Although the Olympic Games have descended from the mountaintops of beautiful British Columbia, Canada, to the city streets of London, England, the spirit of every Canadian from border to border hasn’t.
“I believe,” the Canadian mantra used to propel Canadian Athletes to the Olympic Podium in 2010 is now a resounding success worldwide, and has forever changed the perception of Canada, Canadians, and the basic belief that anyone who chooses to believe can win!
Truth be told, though, Canada started winning long before the 2010 Games. It’s just that our stereotype of being merely a considerate, compassionate, and humble nation naturally prevented us from saying so. But, the cat is out of the bag. The world now knows that Canada and its people are genuine, conscientious, hard-working, humorous, polite, athletic, successful, warm, resilient, determined, and, most notably, passionate people.
Our Canadian Olympic contingent, soon to cross the Atlantic to compete in the London Games, doesn’t need to win copious amounts of medals to sustain our reputation. Win or lose, they just have to deliver their best effort to overcome any handicap or obstacle that they may be confronted with. That’s success, and success can be measured in a myriad of different ways.
But, more importantly, they simply have to be Canadian. They have to be driven and resolute in pursuit of their personal best, but also, gracious, considerate, and inherently noble at the same time. These are the hallmarks of a champion.
I believe – we believe, actually – any athlete, regardless of whether they are a minor, major, amateur, or professional, Olympic, Special Olympic, or Paralympic athlete, that dedicates his or her effort, time, energy, or focus to represent themselves, their team, or their country is an absolute winner.
This summer issue celebrates the Olympic spirit, Canada’s Summer Olympic Team, as well as our great nation, which recently turned 145 years old.
Regardless of our medal count, and as a result of our fundamental philosophy, Canadians will always enjoy the panoramic view from the top.
Need a few great ways to get in the spirit of the Games? Try splashing some fresh paint on your place, firing up the grill, or hopping on the bike. Whatever it takes, get up for your country and show your pride!
Good luck at the Games and happy belated birthday, Canada!