Olympic endeavours

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Olympic endeavours

There’s no denying it: McGill University has had a major impact on the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

From our graduates working behind the scenes to our students soaring into the history books, Vancouver 2010 has highlighted the diverse talent and global reach of the McGill community.

Now, as the Games wind down, we thought it’d be fun to recount our favourite McGill Olympic moments. Here they are, in no particular order:

  • An electric, zero-emissions snowmobile developed in McGill’s Faculty of Engineering carries the Olympic torch during the homestretch of the flame’s cross-country journey.
  • Members of the Canadian women’s hockey team meet up with fellow McGillians in Vancouver for some pre-Games cheer. And now they are Olympic champions. Congratulations to all the members of Team Canada!
  • Management student Jenn Heil skis, jumps and flips her way to Canada’s first medal of Vancouver 2010, a silver in freestyle moguls. (In a strange coincidence, Hannah Kearney, the American skier who took home gold in the event, is the daughter of two McGill grads: Jill Gass, BEd’79, and Tom Kearney, MA’79.)
  • Two protégés of sports psychology consultant Wayne R. Halliwell, MA’73, win the country’s first two medals, including our first gold on home soil.
  • Head Coach Mike Babcock, BEd’86, wears his lucky McGill tie and leads the Canadian men’s hockey team to the gold medal!
  • The Canadian Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee, which include a number of McGill grads, treat athletes and spectators from around the world to a well-organized, highly successful Olympic Games.

What has been your favourite Olympic moment, McGill-related or otherwise? Share your thoughts and comments below.

McGill student Jenn Heil shows off her silver medal. © Getty Images

McGill student Jenn Heil shows off her silver medal. © Getty Images

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