Sunday, February 28, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Interviewed by guest hosts Tom Allen and Jacquie Perrin on the February 28, 2010, program
"Does Canada have to win men's hockey gold to make the Games a success?"
Guest hosts Tom Allen and Jacqui Perrin's introduction to the February 28, 2010, program:
"Does the men's hockey team have to win gold for the Games to be a success?"
The men's gold medal game, Canada versus the U.S.A. is on right now. The last time these two teams met ...last week ...it was the most watched sports event in Canadian TV history.
Some might say why even try to do a radio program when Olympic hockey is grabbing the country by the jersey and not letting go? Well, we're getting our elbows up, and going into the corners to dig out what Canadians really think. We know that you may not have access to a TV right now ...and may be wishing you did. If you're in a car driving somewhere... or, and I know this really does happen, if you're watching the TV and listening to the radio at the same time ...we want to hear from you. Is this game the defining moment in these Olympic Games? If the U.S. wins will Canada have failed?
I know that many, many Canadians have been riveted to the Olympics, and they have been captivated by some of the other events ...from the new ones such as ski-cross or snowboard parallel giant slalom where Canada struck gold ...to the older ones such as curling, bobsleigh in which Canada also captured medals.
But it's not just the sports and the performances that have made these Games different. Vancouver has been a city transformed over the past two weeks. The sidewalks and streets have been filled with people to an extent never seen before. Some are calling these the 'People's Olympics' because they have created a friendly celebratory atmosphere that goes beyond the competition.
What have you seen that's surprised you about these Olympics? What have these Canadian Olympics done to Canada's own sense of national pride?
Some say the Games have awakened Canadian pride ...something deeply felt but not often expressed. Others have recoiled at the slogan 'Own the Podium' and the talk of 'bragging rights' saying it's un-Canadian and poor sportmanship too. What do you think? Is it possible to win without boosting the idea in a public way? It seems to have worked because Canada has won more gold medals than ever before ...and more than any other host nation in history.
But the gold medal that Canadians want most is hockey gold. There was a day in 1972 when Canada played and defeated the Russians. It has been called the Day Canada Stood Still. Many are saying today is one of those days again. The women won hockey gold ...now it's the men's turn. Why is hockey the only thing that seems to have the power to make this country stand still?
I'm Tom Allen... And I'm Jacquie Perrin ...on CBC Radio One ...and on Sirius satellite radio channel 137 ...this is Cross Country Checkup.