The wait is finally over

Everything you need to look out for in this year’s Olympics

by Bianca Brais

Canadians as well as people from all around the world are counting down for the world’s most famous winter sporting event, as the Vancouver 2010 Olympics are set to start this Friday, Feb. 12.

Canada hasn’t played host to the winter Olympics since Calgary hosted the world famous competition in1988. Although Canada has played host to the Olympic games twice before, they have yet to win a game at home.

A multitude of different games will be hosted during the Olympics such as, ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, short track speed skating, freestyle skiing, snowboarding and ice sledge hockey.

There are a number of different athletes to watch out on Canada’s men’s hockey team.

“This will be the most talented team in the tournament and it will benefit greatly from the decisions to use NHL-sized ice and the motivation to capture [the] gold on Canadian soil,” posted CTV on their Olympic blog.

There is a lot of scoring talent on the team starting with Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla and Ryan Getzlaf. However, Canada’s roster is not the only one that’s stacked, as other teams will have some of the most explosive players in NHL such as Alexander Ovenchkin and Evgeni Malkin who will both play for team Russia.

Ever since native Ross Rebagliati won the first snowboarding Olympic gold medal in Nagano, Japan during 1998 Winter Olympics Games, snowboarding was excitedly received by Canada. Some of Canada’s athletes that are in the run for the gold are World Cup gold medalist Jasey-Jay Anderson and bronze medalist Matthew Morrison.

The men and women’s curling teams have many qualified players competing in the Olympics. Cheryl Bernard, Susan O’Connor, Kevin Martin and John Morris are some of the few players to look out for.

Some of the youngest figure skaters will be participating for the Canadian figuring skating team. As for short track speed skating, Canadians are hopeful in winning.

“Canadian short track speed skaters have secured medals at every Winter Olympic Games since 1992,” said CTV’s Katie Rook.

Over 80 countries will participate in this year’s world famous winter competition, with many athletes along and spectators gathering in Vancouver and the alpine resort of Whistler through the months of February and March to celebrate and encourage their athletes quest for sporting excellence.

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