I took my son to the announcement party downtown Toronto, this morning. Though I had mixed feelings about having them here, I wanted him to have a historical moment if we did get them. I didn't realize how heartbreaking it would feel if we didn't.
The crowd of about 15,000 was excited and cheering. Everyone happy and chatty as we watched some synchronized mountain-climbiers rappel down the side of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Then the announcement was made and it was like everyone had been squeezed breathless and lifeless all at once. Even the Tibetan protesters didn't have enough life in them to boo....just a heavy groan....
The former little mayor, David Crombie came on to cheer us up and the crowd rallied some energy as many were sadly leaving. A nice note about what Olympian competitors say if they lose to look to the future, and see what you gain from the experience.
Now life goes on as every paper and news show analyzes the results. I can't help wondering how our mayor is feeling. I'm sure if he doesn't, many hold him to blame for a careless remark he made. Too bad this human's mistakes are heard around the world. Funny that the remarks were questioned in a last minute panel of the IOC but Beijing was not questioned about its human rights errors.