Games produced gold-medal quotes

By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER — Some of the best memories at Olympic Games are the comments athletes and officials make during, before and after competition.

There should be medals awarded for quotes, because many are truly outstanding and deserve to be remembered.

And so here, based on medal rank, are some of the best quotes from the Vancouver Olympics.

BRONZE

“My legs were feeling like someone injected them with gravy.” American skier Bode Miller on how he felt before the slalom.

“I’ve never seen someone get to a major event and not compete because they’re scared. You keep your inner fears to yourself and do it. I think he’ll regret this decision for the rest of his life.” Netherlands bobsled coach Tom de la Hunty on his pilot Edwin van Calker’s decision to withdraw from the event.

“I’m not intimidated, not by anything. Not by flowing blond hair. Not by a tanned face. I’m not intimidated by anything, except maybe PETA standing outside with a bucket of blood.” American figure skater Johnny Weir, who has been a target of the animal-welfare group for wearing fur.

“We have 80,000 girls playing hockey in Canada, we have around 60,000 in the United States and we have 267 girls playing in Slovakia. If 80,000 girls are playing 267, that’s the 18-0.” IIHF Rene Fasel on the state of women’s hockey.

SILVER

“Hockey is not a sport in Canada. It’s a cult.” USA men’s team GM Brian Burke.

“Wayne Gretzky is the obvious choice. Hey wait — isn’t Pamela Anderson Canadian?” American skier Ted Ligety on who should light the cauldron.

“Same thing like if it was the Canadians. It’s a disaster. It’s the end of the world.” Russian goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on what the reaction will be at home after losing in the quarterfinals to Canada.

“Today, my girlfriend also took bronze. I think I don’t sleep much tonight.” French biathlete Vincent Jay after winning a bronze.

GOLD

“I think I have seen too much porn in the last 14 days. I have the room next to Petter (Northug) and every day there is noise in there. So I think that is the reason I @#$%^& up.” Norwegian cross-country skier Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset on his performance in the men’s relay.

I have my own favorite comment from the Games, though it’s not particularly clever or amusing. But it did represent my mood on most nights as deadline approached.

Before the start of the women’s gold-medal hockey game, an exuberant fan, donned head to foot in Team Canada gear, stopped by our work station and, with the widest of smiles on his face, screamed: “Go Canada Go! Whew! Yeah! Hey pal, you want a prediction? Whewwwwww!”

Without looking up from my computer, I snapped: “Not really.”

The man looked hurt. He then looked over at my buddy, Tim Wharnsby, of CBC.ca and said: “What an a--hole” before walking away, defeated and demoralized.

And then there was the time I barked at some cheering French journalists to pipe down (who, of course, did) and yelled “While we’re young” at a confused bus driver, who slammed on his brakes in frustration.

Actually, this has been one of my favorite Olympic experiences.

No sleepwalking into the lobby stark naked in the middle of the night, no wrestling with security guards, no volunteers heaving on my computer bag.

I never even told any bosses to, you know, stick something somewhere. It’s been a blast.

steve.buffery@sunmedia.ca

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