Da Svedania, Sochi (до свидания, Сочи), Goodbye

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi ended on Sunday – Monday already here in Sakhalin.  My two weeks plus of TV addiction are over.

With the time zone differences between here and Sochi, we ended up watching replays of most events.  In some ways, it is good to already know that your team won the hockey game, when the opposition is swarming like angry bees around your goal. Funny how I was still on the edge of my seat though, even when I knew they wouldn’t score.  We did see the final period of the US – Canada game live, and I spent the whole time with my heart in my mouth, urging my team to get just one more goal for insurance, even though I had seen in the ladies game just how small a 2-0 lead can be.  Luckily, they pulled it off, and we went on to win gold in both men’s and ladies’ hockey.

And, of course, I can’t forget to mention how well our curlers did. To a lot of the world, this looks like a very strange sport, but to those of us that grew up in Canada, and especially on the prairies, it is as familiar as snow drifts and wind.  In every small prairie town, the winter gathering place was the curling rink, where farmers who were busy on the land during the rest of the year could gather, visit, and while away the hours together.  We grew up with curling brooms (they used to really be straw brooms) in our hands, sliders on our shoes, and playing a game that could be played by young and old alike.  The Scots like to say they invented the game, but maybe the Canadians have perfected it??????

It was a challenge to see the closing ceremonies, especially since I had a busy day planned. and it was extraordinary. I am totally amazed at what they did with projection – how all of a sudden there were dry paths across the stormy seas so the athletes could walk out.P1080089

No more talk – here are a few shots of this spell-binding ceremony. They aren’t great photos, but give you an idea of the colour and imagination…… and I hope, will inspire you to watch the closing ceremonies if you have the chance.

Children’s choir singing the Russian national anthem –P1080076

An amazing drum corps –P1080079

The flags coming in –P1080083

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Three Russians receiving their medals for a cross country skiing event.  They also gave the medals to the three Norwegians.P1080101

Here there were dancers on the floor and upside down houses seemingly floating through the air, but sometimes it looked the other way round….. How on earth????P1080111

They had a dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow (look at the pattern of shadows) –P1080118

A circus –P1080130 P1080131

A tribute to great Russian authors – P1080124

A balloon ship sailing overhead.P1080146

The mascots cam in – and the bear blew out the Olympic flameP1080133

and a tear trickled down his cheek.P1080135

There were tears on the cheeks of many of the spectators – including me.

And then there were fireworks outside –P1080052

and a disco inside for the athletes.  Here is the DJ.P1080032

The games are over.  They went off well, with no terrorist attacks, with good sportsmanship and incredible talent.

I wonder if  all our politicians  were required to be athletes, would the world be a safer and happier place?

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2 Responses to Da Svedania, Sochi (до свидания, Сочи), Goodbye

  1. Evelyn in SW Ontario says:

    I agree, Kathi, the games were wonderful from the opening ceremonies to the closing ones.
    When I first started curling in high school, we used the old straw brooms. My 3 grandsons 9, 10 and 12 all curl and look at me strangely when I tell them about picking bits of straw off the ice.
    So proud of all who competed – must have been thrill for them no matter where they finished.
    Back to normal now….and the sewing machine.

  2. cuz says:

    AGREED with Evelyn in SW Ontario…..just a tiny break and now I am into the BRIER….still no sewing…and soon it will be spring ..then gardening will win the race!!!!

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