No shortage of big moments

JIM HUNT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:09 AM ET

Some Tuesday morning musings on some of the things that amuse, confuse and even amaze a fellow in the wonderful world of fun and games.

MY FAVOURITE TEAM

Canada had teams that quickly made us forget about the men's hockey team that bombed out. Certainly, the women, who allowed just two goals on their way to a gold medal.

My favourite player was Gillian Apps. She comes from an Olympic bloodline. Her grandfather, Syl Apps, who is best known as the captain of the Maple Leafs in the early 1940s, represented Canada in Berlin at the 1936 Olympic Games in the pole vault.

My favourite team was Brad Gushue and his rink from Newfoundland. Schools gave kids in Newfoundland the day off to watch the game. Gushue won rather easily. Russ Howard, the old man on the rink, did look rather silly, though, wearing one of those Olympic hats for the national anthem.

CINDY THE BEST

Cindy Klassen made history winning five medals, the most of any Canadian athlete in one Games. Clara Hughes won the 5,000 metres, the most difficult of the Olympic speed skating races and Cindy placed third in that event.

Of the 24 medals -- a new record from Canada at the Winter Games -- 12 came from speed skating. Canada would seem to be taking over from the Dutch as the new powerhouse of speed skating.

In addition to the medals, we also had 13 athletes finish fourth in their events. Two-thirds of all Canadian athletes who took part in the Games were Olympic rookies.

This young generation of talent will look to come up big four years from now in Vancouver.

WAYNE LOOKED LOST

I've never seen Wayne Gretzky look as baffled as he did after Canada lost to the Russians. Wayne looked as though he could not believe what just happened.

The question that is on the minds of many Canadians is whether he will return to lead Canada toward Vancouver in 2010? If he does, the next question raised will be what role he will take and could that role be behind the bench as coach of Canada's squad.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The CBC did a great job of covering the Olympics, but their coverage at the closing ceremony was not the best. They made Brian Williams, who was brilliant at the opening ceremony, stay home. Ron MacLean, who covered the event, sounded as confused as the Canadian men's hockey team and did not add much to the coverage.


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