Olympic rock stars toasted

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:52 PM ET

There was an emotional moment Monday night at the Saville Centre as an event honouring Canada’s gold medal curling champs was drawing to its conclusion.

After the speeches and the stories ended, the crowd of fans and well-wishers broke into an impromptu version of O Canada.

It’s been a couple of months since Kevin Martin’s team had its gold-medal performance, but for the teams members, it was a moment they can never forget.

One by one, they stepped to the microphone, regaling their favourite Olympic moment.

There was the story about how the team came across a solitary figure on the way back from the opening ceremonies, sitting on a park bench.

The team still had some liquid refreshments left, so they adjourned to Sidney Crosby’s room for an all-nighter.

Then, there was the electric moment when the crowd in Vancouver broke into their version of O Canada in their game against Great Britain.

Another team member recalled how coach Jules Owchar ended up in quarantine for a couple of days after he had a sniffle. By the time the team caught up with him, Owchar had a whole collection of pictures of hockey’s Team Russia, who he spend some time with as the only Canadian in the Olympic cafeteria.

Then, the skip came up and recalled how the team was making its way to the downtown Vancouver studios of CTV to do an interview with Brian Williams.

As the van rolled through the crowd of 250,000 people, the crowd became aware the Kevin Martin team, who had won the gold medal hours before, were surrounded by the crowd.

The van could not make it to the studio and had to do a telephone interview.

“Marc (second Kennedy) said ‘this is the closest we’ll ever be to being the Beatles,’ ” said Martin.

That’s the kind of night it was for Edmonton’s Olympic rock stars.

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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