It was a perfect ending to an imperfect (but still amazing) winter games. Canada showed the rest of the world that we aren't a bunch of doormats so don't wipe your feet on us when we welcome you to our country. Please and thank you.
We trounced the rest of the world in gold medals, breaking a record for the most won at a winter games and a host country. We broke our own record for total medals won at a winter games.
And oh yes, we beat the good ole' U.S.A in a nail biting OT hockey win that sent this city into a frenzy of high fives, horn honking and WOOOOOhOOOOOOOO's!
If you weren't a fan of the Olympics before, you almost certainly will be now. At least if you live in Canada. And at least for the next few days before the party buzz wears off. What comes next is uncertain. The games have a legacy of lifting their host cities to superstar status but sometimes the come down can be rough. Witness another Canadian host city, Montreal in '76.
But for now, nobody's thinking about it. We just want to revel awhile longer and bask in the glow of what many are saying could be the most successful games ever. Pat yourself on the back, Vancouver. Well done.