The Winter Olympics are over. No more all-night vigils to see Lawes and Morris in mixed doubles curling, Kim Boutin speed skating, Mark McMorris snowboarding and Mikaël Kingsbury mogul-skiing before bounding onto the medal podium.
Boutin won three medals, including one on a judge’s ruling that caused her to receive death threats. She handled the situation with aplomb and earned the privilege of carrying Canada’s flag in the closing ceremonies.
There were so many highlights coming from 29 medals, a Canadian record. Picking a favourite moment is nearly impossible, but the consensus is probably the figure skating performances of Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue.
There were also some disappointments, specifically in curling and hockey. And watching Alex Harvey, Canada’s best cross-country skier, place fourth in his final event was heart-wrenching. Two Russians placed ahead of Harvey, so knowing that country’s penchant for state-wide doping, Canadians can now wait and watch to see if they pass their drug tests.