Driving home from Midland this afternoon I was amazed at the lack of traffic on the 400 series highways. I expected, because of the Pan Am games, taking place in Toronto, Hamilton and other spots around Southern Ontario that roads would be blocked but they were not and we made good time on the trip home.
As pleased as I am that we didn’t get tangled up in traffic I’m sure the organizers, tourist spots and perhaps the athletes are a little surprised at the lack of hype about the games.
The only thing I heard about the games before the event was complaints from motorists about the HOV lanes and how their schedules to work were going to be difficult.
When the Olympics came to Canada we heard all sorts of wonderful promotion. Even when they are not in Canada we get big build up about the events but for this one, which is basically the pre game show for the Olympics, there has been virtually nothing.
Canada is cleaning up at these games and I have no idea how these talented and devoted athletes got this far in their development without any of the regular folks knowing it. Why aren’t we there? Why aren’t the parks overflowing with enthusiastic fans cheering the athletes on.
I am not a person who watches much sports but I do enjoy some of the Olympic sports and have watched with pride at other summer games as our athletes crossed finish lines and won medals. Perhaps if I watched more regularly I would know more but I am very surprised at my own ignorance about these games. While I’ll take some of the blame I must say the media and perhaps games organizers have done a very poor job of promoting this great event and I am perplexed about why they have kept it such a secret. Guess it just doesn’t sell like baseball, hockey and Olympics but it should.
Bravo to our brave young athletes for representing us with such determination and courage when we hardly knew what was happening.
Take a look at the medal count.