This is from NBC Olympic Anchorman & Managing Editor Brian Williams....
After tonight's broadcast and after looting our hotel mini-bars, we're going to try to brave the blizzard and fly east to home and hearth, and to do laundry well into next week. Before we leave this thoroughly polite country, the polite thing to do is leave behind a thank-you note.
Thank you, Canada:
For being such good hosts.
For your unfailing courtesy.
For your (mostly) beautiful weather.
For scheduling no more than 60 percent of your float plane departures at the exact moment when I was trying to say something on television.
For not seeming to mind the occasional (or constant) good-natured mimicry of your accents.
For your unique TV commercials -- for companies like Tim Hortons -- which made us laugh and cry.
For securing this massive event without choking security, and without publicly displaying a single automatic weapon.
For having the best garment design and logo-wear of the games -- you've made wearing your name a cool thing to do.
For the sportsmanship we saw most of your athletes display.
For not honking your horns. I didn't hear one car horn in 15 days -- which also means none of my fellow New Yorkers rented cars while visiting.
For making us aware of how many of you have been watching NBC all these years.
For having the good taste to have an anchorman named Brian Williams on your CTV network, who turns out to be such a nice guy.
For the body scans at the airport which make pat-downs and cavity searches unnecessary.
For designing those really cool LED Olympic rings in the harbor, which turned to gold when your athletes won one.
For always saying nice things about the United States...when you know we're listening.
For sharing Joannie Rochette with us.
For reminding some of us we used to be a more civil society.
Mostly, for welcoming the world with such ease and making lasting friends with all of us.
I decided to follow the 2010 Winter Olympics mainly because my children are at the age where they can understand the meaning of unity and patriotism and what it means to be a Canadian. I wanted them to feel proud of who they are and where they live. In the end, I accomplished my mission with flying colours. All throughout the Games, both my daughters were fascinated by the abilities & determination of these hardworking athletes from all around the world. This only stressed the message we have been trying to teach our girls is that anything is possible when you put your mind and heart into it. Greatness can be achieved through the power of a dream
Stephen Moccio and Alan Frew created a wonderful score that embraces the spirit of the Olympic Games. "I Believe" sung beautifully by Nikki Yanofsky, has resonated across this country powerfully uniting Canadians. From the awestruck child witnessing the Olympic Torch pass them by leading to the Games to the Gold Medal winning goal by Sidney Crosby 7:40 into overtime play, Canadian athletes have done us proud !
I just wanted to share some of my favourite moments from the Games and I invite you to do the same! There were so many ! So proud to be a Canadian!
Believe in the power of you and I.
Anything is possible.
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