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‘Excellent, very friendly Games’

February 28th, 2010

The Winter Olympics closed with comedy and song, poking fun at the Opening Ceremony’s cauldron gaffe and highlighting the host-nation’s culture. After a tragic start, the Vancouver Games transformed itself into a joyous affair.

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The Kid, Canada win hockey gold

February 28th, 2010

Sid the Kid came through for Canada. In a thrilling Vancouver Games finale, Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal gave the host nation a 3-2 win over the United States and its most precious Olympic medal of all — hockey gold.

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Miller claims MVP, despite U.S. OT loss

February 28th, 2010

U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller was voted the most valuable player of the Vancouver Olympics hockey tournament despite his team’s 3-2 overtime loss to Canada in Sunday’s gold-medal match.

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Canada wins men’s hockey gold on Crosby OT goal

February 28th, 2010

Sidney Crosby scored 7:40 into overtime and Canada beat the United States 3-2 on Sunday to earn its second men’s hockey gold medal in the last three Olympics.

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The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: By the numbers – News Releases : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

February 28th, 2010

Vancouver, BC ― After 17 days of thrilling athletic competitions, amazing displays of sportsmanship and magical moments when lifelong dreams were finally realized on the podium, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games will draw to their official close tonight.

In looking back and celebrating the impact of Canada’s Games and the future of the Olympic Winter Games, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) would like to share some of the initial statistics available.

By the numbers: The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

February 12 to 28, 2010

  • 17 days of thrilling competition and athletic accomplishments
  • 15 sport disciplines
  • 9 competition venues
  • 3 Olympic training facilities
  • 86 medal competitions
  • 86 Victory Ceremonies (16 in-venue medal presentations, 25 at BC Place and 45 at Whistler Medals Plaza)
  • 615 medals awarded
  • 1,055 athlete bouquets presented
  • 82 participating National Olympic Committees (NOCs)
  • 6,500 athletes and team officials in total
  • 2,632 registered athletes
  • 50,000 workforce members for the Games, including paid, contractor and volunteers
  • Of that total, 18,500 were volunteers; 6,500 volunteers will also work during the Paralympic Winter Games
  • 25,000 workforce uniforms distributed
  • 96,409 people accredited for the Games
  • 10,800 media representatives: 7,000 rights holding broadcasters, 2,800 press reporters and photographers and non-rights holding broadcasters, as well as 1,000 host Olympic Broadcast Service (OBSV) personnel
  • 3.5 billion worldwide television viewers are estimated to have tuned into the Games
  • Olympic rights holding broadcasters have offered Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games coverage on more than 300 TV stations and on more than 100 websites worldwide
  • 47 per cent more global television coverage of the Games than for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games
  • This represents approximately 24,000 hours of coverage
  • 50,000 hours of total broadcast hours of the Games across all media platforms around the world
  • 6,000 hours of coverage worldwide on mobile platforms
  • As of Day 15, 33.1 million Canadians (99 per cent) have watched coverage
  • 27.7 million cumulative audience or CUME (meaning 82.7 per cent of Canadians) experienced the Games on February 27 through the platforms of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.
  • 1,500 appearances by the Vancouver 2010 mascots: Quatchi, Miga and Sumi by the end of the Games
  • 20,567 deliveries made to Olympic venues
  • 1.6 million tickets available for the 2010 Winter Games
  • More than 3.3 million pairs of Vancouver 2010 Red Mittens sold
  • $500-million target for gross retail sales of Vancouver 2010 branded merchandise met by end of Games
  • 2.2 million people engaged to date by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Oympiad, which will continue for three more weeks
  • More than 4,000 artists at 600 events, over 60 days in 60 venues are taking part in the Cultural Olympiad
  • More than 12,500 volunteer hours clocked for Olympic Closing Ceremony. The thousands of volunteer performers range in age from 10 to 68
  • More than 450 racks of costumes, 3,600 metres of elastic, 4,100 pairs of shoes, 18 kilograms of glitter, 10,000 green sequins, 200 giant spheres and balloons, as well as 20 zygote balls were used in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • 275 million visitors in total to www.vancouver2010.com, shattering the previous record of 105 million set during the Beijing 2008 Games
  • 78 million total unique visitors to the site
  • A record of 9,185,306 unique visits in a single day ― set on February 24. The previous record set during the 2008 Summer Games was 8,797,614 on August 11, 2008
  • Vancouver2010.com was visited 85 million times this month from within Canada and reached more than 70 per cent of Canadians with Internet access and over 50 per cent of the total Canadian population
  • 19.1 per cent of North Americans with Internet access visited the website this month
  • 4.6 per cent of people worldwide with Internet access visited the site this month
  • 14,000 followers on Twitter.com/2010Tweets
  • More than 1.25 million downloads recorded for the official mobile spectator guide, which for 10 days of the Games was the No. 1 free app in Canada
  • 1.1 million Facebook fans, nearly four times the total amount for Beijing at the conclusion of the 2008 Games

