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03.03.2010 - Canada congratulated and bid more than 26,000 Olympians goodbye as they ended the 2010 Winter Olympics. They celebrated 17 days of exciting competition and friendship among different nations who participated in the said event.

John Furlong, the CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games (VANOC) delivered his message to all athletes and spectators. “We have lived the agony and the ecstasy with you as if we ourselves were competing. Boys and girls you will never meet now know that it is possible to achieve greatness through the power of a dream...

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“I believe we Canadians tonight are stronger, more united, more in love with our country, and more connected with each other than ever before. These Olympic Games have lifted us up. That quiet, humble national pride we were sometimes reluctant to acknowledge seemed to take to the streets as the most beautiful kind of patriotism broke out all across our country.

“And finally to those who have watched us all over the globe we hope you enjoyed these Games and the telling of our humble Canadian story. The young men and women you sent here are coming home? you can be very proud of them.”

The closing ceremony featured the official handover of the Olympic flag by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson to Anatoly Pakhomov, mayor of Sochi, Russia who will become the Host City of the 22nd Olympic Winter Games in 2014. Three of Canada's famous stars gave special appearance that evening.

They are William Shatner who was part of Star Trek, comedienne Catherine O'Hara, and the Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox. There was also a musical number with Michael Buble who sang The Maple Leaf Forever and he was joined by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), tabletop hockey players, voyageurs, lumberjacks, dancing canoes, flying maple leaves, giant inflatable beavers and moose. Some other singers also joined the stage like Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morrisette, Simple Plan and Hedley.

Special Thanks to Michelle Mallari of Telus Mobility for this article.

For more of the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics you can read about it HERE!

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