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I guess it takes the 1st f*cked-up lighting in Olympic history to break the curse, huh?? :D

Congrats, u wild & crazy Canux!!

And to add some salt to (Australia's) wound, Dale Beggs-Smith, Vancouverite-turncoat, gets silver!!

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I guess it takes the 1st f*cked-up lighting in Olympic history to break the curse, huh?? :D

Congrats, u wild & crazy Canux!!

lol - maybe the "Home-Non-Gold-Curse" of Canada is replaced by a "Home-Non-Lightning-Smoothly-Cauldron-Curse" of Canada?

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OMG!!!!!!!! What a night here in Vancouver. And I have the honour of being present tomorrow at BC Place for the first ever Victory Ceremony in tribute to a Canadian athlete winning gold on home snow. Forgive me if I get a little teary eyed. Allons-y Canada! Go Canada!

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OMG!!!!!!!! What a night here in Vancouver. And I have the honour of being present tomorrow at BC Place for the first ever Victory Ceremony in tribute to a Canadian athlete winning gold on home snow. Forgive me if I get a little teary eyed. Allons-y Canada! Go Canada!

wow - that is fantastic Kendegra!!

I suppose the audience will go crazy!

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OMG!!!!!!!! What a night here in Vancouver. And I have the honour of being present tomorrow at BC Place for the first ever Victory Ceremony in tribute to a Canadian athlete winning gold on home snow. Forgive me if I get a little teary eyed. Allons-y Canada! Go Canada!

Have an awesome time!

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and let the sour graping by some australians begin.

Judges cheated Australia and Begg-Smith, Australian official says

Let's just say that the article's head line doesn't do 100% justice to the article, and most Aussies would feel pretty much satisfied with how the event went. The important points that were acknowledged in the story was that DBS needed to actually ski better than Alexandre Bilodeau not just because that was what the judges were looking for, but also to compensate for what was already going to be a very parochial crowd, plus DBS didn't match the speed of Bilodeau.

In the same paper there have been articles that actually diss DBS for his manner as an Australian athlete and another which shows how his almost automaton, passionless approach to winning (or not) is so utterly different to what Bilodeau and Canada experienced. So for a little 'bah, he should have won' there's a good dose of 'he didn't win and we're not unhappy' in the local media.

IMHO I'll always be glad to see an Australian win any colour medal, and DBS has earned the right to be acknowledged and applauded as a great Olympian representing my country. I'm also not enthused about him as a personality (which probably does rate anyway because he feels the same about his own I suspect), whereas Bilodeau's story is one of the great Olympic ones (and in my opinion the best to come out of Vancouver so far)

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OMG!!!!!!!! What a night here in Vancouver. And I have the honour of being present tomorrow at BC Place for the first ever Victory Ceremony in tribute to a Canadian athlete winning gold on home snow. Forgive me if I get a little teary eyed. Allons-y Canada! Go Canada!

That fantastic Ken! So pleased for you! I don't know if I'm just getting emotional in my dotage, or if it's all the Canadiana I've infused over my years on GB, but I'm re ally getting sentimental myself for Canada at these games. So glad our canadian board members get to enjoy all the carnival at home!

Drink it up deep, Mates!

Let's just say that the article's head line doesn't do 100% justice to the article, and most Aussies would feel pretty much satisfied with how the event went. The important points that were acknowledged in the story was that DBS needed to actually ski better than Alexandre Bilodeau not just because that was what the judges were looking for, but also to compensate for what was already going to be a very parochial crowd, plus DBS didn't match the speed of Bilodeau.

In the same paper there have been articles that actually diss DBS for his manner as an Australian athlete and another which shows how his almost automaton, passionless approach to winning (or not) is so utterly different to what Bilodeau and Canada experienced. So for a little 'bah, he should have won' there's a good dose of 'he didn't win and we're not unhappy' in the local media.

IMHO I'll always be glad to see an Australian win any colour medal, and DBS has earned the right to be acknowledged and applauded as a great Olympian representing my country. I'm also not enthused about him as a personality (which probably does rate anyway because he feels the same about his own I suspect), whereas Bilodeau's story is one of the great Olympic ones (and in my opinion the best to come out of Vancouver so far)

I'll second Euesebius on that. We're always glad to get and support Aussie medals of any colour, even if we do lust for Gold. Even so, DBS has never been an affectionate favourite down here - there's always been an ambivalence about him. I really think those down here who follow the games were actually quite overjoyed to see Canada succeed at home at last and were glad to be a part of that moment ourselves.

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Awesome, O Canada was played and now the confetti haha.

Is Dale a borg or something? So emotionless.

This'll give you some idea of his warm regard down here:

Why Mr Miserable leaves us icy cold

PETER FITZSIMONS

WE'LL get to the Canadian-born Dale Begg-Smith and his silver medal for Australia in the Vancouver Winter Olympics, in a sec …

In the meantime, for Australian athletes there are two basic models to be the toast of the nation.

1. Be a champion. Cathy Freeman was our best and our brightest, took on the finest athletes the world could throw at her and still won the 400 metres at the Sydney Olympics, despite having the weight of the nation's expectations on her slender shoulders.

2. Be a "little Aussie battler" who comes good against enormous odds. Step forward, or stumble if you must, Stephen Bradbury, who, after a career-long struggle - where he had previously been reduced to doing victory laps for winning the coin toss - finally came good to win gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics in the men's short-track 1000 metres short. (After the four blokes in front of him fell over.)

In both cases, the athletes were clearly so delighted, so thrilled for themselves and their country, that the nation responded in kind and loved them for it ever after. Which leaves Dale Begg-Smith where, exactly?

Exactly. Under normal circumstances, his enormous achievement of winning a silver medal in the men's moguls yesterday, to back up his gold medal in 2006 for the same event, would have been the occasion for great rejoicing. A major medal in the Winter Olympics? You bloody bah-yooty!

Instead, despite the media hoopla, there has been something very close to a national yawn. Personally, I find it hard to feel any sense of connection with him and even a modest attempt at breast-beating sounds hollow.

Not because he has a hyphen in his name. The nation has long loved Wallaby World Cup winning captain Nick Farr-Jones, regardless.

Not because he speaks with such a non-Australian accent. Allan Moffat, Kepler Wessels and Joe Bugner were all loved in their way, despite thick accents. (And let's not forget Phar Lap, who had a particularly thick accent.)

Not necessarily because away from sport he has made millions of dollars by peddling and pushing internet "spyware" that inserts itself into people's computers and reports every key-stroke - though that certainly doesn't help.

No, it is probably because his whole schtick all seems so ruthlessly joyless. He is infamous for offering monosyllabic answers to journalists. And even in victory, or near victory, he offers nothing. To see him on the podium, between a wildly celebrating American and Canadian, while he looked like he had just sucked on a lemon, was to cringe. All of it might be forgivable if there was the slightest sense he has more than a walnut's worth of feeling for his adopted country.

I am, you are, he says he is, Australian. And of course he has had an Australian passport for six years, since earlier falling out with his native Canadian team - though he still lives in Vancouver. But in all those monosyllabic grunts, it has been hard to ignore gaining the feeling that he couldn't give a flying fig for Australia, and is simply flying a flag of convenience. If he doesn't care for us, why should we care for him? I don't. (And yes, I will be very careful with every key-stroke from now on.)

Sydney Morning Herald

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