CANOE NAGANO '98 ISP DIRECTORY
More Blatchford Columns
February 23, 1998
Gretzky deserved flag honor
By CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD -- Toronto Sun
NAGANO -- It took a Russian, head coach Vladimir Yurzinov, speaking through one of those wonderful translators who can make a breakfast order sound profound and moving, to say it.
Explaining that the European style of hockey and the North American (read Canadian) each has considerable merit, and that this Olympic tournament has proven that "some reciprocity and mutual respect would be in order," he added with a shrug, "we're not supposed to all pray to just one god."
Feb. 23: Full story
He's One Great Canadian
By CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD
NAGANO -- There comes a point, at every Olympic Games I have ever covered, when I am torn by two equally fierce and diametrically opposed emotions.
One is to run screaming from wherever it is I have just spent two weeks-plus, in this case Nagano, one of the ugliest small cities it has ever been my pleasure to visit; the other is to move there forever.
The first is born in fatigue, physical and spiritual, in endless days spent on buses on which, invariably, as my colleague Steve Buffery says, one finds oneself cheek-to-jowl with profusely sweating Bulgarian journalists who rigorously disdain bathing, and in disappointment, here, chiefly the failure of the Canadian hockey team to win a gold medal. The second is a langorous, foolish mellowness, and has its roots in glorious memories, small and large both, and a desire that the fun should not ever end.
Feb. 22: Full story
Feb. 21: No excuses from our guys
Feb. 20: It's no longer our game alone
Feb. 19: 'Our chance for redemption
Feb. 18: 'Saddest silver ever awarded'
Feb. 17: Faux fun under Big Hat
Feb. 16: It's the voyage that counts
Feb. 15: Elvis' Heartbreak Hotel
Feb. 14: Is Eric's mettle golden?
Feb. 13: A day of firsts for a Golden Boy
Feb. 12: 'Boarder gets medal back
Feb. 11: Inside Wayne's world
Feb. 10: Curlers sweep into heart of Olympics
Feb. 9: Hockey women do us proud
Feb. 8: COA plain rude - in any language
Feb. 7: Why was Elvis loser in flag flap?
Feb. 6: Frankly, gay rumors a bust