Canada's Olympians Sing It Loud, Sing It Proud
You may have missed this when it was posted on Canada Day, a group of this country’s finest Winter Olympians belting out the anthem. It was edited by Chris So of our ace multimedia team at the Star.
It’s quite cute and really worth a gander:
There’s no subtitles identifying the athletes yet, unfortunately – this is a work in progress that will eventually be posted on our Olympic site.
So, let me help you out with this for now. The video opens with 2006 Olympic skeleton champion Duff Gibson, now a coach, with his sons Taye (in green shirt) and Gedion.
Then there’s members of the Canadian long track speed skating team (You can play “Where’s Cindy” and try to spot Cindy Klassen, five-time medalist from the Turin Olympics). World champion Christine Nesbitt is in green to the left and just behind her left shoulder is Olympic medal contender Denny Morrison. The group is carried by medical team leader Gordon Bosworth, (red jacket, folically challenged), an opera caliber singer imported from Great Britain.
They’re followed by alpine skier Jan Hudec wrapped in the flag. The reason he looks like he’s moving funny is he’s actually on a stationary bike, part of his rehab from his latest knee injury. They were all reluctant to sing, but no one more than Hudec. The only thing that probably swayed him was the presence and encouragement of his mom Vladi that day.
The guy holding the mic is snowboarder Matt Morison, who’s in the barn at the family’s hobby farm in Burketon, Ont. I don’t feel so bad after hearing young Mr. Morison sing the anthem. I mean my wife and daughter won’t let me sing in our house because the experience is too painful for them.
But I will say that Matt was a tremendous sport, as were all the athletes who sang for us.