winter olympics

Lookback Vancouver 2010 πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

The Winter Olympics in Vancouver took place 10 years ago last month with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron on February 12th 2010. Over the past three weeks I have been celebrating all the amazing athletes and events in the studio bringing back so many great memories. Here is a selection of some of those moments and remarkable athletic achievements.

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mogul magic


 
Remembering the start of Vancouver’s Winter Olympics when 10 years ago today Alex Bilodeau came flying down Cypress Mountain to win the Men’s Moguls Gold Medal.
 

 
Then in 2014 at the Sochi Games he became the first Olympian in history to successfully defend his gold medal in any free style skiing event. Congratulations once again to a true Canadian Olympic hero. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Vancouver 2010 πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

On the 10th Anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics a lookback, with Sarah McLachlan carrying the Olympic Torch, street hockey, drumming on the newspaper boxes, and always thousands in the streets celebrating day and night. Β What a ride it was!
 

 

 
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poetry in motion

Alina Zagitova

If you are suffering from Olympic Games withdrawal like me hopefully the Out of This World poetry in motion of Olympic Gold Medalist Alina Zagitova will help.

a wall worth building

wall of champions

Over the past two weeks, like you no doubt, I have been inspired by all of the amazing athletes of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games who, with their grace, artistry, strength, endurance and teamwork, have shown the world the true meaning of friendship, sportsmanship and peace.

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As I painted each day my “wall of champions” grew higher and higher so that today, as the Games have concluded it has become my way of saying “thank you” to all of the remarkable athletes of the Games for thrilling us each and every day.

As those of you who follow my blog know two heroes of mine, and indeed all of Canada’s, are Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. I thought my few paintings of them fitted well with this week’s Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd for whilst you cannot see their facial expressions in these simple water-colour and ink sketches, their emotions and connectedness are expressed in every move, every gesture and every glance.

Finally, I feel that I have also been an unseen face in the crowd since with every event that I watched both day and night I was there unseen, together with countless millions of others in Pyeongchang and around the world loving every glorious moment.

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electric gold

Olympic Moment XVI – 25.2.18

Thirteen year old Yang Tai-hwan rocks the closing ceremony of the 2018 Olympics shredding Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons; worthy of an honorary Gold Medal.

lucky fifteen

Olympic Moment XV – 25.2.18

Congratulations to Norway’s Marit Bjoergen on winning her 15th Gold Medal in the 30 K Cross Country skiing and becoming the most successful Olympic athlete of all time.

from russia with love

Olympic Moment XIV – 24.2.18

Simply sublime, Alina Zagitova, Olympic Golden Ladies Single Skating champion from Russia.

rhymes with bold

Olympic Moment XIII – 22.2.18

Congratulations to Canada’s Brady Leman, Gold Medal winner in Men’s Freestyle Ski Cross πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

simply the best

Olympic Moment XII – 21.2.18

No other words necessary except “Thank You” to Tessa and Scott for their sublime artistry and athleticism. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