Canada has never done so well at the Olympic Games, the athletes won a total of 20 medals but the victories that moved me had little to do with a medal.
First there was Clara Hughes, a speed skater, who won the gold medal in the 5000 meter race. I don't remember the minutes and seconds she won with but I do remember that she wrote "joy" on her palm of her hand before she raced and went on to win with that joy of being completely alive.
Then there was the Vancouver mayor, Sam Sullivan, who in the tradition of the representative of the next hosting city, waved the Olympic flag. Sam Sullivan is a quadriplegic. He broke his neck while skiing when only 19 years old. With the help of a special adapter to hold the flag on his wheelchair and with practised movements, he waved the flag triumphantly.
These were glorious moments.