The celebration of athletic achievement went well beyond the borders of Prince Albert last week
The Winter Olympics wrapped up on Sunday with a true Canadian double-double; we took home gold in men and women’s hockey and curling.
Three of those squads showed utter dominance.
The men’s hockey team seldom made a mistake as they collected our ninth Olympic gold medal.
The first team to go unbeaten since the Soviet team in 1984, they didn’t give up a goal in the last 164 minutes they played.
Jennifer Jones and her Manitoba rink also went unbeaten in Sochi, becoming the first female Canadian rink to win gold since Saskatchewan’s beloved Sandra Schmirler did it in 1998.
The men’s curling team went 9-2 at the Olympics, winning gold with a 9-3 drubbing of Great Britain.
It’s the first time we’ve claimed both curling golds in the same Olympics.
The women’s hockey team chose a different route to victory, overcoming a 2-0 deficit with a pair of goals in the last four minutes to tie and winning it in overtime.
While anyone who watched gives them high marks for their flair for the dramatic, this might be a good chance to remind the women that we’re equally comfortable with a less stressful 9-1 win.
To all of Canada’s athletes -- winners or not -- thank you for your sacrifice and hard work.
While you can debate whether spending $50 billion on a two-week entertainment spectacle is a solid use of the money -- OK, you really can’t; it’s inexcusable -- that’s a discussion for another day.
We’ll let the Russians pay those bills and we’ll concentrate instead on some of the hardware that came home.
All is well for another four years in Canada with the four gold medals that matter most safely inside our borders.
Prince Albert Daily Herald