Waving signs praising their Olympic heroes, hundreds of people packed the international arrivals area at Vancouver International Airport today to greet returning Olympians.
Olympic team closing ceremony flag bearer Christine Sinclair from Burnaby and members of the bronze medal winning Canadian Women’s Soccer Team were among those who landed at YVR Monday morning to be greeted by cheers from adoring fans, many of whom waved Canadian flags or posters, sported their patriotic colours, or carried their soccer cleats.
As the crowd grew and anticipation built for the arrival of the Olympians, fans spontaneously broke out into patriotic song to while the time away, singing O Canada on a couple of occasions.
Among those who couldn’t help but smile was Richmond’s Andre Ho, who competed in the table tennis competition.
Christine Girard, the bronze-medal winning weightlifter, also drew a loud cheer, and was greeted by dozens upon dozens of media members, including TV camera crews and radio reporters.
But it was the arrival of the Canadian women’s soccer team, which earned a bronze medal, that drew the loudest cheers, with Sinclair drawing the greated applause. She was moved to tears as she was joined by goaltender Karina LeBlanc.