Daily Archives: February 18, 2014

Going for Gold

By now you may be infected through and through with Olympic fever. And why not? If you’re Canadian, like me, it’s a high time to hail from the north. You have to admit we (or, rather, our countryfellow representatives) have put on a fine show of kindness on the international stage. Take, for example, the Canadian coach who rushed to lend a cross-country ski to a Russian athlete as he struggled to reach the finish line on broken equipment. Then there’s the Canadian speed skater who qualified for a medal event, but gave his spot to a teammate whom he felt had a better chance to win the race (reliable instincts, as it turned out; the teammate took a silver medal).

Then there’s this incredibly awesome commercial released by the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion in response to anti-gay sentiment in Russia. Over a slow-mo video of two luge players manoeuvering their respective pelvises on a sled (you sort of have to see it), the ad declares: “The games have always been a little gay… Let’s fight to keep them that way.”

We help the downtrodden, we support our team, we speak up for human rights. Like our curling team will tell you: Canada rocks.