2010Mar 1

Julie Anne Keown SPAD’96 Reflects on her Olympic Experience

Julie Anne Keown SPAD’96 has started to share her post- Olympic thoughts with us all. Julie had curling, figure skating, cross country skiing, bobsleigh, and women’s hockey tickets and attended the Olympics from Feb 17 to 23 (yes we are all just a little jealous). Julie tried to share during her time at the Games but suffered a lack of wifi – which should be a crime today!!

Here are few excerpts from Julie’s blog

Julie Keown SPAD'96 shares her Olympic experience

The last 2 weeks have been unbelievable and unforgettable. The week that I spent in Vancouver is something I will never forget. Witnessing Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win a gold medal was simply incredible. Seeing athletes that I’ve known for years compete at the Games never gets old.

The athletic competition always gets me and there were a ton of memorable moments.

The most memorable and inspiring part of the games for me is the new attitude that we seem to have as Canadians. I have never seen so much Canada clothing, red and white, or maple leafs in my life. The only thing that I can compare the atmosphere in Vancouver with is the 2002 Canadian Gold medal hockey win. Every night. It was unbelievable. People shouting out “Go Canada!” randomly on the streets. Canadian pride is finally on display. All I can say is it is about time. I really hope that we don’t lose this feeling. I hope it isn’t some thing that gets extinguished with the flame. I hope this is a enduring legacy of these Games. Canada, lets keep our swagger. We are simply the best country in the world. The coolest country. We can still be the polite Canadians. We can say “Excuse me” as we blast by some one, in athletics or in anything else. This is a kick ass country and it is time we believe it.

Julie shares more on her blog and promises she will be adding more – so stay tuned. Thanks Julie for sharing your experiences and extending the reach of SPAD at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

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