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Canada’s men’s curling team alternate Adam Enright (left), Ben Hebert, Marc Kennedy, John Morris and skip Kevin Martin wave to fans after winning the men’s curling gold medal game against Norway at the Vancouver Olympic Centre Saturday.

About half of Canadians think that the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games is more of a defining moment for the country than the 1972 Summit Series, the Calgary and Montreal Olympics, or Expo ’67, according to an Ipsos Reid survey commissioned by the historical organization Historica-Dominion Institute. About 40 per cent of Canadians said they would fly the national flag during the Games, while a third said they would buy and wear Canadian and Olympic gear.

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Canwest Olympic Team Kevin Martin took the step Saturday that he’s waited his whole, brilliant curling career to take — to the top of the Olympic podium. The 43-year-old Edmontonian, who’s spent eight years dealing with questions about his loss in the 2002 Olympic final, put those questions to rest at the Vancouver Olympic Centre, skipping Team Canada to a 6-3 victory over Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud in the men’s curling gold-medal game. It was Canada’s 25th medal of the Olympics, surpassing its total from the 2006 Turin Games 24, and making it Canada’s best-ever Winter Olympic performance. Martin, third John Morris, second Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert (the team is rounded out by alternate Adam Enright and coach Jules Owchar) also made Olympic history, becoming the first team since curling was reinstated as a medal sport in 1998 to go unbeaten through the tournament.

Not that there wasn’t some tension during Saturday’s win, which played out in front of a celebrity-laden crowd that included actor Donald Sutherland, IOC president Jacques Rogge, Canadian Olympic men’s hockey coach Mike Babcock and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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Four-medal saturday Benjamin Alldritt Gold, gold, gold and bronze are Canada’s haul in Saturday’s penultimate Olympic showdowns. Kevin Martin’s curling rink, Deny Morrison’s

team speed skating pursuit squad, Jasey Jay Anderson’s parallel giant slalom efforts and the Canada 1 four-man bobsleigh quartet all swept aside previous black marks

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Teamwork wins Gold Let’s be blunt: The Canadian men’s longtrack speed skating squad had disappointed in the individual events until Saturday. But a gutsy combined effort, not to mention two Olympic record times, scored gold and salvaged pride. See story page 4

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Out on a High Canada’s veteran of Men’s parallel slalom, JayseyJay Anderson finally added olympic Gold to his resume — the only achievement missing from his successes.

Canada Post issued its final set of Olympic Games commemorative stamps on Monday, ending a series of 15 themed stamps depicting Olympic sports, venues, mascots and emblems. The recent stamps show the excitement of children watching Canadian athletes compete in winter sports. Canada Post has also issued a stamp commemorating Alexandre Bilodeau’s win in moguls.

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Right to Play gets boost from athletes By Tuesday afternoon, athlete ambassadors for international sports charity Right To Play had won 17 medals at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, including five from Canadian competitors. Mogul skier Jennifer Heil, skeleton racer Jon

Montgomery and speed-skater Clara Hughes have each won a medal apiece for Canada, and speed-skater Kristina Groves has won two. “These tremendous results will help our organization continue to raise awareness and funds for our programs that use sports and play to improve health and help develop life skills for children

around the world,” said Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play president and a five-time Olympic medalist in speedskating. “We are excited by the success our Athlete Ambassadors are having in Vancouver and Whistler and will continue to cheer them on.” More than 60 athlete

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Local performer Dustin Bentall (right) is joined onstage at ValleyFest in Lynn Valley by his father Barney Bentall (left) as they entertain last week during the Olympic Games celebrations.

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Canada’s Mathieu Giroux (left), Lucas Makowsky and Denny Morrison wear their gold medals after their victory in team pursuit speed skating at the Richmond Oval, Saturday.

