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Oh, what a moment for Canada

March 1, 2010 - Neil Rudel

I was rooting for the Americans, obviously, to beat Canada in Sunday's gold-medal hockey game.

But I wasn't too disappointed when Sidney Crosby ended the game in overtime with a goal for Canada.

For one, the game -- and the Americans' performance throughout the tournament -- was fantastic. Two, Crosby plays for the Penguins and has always represented himself and city with class.

More than that, however, is how much the gold clearly meant to Canada. The lovefest was no doubt fueled by the Vancouver venue, along with the fact that all Canadian kids grow up to be hockey players. It's not like the U.S., where football, basketball and baseball are more popular.

Even though there were top NHL stars on Canada's team, the Olympic spirit was evident -- more so than when the USA Dream Team wins the gold in basketball.

As Crosby and his teammates stood arm in arm singing "Oh, Canada," I found myself singing with them.


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