A colleague from Toronto summed up the last two weeks of the Olympic Games. “Does anyone remember what he covered two days ago?” He asked in the middle of the Games on his Twitter account to explain the complexity of the 14-hour time difference between us and South Korea. .
P hile you were sleeping, by cons, Canadian athletes were wide awake. As a matter of fact, they set a record for the number of medals won at the Winter Games, beating the former Vancouver brand of 26 in 2010 by three.
There have been great sporting events in PyeongChang, but also the impossibility for some to achieve the desired results. As such, there was no more disappointed than Alex Harvey at the idea of ??leaving the Olympic city without the medal he coveted. He and his father did not hide their pain after the 50 km, Saturday, surely the most touching moment of the last days.
The PyeongChang Olympics will have confirmed Canada’s strength in younger sports, such as short track skating, freestyle skiing, slopestyle, and ski cross. The future looks rosier in these disciplines than in others, more traditional. As such, the medals to Stoneham’s skateboarder, Laurie Blouin, and Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures skier, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, are refreshing.
We have also seen the last two weeks at the end of an era. For many great Quebec athletes, it was the end of their Olympic career.
If the success of Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais is already assured by Samuel Girard and Kim Boutin in short track, we wonder who will follow in the footsteps of Alex Harvey, who reaffirmed Saturday that he had just done his last career Olympic race. It is doubtful whether the next generation of Harvey will have to wait to see his successor in cross-country skiing!
In alpine skiing, Erik Guay would have been a disaster if he had participated in the Games instead of watching them at home while he was healing a back injury. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix will not be seen again in Beijing in 2022, but Laurent Dubreuil and Alexandre St-Jean intend to continue and enjoy the first years of the covered ring to increase their speed. cruise. Retirement imminent also for the workmen Philippe Marquis and Audrey Robichaud, both of Quebec.
At the international level, Norway’s cross-country skiing strength is impressive, as is the Netherlands in long-track speed skating and France in biathlon.
Not easy to cover
On a personal level, these Olympics have been among the most complicated to cover. We always had the impression of having several hours of fall per day, morning, afternoon, evening. Dinners around midnight have never been more frequent than in the last three weeks! And when the press centers throw us out because they close, we have to believe that we are losing the notion of time … In this respect, there will be no respite at the next Olympic Games, since they will have will take place in Tokyo (Japan) in the summer of 2020 and in Beijing in February 2022. There will be no more snow in China than there was in Korea, where it was artificial.
The Olympics remain an immense event, with its exploits, its disappointments, its meetings, its joys, its sorrows, its laughter between colleagues. At the busy Italian restaurant, near the media village, the young woman who serves us asks if we return home soon.
“Did you like Korea?” She asks.
“Yes, people were very welcoming, willing to help, etc.”
“You were safe there?”
“Of course, 100%.”
“Perfect, then, tell everyone that Korea is safe and come visit us, even though there will be no more Olympics.”
There it’s done!