Wales gold medal

The Vancouver Winter Olympics came to a close on Sunday night after 17 days of extreme competition.

Although America won the most medals of the game winning 37 overall, it was Canada who topped the table with 14 golds, seven silvers and five bronze medals.

Amy Williams for Britain clinched gold skeleton which was the only medal of the games, leaving them 19th on the table.

She goes to say “It’s crazy, I didn’t think I’d be standing here, it’s all such a blur, I can’t remember most of the last run.”

The closing ceremony lasted more than two hours and began with the Olympic flame’s fourth ice crystal leg, which failed to appear during the opening ceremony on the 13th February.

Canadian actors William Shatner and Michael J. Fox were at the closing ceromony poking fun at their country in a self-deprecating manner.

The winter games, which featured 2500 from 82 competing nations begun in the worst way possible with the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili.

The 21 year-old was killed when his sled flipped off the track and he hit a steel pole at 90mph during his training run on the Whistler Sliding Centre track.

Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, admitted the death of Kumaritashvili had hit him hard, “In my profession (doctor) you are used to seeing people pass away, but for acceptable reasons – disease, age.
“But when you see a young athlete pursuing his dream at the Olympic Games end in such an accident, it hurts.”

And with Britain losing out on the semi-finals in men’s and women’s curling and crashing out on the bobsleigh track, British Olympic bosses have defended Team GB’s achievements saying “We have achieved what we set out to do,”
“We never set a target. We just said ‘better than Turin’. Amy’s gold checked off that objective. We would have liked more but that is a good outcome.”


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