For a few weeks, the noise disappears and is replaced by true patriotic pride. There is no way to escape the coverage as every restaurant or other business you go to either has it on the television or the radio, or is talking about the games. Bosses have the games on in their office, other people are following the news about Canadian athletes on-line.
Similar to the Pan Am games coverage, I remember the 2014 Sochi Olympics fondly. Many of the events I caught right in my college classroom. There was even a time I went in during our time off ready to get some work done, and in the end I also saw many of the medal events and ended up talking with many people about it. I liked this because in a way it bonds us as a people together and some of the stress or pressure tends to dissipate. These kinds of events bring sports fans and non-sports fans together in support.
The faces behind the medals are also revealed through the coverage, as we empathize with the pressure that the, over 700 Canadian athletes are competing under, and we act as an almost second family for our athletes. Seeing people who have not yet been exposed to the spotlight winning medals is probably the most heartwarming experience. To see their expressions, their smiles, after months of dedication is incredible. I can tell they will cherish that medal and moment forever. It reminds me that there are some incredible people right in our own neighbourhoods.
It also reminds me how great we as Canadians are, as we always tend to take care of our own. The fact that the majority of posts on my Twitter news feed was news about Canadian athletes performing magnificent feats proves that point.
It is also a fantastic feeling to see our country leading the medal standings, as Canada was at the time I was writing this. It may be the fact that I am a sports fan, but being able to check the results and see where we are at on an international scale always tends to excite me. It’s just more stats to have fun with.
People also get to see others doing amazing things that some of us would not really be able to do. I was watching some of the gymnastic events, such as parallel bars and the rings, this past weekend and was astounded at what some people can do. It is almost a large scale talent show for the masses, but with people competing in select events.
Now, I know that these games are more for geared towards preparing athletes for the Olympics. But, regardless of that fact, it is still a special time for all Canadians. For those who have gone or are going to any of those games, you will have a good story to tell when people ask, where were you when the Pan Am games came to Toronto? It may be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
As a journalist, I can’t wait to hear stories from the many people involved in the games from volunteers to athletes after they return.
Enjoy the summer coverage everyone and Go Canada Go! Lets keep dominating the medal standings.