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for a four-medal Canadian triumph and a host nation record. It’s also been a long time coming for the Canadian men’s long track speed skating squad, but they finally struck gold Saturday in team pursuit, building on their short track colleagues’ three-medal performance Friday. Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu

Giroux had all been shut out of the medals so far at the Richmond Olympic Oval but they showed up yesterday, setting back-to-back Olympic records in their quarterfinal and semifinal races to earn a chance to outpace the Americans, who skated without individual gold medallist Shani Davis and took home silver. The Dutch skaters were upset by the Americans in the semifinals but set yet another Olympic record in the small

final to claim bronze over Norway and the bragging rights for the fastest time of the competition. The Canadian women’s team, ranked Number 1 in the world and holding the time record, was unexpectedly eliminated by the Americans Friday. To the loud approval of the crowd, Morrison donned a Team Canada hockey jersey before helping Makowsky carry the Canadian flag for a victory lap. After an Olympics that has left downtown Vancouver flooded with people almost every single day, VANOC is warning that travelers should plan ahead because the biggest party is yet to come on Sunday and Monday. To make way for the huge crowds of pedestrians expected to swarm downtown on Sunday, the final day of the Games, several new downtown road closures will be in place, including the Cambie Street Bridge, which will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists. Sections of Beatty, Georgia, Howe and Robson Streets will also be closed off, but with limited access to pedestrians to make way for participants and spectators in the closing ceremonies. Because of the closures, North Shore buses will use Pender and Richards for their turnarounds. To prepare for the closing ceremonies, VANOC is asking residents to leave their cars at home, and use the website to plan trips by transit or ferry and confirm closures and parking restrictions. Waits on public transit are

expected to be longer than usual, and TransLink has suggested that riders should buy passes before arriving at transit hubs to avoid long lineups for tickets. Anyone holding tickets to the closing ceremonies must be in their seats at BC Place by 3:30 p.m. on Sunday; VANOC has assured ticketholders that the gold-medal men’s hockey game will be broadcast inside the stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. Monday is expected to be just as hectic, as an estimated 39,000 athletes, Olympic officials, members of the media and tourists, as well as 77,000 pieces of luggage are expected to be catching flights out of Vancouver International Airport, on what could prove to be the busiest day in its history. YVR is advising travellers to be at the airport as much as four hours before their scheduled departures. To help ease congestion on the roads to the airport, TransLink has announced that the Canada Line Skytrain will run through the night on Sunday and into Monday. Travellers should note that seats on this Skytrain line are positioned slightly higher than other trains to allow suitcases to be stowed underneath.

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From page 1 It was apparent that Martin, who has brushed off countless questions over the years about falling short in international events (just one victory in seven attempts), had a some extra adrenalin flowing against the Norwegians. He barked at his teammates after Morris made line-call errors in the second and fifth ends. The first one, when Morris was over-eager in his directions to Kennedy and Hebert, causing Martin’s shooter to roll out of the rings on a hit, cost his team a chance to score two. “C’mon guys, jeez, no need to jump on it right away,” said a clearly frustrated Martin. Canada was able to take a 3-0 lead through five ends. Martin drew for a single in the second end, then got big misses from Ulsrud in the fourth (a draw to bite the pin was just an inch short) and fifth ends (again, just short on a draw looking at two) to steal singles. It helped matters that Morris was in the midst of a simply spectacular night. He made a triple takeout in the second end to get the sellout crowd into the game, then followed up with tough double takeouts in the fourth and fifth ends that led directly to the Canadian steals. Norway fought back with a deuce in the sixth, but in the seventh, Martin made a gorgeous freeze to a rock in the fourfoot, and Ulsrud’s attempt to remove it with a peel-weight hit fell short, and Martin made the draw to the eight-foot for two to take a 5-2 lead. An end later, another double-takeout from Morris cleaned house, and when Martin made a light-weight tap to score a point in the ninth to go up 6-3, it was just a matter of time before Canada ran Norway out of rocks. As Morris prepared to peel a guard, fans started singing O Canada and the Canadian players paused to soak it in. Moments later, a Martin takeout ended the game and Canada had its 13th gold medal of the 2010 Olympics. It was a fascinating matchup: Martin, of course, lost the 2002 gold-medal final in Salt Lake to Norway, then skipped by Pal Trulsen, who was behind the scoreboard on Saturday, serving as Norway’s national coach. And Ulsrud’s vice-skip on Saturday, Torger Nergaard, was the alternate for Ulsrud’s team. Martin also was playing to give Canada back-to-back Olympic gold medals after Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., won four years ago in Turin.


