It’s been a strange and exciting week watching the Sochi Olympics from a distance. This is the first Winter Olympics since 2002 that we have not been at. It’s amazing how much easier it is to watch and enjoy all the competition from afar. When we are in an Olympic city we tend to be very busy and by the time we get in front of a television, all competition is over for the day.
One of the most exciting things about these Games is watching all the Canada Games Alumni compete and succeed. The Canada Games truly are the stepping-stone and training ground for Canadian athletes. It was only three years ago that Olympic Moguls Gold Medalist, Dara Howell was competing in Halifax at the Canada Winter Games. Other Canada Games alumni who are now Olympic medalists include Mark McMorris, Charles Hamelin and Kaetlyn Osmond. Amazingly, 16 women on the Hockey team are Canada Games Alumni. On the men’s side not only did Sidney Crosby compete at the Canada Games but also so did four others. Over 40% of the Canadian Olympic team has competed at the Canada Games.
The Canada Games have grown in stature and importance. It is an opportunity for elite athletes to come together and compete at a multi-sport event. We have been honoured and thrilled to produce the Ceremonies for last two Canada Winter Games (2007- Whitehorse, 2011- Halifax). These events have certainly been highlights of our recent projects. Whitehorse was in a deep freeze during the Games, yet the community support was so warm and inviting. We have returned to the Yukon many times since 2007. The city of Halifax was as professional as any international multi-sport Games. I have no doubt Halifax could host much larger events successfully.
In one year we will be in Prince George as the Live Show Producer of the Opening of the 2015 Canada Winter Games. We expect another young crop of future Olympians to be entertained and inspired by our shows and in turn we will be entertained and inspired by their feats not only at the Canada Games but also in future Olympic Games.