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You’ve heard of the movie "The Hunger Games?"

Well this year’s Olympics will go down in history as the "Thirsty Games."

Or should I say "Thirst quenching games."

Sunday was history in the making as Canada won back-to-back gold medals in hockey for the first time in a generation. Russia was the last one to do it in ’84 and ’88. And the last time we drank beer with our breakfast on a Sunday morning in Canada?

I don’t think that has ever happened. That is, until last Sunday.

It is certainly one of the endearing moments of the games I will always remember. Others who soaked up the Olympic spirit along with too many suds may not. But of course it wasn’t just about a golden brew and gold medal hockey game. There was "double double Thursday" featuring Jennifer Jones winning gold, and the come-from-behind gold medal win in women’s hockey.

Then there was the Dufour-Lapointe sisters gold/silver one-two punch, and the emotional playing of the anthem. And Justin Wadsworth, Canada’s cross country ski head coach. Rushing to help a Russian skier after the he crashed in the semi-final of the men’s freestyle sprint and broke one of his skis. Attempting a sad finish on a broken ski, there was no chance to win, but there was a chance to finish. That’s when Justin rushed toward the struggling athlete and fixed a ski from Team Canada to the Russian’s ski boot. If we are not helping others, we’re coming from behind, or having cold beer with hockey. It’s as Canadian as it gets.

But I was confused by the different medal counts. The Americans said they were second, and we were fourth, while other sites had the USA fourth and Canada third. But one thing is for sure, metal is metal, and the gold contained in the Sochi medals is exactly six grams of .999 (24k). If you took it to one of those "gold buying businesses" at the current market price, that makes the value of gold approx. $255.60. Add to it about $327.40 worth of silver in a gold medal. That makes the entire medal worth about $583. The silver medal worth about $338, while a bronze is worth less than $5, based on the material it's made of. That puts Russia in first with $9,833, Norway third with $8,153, and Canada in second with $8,652. And the US trails behind at fourth place with $7,668, almost a full grand behind Canada. Not that we’re rushing out to the gold buyers store anytime soon, but it worth noting.

As for Westman’s favourite part of the games this year:

• Alana Jayne Flannery: Watching Paige and Rudi skate!!!!!

• Trina Marie: Women’s Hockey finals. Our chicks are BAD @$$!!!

• Michelle Brau: Both the men’s and women’s hockey winning gold.

• Lisa Ledoux: Women's Curling winning Gold!

• Charlotte Koloski: Have to agree with the women's gold! That was such an exciting game and will be talked about for weeks.

• Janice Vandekerckhove Plaisier: Both Canadian curling gold!

• Lauren Alicia: Watching our guys get the shut out and win the gold!

• Theresa Therien: Men’s hockey win for the gold medal.

• Leanne Price: Hockey baby! Both men and women’s

• Joni Menzies: Ladies comeback in the gold game! Definitely the best! They showed the world how hockey is played in Canada! Never quit, never slow down! The men's shutout was pretty fanfreakintastic too!

• Kyla de Wit: Jennifer Jones winning gold.

• Ryan May Dufour: Lapointe sisters winning was a great moment.

• Karina Ketelsen: The Canadian helping out at the cross country skiing

• Trisha Birch: All of it! It's so amazing to watch so many great people play for their countries! But got pretty exciting in my house watching the woman's hockey gold medal game and men winning also! Proud to be Canadian!

• Megan Onanda McGill: Alexandre Bilodeau. Humphries & Moyse. The women's hockey team's incredible comeback to take gold in OT. The men's hockey team's shut-out for gold. Jones and Jacobs in curling. I loved it all! I'm such a sucker for all the human interest stories of the Olympics and I'm so sad it's over, but so proud of all our Canadian athletes!

• Barbara-Jean Jackson: Curling, back to back gold medals for Team Canada!

• Sherallyn Robertson: Watching Tessa n Scott and Men and Women’s Hockey teams.

• Titian Raider Papps: The sportsmanship everyone shaking hands, hugging and congratulating each other.

• Jolene Balciunas: Jennifer Jones team winning gold tied with the women’s hockey gold, I had tears streaming down my face and beaming with pride!

• Delphine Blair: Hockey hockey hockey!

• Diane DeMare: Watching the women’s and Guys Canadian hockey win gold.

• Daniel Macfarlane: Probably a tie between the Men’s hockey gold and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's final performance.

• Carolyn Currie Phillips: I love watching winter Olympics. My favourite part was watching our Canadian cross country ski coach walk out and give the Russian skier a new ski, and helped him put it on so he could finish the race. I love being C• anadian!

• Brandi Fuglsang Falk: Both men and women's hockey by far

• Shallon Fowler: Watching Alex Bilodeau win gold in men's moguls and then hugging his brother. Made me emotional seeing it in Vancouver 2010 and emotional seeing it again in Sochi! And of course hockey!

But not everyone loved watching the Olympics. Scott’s favourite part about the Sochi games: "That its over! Ba-humbug! I am just not into sports or any of that jazz so it took over my TV for two weeks! I am proud of our countries accomplishments there, and to know we are BETTER than USA in hockey and curling lol. But I am happy I can watch TV again!"

Yes you can Scott. Coronation Street is back. I think I heard someone clap. Nope, just someone smacking their own forehead.


Jimmy Kimmel is an American late night talk show host (that loves making fun of Rob Ford) but last week he was happy Team Canada won gold against the USA: "To be honest, I’m kinda glad Canada won. After all, hockey is ‘their thing’. It would be like if we lost to them at childhood obesity."


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Rich Pentney

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 1, 2014

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