Finally – gold for Anderson Benjamin Alldritt Veteran Canadian snowboarder Jasey-Jay Anderson won a gold medal in men’s parallel slalom Saturday, beating out Austria’s favourite and eventual silver medallist Benjamin Karl and France’s Mathieu Bozzetto. Anderson was only 10th in qualifying time but saw off his American rival in the round of eight, Slovenia’s Rok Flander in the quarterfinal and Russian Stanislav Detkov in the semis to win his place in the final. The win caps a brilliant career for the 34-year-old Anderson, Canada’s most decorated snowboarder, who boasts three world championship medals as well as four consecutive overall World Cup titles. But Olympic success has escaped him despite four appearances for his country, with his previous best finish a fifth spot in Turin in 2006. “I’m shocked, I don’t know what to say. I had so much to make up and in these conditions it’s pretty much impossible. So many Olympics have eluded me, and this one at one, I can’t even describe it. There’s so much support and so much love and happiness. It’s just the perfect moment,” said an elated Anderson after the race.

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Disadvantaged kids benefit From page 3

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Martin reverses loss to Norway in Salt Lake

Jasey-Jay Anderson of Canada celebrates winning gold in the men’s parallel giant slalom event Saturday at Cypress Mountain.

Anderson’s amazing last-minute performance, in the face of heavy fog at the troubled Cypress Mountain venue, put him more than three-quarters of a second ahead of his Austrian rival — despite starting the second of two runs some three-quarters of a second behind. Anderson’s win helped Canada advance well clear in the gold medal count, notching 13 first-place finishes, clear of Germany’s 10 and the United States’ nine. Introduced in 2002, the event used to see each

rider race against the clock but now calls for racers to compete head to head down similar courses in order to advance.

coaches to run programs encouraging children affected by war, poverty and disease to participate in sports and be active, with the ultimate goal of teaching things like self-esteem, teamwork, conflict resolution and good hygiene. Athlete ambassadors act as role models for the children involved in Right To Play programs, and help with fundraising efforts. In all, 350 athletes in 40 countries act as ambassadors for Right to Play. Drug manufacturer Afexa Life Sciences is also donating $1,000 to Right To Play for each medal won by a Canadian athlete during the Olympics. Right To Play is also hosting a pavilion in Vancouver during the Games, known as the World of Play pavilion, located near the Athletes’ village in False Creek. It features a photo and video gallery of the charity’s work in impoverished nations.

Canada 1 slides to bronze

Canada 1 finished with the bronze medal Saturday after a two-day challenge for a four-man bobsleigh medal in Whistler. Lyndon Rush, David Bissett, Lascelles Brown and Chris Le Bihan hustled through four heats with 151-kilometre-per-hourplus runs but couldn’t improve heat spot and dropped to third in the last run. The margin separating third place from second after four runs was the smallest — and most difficult to accept — possible: 0.01 of a second. The American team was first and the Germans won silver.

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Canadians Heather Moyse (left), Helen Upperton, Kaillie Humphries and Shelley-Ann Brown celebrate after sweeping the gold and silver medals in the women’s two-man bobsleigh event on Feb. 24 in Whistler, B.C.

Team Canada women’s hockey team pose for a victory photo after they blank USA 2-0 in the gold medal game Feb. 25.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada give a gold-medal winning performance in the 2010 Olympic ice dance competition held at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Feb. 22.


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West Vancouver’s Maëlle Ricker rides to victory in the women’s snowboard cross event at Cypress Mountain, Feb. 16. Ricker is the first Canadian woman to win a gold medal on home soil.

Canadian men’s skeleton Olympic champion Jon Montgomery rocks out on the podium after receiving his gold medal at Whistler Village on Feb. 20.


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