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Highlights: Gold-medal classic

February 28th, 2010

Sidney Crosby’s OT goal gave Canada a 3-2 win over the United States and the host nation’s most precious Olympic medal of all — hockey gold. Watch every goal and thrilling highlight of this Vancouver Games gold-medal classic.

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Men’s gold final: United States vs Canada

February 28th, 2010

Men’s gold final: United States vs Canada

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Crosby, Canada save best for last

February 28th, 2010

Sidney Crosby’s OT goal gave Canada a 3-2 win over the U.S and an Olympic hockey title in a thrilling Vancouver finale. The win gave the host nation a Games-leading 14th gold and its most precious medal of all — hockey gold.

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Ice hockey: Crosby show as Canada beat USA in gold thriller – AFP News : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

February 28th, 2010

Vancouver (AFP) – Sidney Crosby scored the winner in overtime as Canada won the Olympic title Sunday, beating the United States 3-2 to become the first host nation to capture men’s hockey gold in 30 years.

Crosby got the winning goal 7:40 into the overtime period, taking a pass from Jarome Iginla and sliding a shot under the pads of US goaltender Ryan Miller.

“It doesn’t even feel real. It feels like a dream,” said Crosby as Canada clinched a record eighth Olympic men’s hockey gold.

“Our team worked really hard in regulation time and they got that one by us in the end. But we came out in overtime and this is just an unbelievable feeling.”

Canadian forward Patrick Marleau added: “It is unbelievable. I have never felt something like this before. As far as hockey goes it is the best moment I have ever had.”

Crosby was held off the scoresheet for most of the tournament but he has a knack for scoring dramatic goals. Earlier in the tournament he scored the game winner in a shootout as Canada beat Switzerland 3-2 in the preliminary round.

Jonathan Toews and Corey Perry had earlier given Canada a 2-0 lead before the US fought back, equalising with just 24 seconds left in regulation time.

Roberto Luongo was superb in goal, making 34 stops for Canada who became the first host to win an Olympic final since the US triumphed at Lake Placid in 1980.

Ryan Kesler and Zac Parise scored for the US who suffered their first loss of the tournament after five straight wins.

“It is devastating,” said US defenceman Jack Johnson. “We were one goal shy of a gold medal. It is the biggest game any of us have ever played in. Nothing we did before compares to this. You lose the silver you don’t win it.”

Canada had a 2-1 lead in the third and looked headed for victory but the US clawed back with Parise scoring his dramatic late leveller to send the final into sudden-death overtime.

Over 10 million Canadians were expected to watch the game on TV while, inside the arena, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was joined by Hollywood actors Vince Vaughn, Michael J. Fox and William Shatner as well as singers Michael Buble and Neil Young.

Crowds began forming outside the Canada Hockey Place arena four hours before the highly-anticiplated showdown between the two best teams in the tournament.

The game lived up to its billing as the teams traded chances throughout, and both goalies Luongo and Miller had to be at the top of their games.

It was a battle between Canada’s potent scoring attack and the American defence anchored by Miller.

Forward Toews opened the scoring with just over seven minutes left in the first period beating Miller after picking up a rebound.

Mike Richards stole the puck from defenceman Brian Rafalski at the side of the US goal and took the first shot but it bounced right to Toews. It was the first goal of the tournament for Toews to go with seven assists.

Forward Perry picked up a loose puck and wristed it past Miller in the second period to make it 2-0 for Canada.

Ryan Getzlaf started the play by carrying the puck into the US zone. He tried to backhand a pass to Patrick Marleau but it hit a skate and Perry picked it up and easily beat Miller.

Kessler scored on a tip in just over four minutes later to cut the Canadians lead to one goal. Luongo got a piece of it but not enough as it trickled in to make it 2-1, setting the stage for Parise’s game tieing goal.

Finland beat Slovakia for the bronze on Saturday.

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Canada saves best for last

February 28th, 2010

Canada had a Games-leading 13 golds entering Sunday’s hockey final. But the 14th gold is the host nation’s most precious medal of all. Canada won the Olympic hockey title with a 3-2 OT victory over the U.S. in a thrilling Vancouver finale.

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