I live in Vancouver. In 2 days my city is going to become a zoo, and I couldn’t be more stoked.
There are plenty of reasons to be anti-Olympics and some of them are very convincing, but here’s why the Olympics are sweet: It brings out legitimate national pride.
Last week I saw this guy on the subway fully decked out in Russia gear: hat, jacket, track pants and shoes! He wasn’t an athlete or media. He was just some dude from Russia who’s come here to represent. There are people like this guy all over the city basically wearing their country’s flag as clothing. Patriotism, when applied to sports, is awesome.
And that’s the beautiful thing about the Olympics. There’s no confusion about who you’re cheering for, no stupid jumping on the NY Yankees/Dallas Cowboys/Manchester United bandwagon. Your team is where you were born. It’s whoever your passport tells you to cheer for. You are your team and if your team loses, you lose, but if they win…….national holiday!
P.S. I have tickets to see the Canada vs. Switzerland hockey game. I will be wearing a full body Canada tracksuit, a Rick Nash jersey, Canada mittens and some weird hat with horns. I haven’t decided if I should paint my face yet or just get a maple leaf tattooed on my forehead.
Look, I love Switzerland but, for 2 hours on Feb 18th, they’re going to be nothing more to me then a bunch of chocolate loving, watch fixing, bank account managing pansies. I can barely type because my hands are trembling in excitementttttttttt!!!!!!!!