The Winter Olympics |

The Winter Olympics

What has been one of the harshest winters in recent memory, the one bright spot was watching the 2010 Winter Olympics from Vancouver, Canada.

Canada and the United States did themselves proud by winning more metals in the Winter Olympics than either country had ever won before.

Medals aside, the Olympics cemented the friendship between our two countries who have lived side by side in peace for centuries. We celebrated each others victories in the Olympics and supported one another in defeats. Our conduct set an example to the rest of the world that harmony can be achieved by mutual admiration and respect.

What brings our two countries close together was perhaps best explained to us many years ago while my mother and I were on a visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia. We were walking through the halls of a government building, looking at portraits of various Canadian leaders, when a young man approached us. We struck up a conversation and told him how much we had enjoyed our various trips to Canada.

He taught us a lesson in history we never forgot. As he explained, “Long ago Canada and the United States were the daughters of England. As is often the case, one of the daughters, Canada, stayed home with her mother, while the other daughter, the United States, left home to make a new life for herself in a faraway land.” No one could have said it better.

Speaking of the Olympics, how about the four-man bobsled team that brought home the gold medal for the first time in 62 years? One of the heroes, Curt Tomasevics, is a Nebraska native where bobsledding takes a backseat to football.

Winter wasn’t so bad after all.

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