Here is a part of John Furlong’s Closing Ceremony Speech:
And to perhaps compare for a moment the Canada that was with the Canada that now is. I believe we Canadians tonight are stronger, more united, more in love with our country and more connected with each other than ever before. These Olympic Games have lifted us up.
If the Canada that came together on Opening night was a little mysterious to some it no longer is. Now you know us, eh! If we were once the few we are surely now the many. That quiet, humble national pride we were sometimes reluctant to acknowledge seemed to take to the streets as the most beautiful kind of patriotism broke out all across our country. So many new and dazzling applications for the Maple Leaf – so many reasons to smile and be joyful.
I believe these games have united and lifted up Canada like never before. As a Canadian, I feel more passionate about being Canadian because our athletes’ accomplishments. Canada has won a record number of gold medals – more than any other country, in any other Winter Olympic Games. However, I can only make this claim as a Canadian. The images on television captured by our CTV network have been predominantly Canadian. This has undoubtedly been a powerful medium for us.
Our Olympics theme song, “I believe” (version 1), really helped to foster an emotional side of believing in myself as a Canadian (or Olympic torch relay , ver. 2). When I hear that song along with the image of Canada winning gold, it does something wonderful inside of me. I feel a sense of patriotism and tears of joy and national pride wells up inside of me. I believe that other Canadians have felt this way too.
Canadian patriotism and nationalism is at an all-time high in this country because I have never ever seen so much excitement and flag waving happening before. I don’t think the world, let alone even Canadians, have seen this kind of excitement from within before. I hope we can capture this in our hearts and minds because when we look back on these Olympic games in Vancouver, we can say with all honesty that these have been defining moments in our national psyche. Go Canada Go! I believe in Canada.