only put on a great show for the world but captured the most gold medals out of any country. For 17 days the streets in downtown Vancouver and Whistler have been filled by people chanting “Go Canada!” And tonight will be no different, with a mob like scene ensuing following the game. There are very few countries where every pub and bar in the city will have a line of patrons winding around the block at 7am waiting for the doors to open so they can cheer on their team.
Chang Lee of the New York TImes sets up a remote camera against the backboards before the start of the game.
(Photos by Donald Miralle)
I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this Olympic games and the variety of events, experiences and people I met along the way. I am glad to have been able to share it with you and the other photographers and friends who helped me along the way. Big thanks to Al Bello, Mike Powell, Rich Glass, Mark Starr, Doug Pensinger, Bob Frid, Heinz Klutzmeier, Matt Stockman, Bob Deutch and everyone else who gave me a boost, advice on a venue, a place to lie my head, a ride in their car, a lens to borrow, or just a good time when I needed one. And a very special thanks to my wife Lauren who has patiently been holding up the fort and taking care of our little boys Luke and Micah and our dogs Odie and Frank during this Olympics and the five others I have been fortunate to cover. And thanks to everyone who read this blog, posted words of encouragement and support; without you I wouldn’t have started this blog and wouldn’t have been able to see it through. As I write this there is a nonstop cacophony of horns and screaming coming from the streets that will probably not stop until I have to drive to the airport at 5am. Guess I will have to sleep when I get back Cali…see you later.
(Photos by Donald Miralle)