Sidney Crosby’s gold-medal winning, overtime goal against the United States is Metro Vancouver’s newsmaker of the year for 2010.
The goal, arguably the biggest of Crosby’s career, slammed an exclamation point onto the end of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the most exciting event in the city’s history.
For two weeks in February, Vancouver was on display to millions around the world. And though they began with tragedy (the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili) and embarrassment (a mechanical failure caused one of the Olympic cauldron’s arms to remain slumbering in the floor of B.C. Place), by the end, the Games had exploded into a wave of red-draped patriotism and joy that swept through the city.
Nowhere was that patriotism more apparent than Robson and Granville streets, where hordes of screaming, flag-waving, face-painted Canadians gathered to scream on their country’s success. An estimated 150,000 people poured onto downtown streets as the winning goal ignited the biggest street party the city has ever seen.
Across the country, 22 million Canadians (about two-thirds of the country’s population) watched as Crosby took a pass from a falling Jarome Iginla and snapped it past goaltender Ryan Miller to beat the Americans 3-2 in overtime.
Ironically, Crosby was one of the few Canadians that didn’t see the puck go in the net.
“I just shot it and didn’t see it after that,” Crosby told reporters in a post-game scrum.
“I dreamed of this moment,” he said. “It’s pretty incredible.”