Olympics highlight memorable moments

DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:46 PM ET

In 20 years, maybe it will be talked about in the same revered tones as Paul Henderson's goal against the Soviets.

Maybe it will simply be called, The Goal II.

Maybe, just like in '72, people will talk about where they were when Sidney Crosby snapped a bad-angle shot past U.S. goalie Ryan Miller to spark a euphoric outpouring of emotion.

Whatever the future holds, when Sidney Crosby scored Canada's golden goal at the Vancouver Olympics, he provided this country with one of its most memorable moments of the decade, never mind the year. It was, unequivocally, the defining moment of the 2010 Olympics.

But the 2010 Canadian sports scene was dominated by the Olympics, largely as a result of our gold rush in Vancouver. It was, in itself, hands down the biggest story of the year.

Previously anonymous athletes such as Jon Montgomery, Ashleigh McIvor, Christine Nesbitt, Maelle Ricker and Alexandre Bilodeau, gold medallists all, etched their names into Olympic history and the Canadian psyche with inspiring performances. Moguls masher Bilodeau ended Canada's gold drought on home soil on the third day of the Games.

Figure skater Joannie Rochette, QMI Agency's female athlete of the year, captured the hearts of Canadians by winning a bronze medal just days after the death of her mother.

From Bilodeau to Rochette, it was all part of the drama that unfolded on the ice and snow of British Columbia over 17 days last February. What started with a tragedy when Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died in a horrific crash during a training run ended in triumph -- Canada's best-ever showing at a Winter Games.

Hockey fans, though, won't soon forget the surprising playoff run by the Montreal Canadiens. Expected to be fodder for the Alex Overchkin-led Washington Capitals in the first round of the NHL playoffs, the eighth-seeded Habs rolled into the Eastern Conference final before being ousted by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Adopted Canadians Jose Bautista and Roy Halladay captivated baseball lovers across the country, the former for his unexpected power numbers (54 home runs) and the latter for being unhittable ... twice.


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