Crosby's Golden Goal Grabs GOLD!!

Crosby’s Golden Goal Grabs GOLD!!

WOW! What a way to end a phenomenal and memorable two week period of world-class winter sport and partying! In a “heart-in-your-throat” climax to the men’s ice hockey competition, Team Canada managed to defeat the USA 3-2 in overtime!

Ok, so maybe it didn’t come as easily as we all would have hoped. A heart breaking goal by the USA in the final 24.4 seconds of the third period tied things up and stole away the regular time victory we all thought we were going to share.

But in the end Sid “The Kid” Crosby (the guy who’s number is on the back of my jersey) pulled out a stunning goal, now forever known as “Crosby’s Golden Goal”, right when it was needed to put the boys in red and white on top of the Olympic podium, capturing Canada’s 14th gold medal and adding to the largest gold medal haul in history, by a single country in the Winter Olympics.

The 2010 Olympic men's hockey gold medal game face off.

Sid 'The Kid' Crosby faces off against the US' Joe Pavelski.

Zach Parise gets one past Roberto Luongo late in the game, silencing a nation.

Sidney Crosby writes himself into Canadian Olympic Hockey history.

Sidney Crosby writes himself into Canadian Olympic Hockey history.
Sidney Crosby writes himself into Canadian Olympic Hockey history.

Elation and despair...

I took the game in with friends from the comfort and electric atmosphere of the Vogue Theatre right in the heart of town on Granville Street, with plenty of chaos going on out on the main drag outside (see photos below).

We had an absolute ball and were stoked that we made the last minute decision last night, to attend. When Crosby slotted the decider, the place theatre erupted, and it stayed that way for a VERY LONG time!

A quartet of flag-clad Team Canada warriors.

Ball hockey breaks out in the middle of Granville Street.

Red and white everywhere you look.

Industrious young chappy innovates...
The venue.

Punters get set and take their seats for the big game.

Hanging with Chris and Andrea.

The Vogue Theatre crowd errupts!

Outside, Granville Street was erupting too!

Three very happy little Canucks.

Actually, hundreds of very happy little Canucks.

Actually, many thousands of very happy little Canucks.

Lots of fist pumping going on...
...and flag kissing.

Says is all really...

For me, Canada’s player of the game was probably a toss-up between decorated veteran Scott Niedermayer and defenseman Chris Pronger. Mind you Ryan Getzlaf was as consistent and vital as ever, as was Vancouver’s very own man between the pipes, Roberto Luongo.

I, like the tens of thousands still hooting and hollering on Robson and Granville, am on a SERIOUS high right now. These Olympics Games have been looming for me since I landed on these shores, and I’m so happy that I was able to take part in them, even if it was only from the sidelines.

Congratulations to Team Canada and ALL those Canadian, and Australian athletes who earned their place on the podium. Congratulations to all the other athletes that competed over the past 2+ weeks. Congratulations to all those behind the scenes and the thousands of amazing volunteers that made it all happen, and last but not least, congrats to the city of Vancouver and Whistler Village for showing the world such an amazing time!

What am I going to do with myself tomorrow now… *sigh*

QUESTION: Where were you when Sidney scored THAT GOAL?? Tell me about your gold medal game experience in the comments section below!

 Image credits: All game images from CTV.ca.

5 Comments

  1. Muzz says:

    It certainly was heart stopping stuff, even from way over here in Oz. But great that Canada were able to come away with the gold.

    What are you going to do tomorrow? Sleep, I expect!! I think you have quite a lot to catch up on after such a long party. xx

  2. Bosh says:

    What an epic day. “The Vogue” might as well have been the balcony at Canada Hockey House. Unreal. Great shot from “Winners” Masey… I’ll never forget.

    cb

  3. Tia Singh says:

    What an EPIC day! Best way ever to end the Olympics 😀 That 24 second goal made our final win even better! 100 times more worth it cos thanks to O/T we went beyond legendary. LEGENDS I tell you, Legends!!! (Don’t tell anyone I cried…)

    Great pix btw, any chance I can use a few on FB with full credit (+ website link) to you?

    Cheers mate.

  4. Karen says:

    I love and hate those showstopper matches… what an amazing game (and the first complete game I have ever watched) and was thinking of you all through the match. It also got me in the right state of mind for the next Olympics… bring it on London 2012.

  5. Dani says:

    It was a flippin fantastic way to finish off 2010 Olympics! Whooo-hoo! I was in Whistler watching the game with my sis and a few friends. So tense – I can’t believe how stressed I was… until my boyfriend, Sidney scored the gold! LOL.

    Great game… I may even watch hockey again!! ;P

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