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So what do people have planned for Sunday morning? For Canadians, hockey does have a tendency of elbowing other events aside at the Winter Olympics, and the sport showed its star power again on Thursday and Friday.

It’s too bad we didn’t have other things that could draw people together the way the hockey games did those two days. It got to be a bit of a joke – starting with the women’s hockey gold medal win the day before the men’s – that employees at work stations were streaming action online. Or they were congregating in lunchrooms to watch it on TV, while management shrugged and realized kicking people back to work would just be fighting the tide.

Sticking with the tube had its advantages anyway, since some places found their Internet network sluggish and overburdened by people trying to keep pace with action at their desk.

At any rate, with the 1-0 win over the U.S., the Canadian men’s team earned a spot in the gold medal round Sunday, facing Sweden, starting 8 a.m. AST.

As a side note, it would be interesting to see a survey of workplace productivity across the nation on Friday. We expect the equivalent of a couple of hours of production would have been lost, but as many will cheerfully add, it was worth it. The Olympics don’t happen every day.

It’s been a topsy-turvey two weeks for this country in Sochi at the international event, but the last couple of days have been particularly exhilarating with a pickup in medal wins. By Friday, Canada experienced a significant rise in medal standings and was still in line for at least a couple more. At that point the country was just short of its record haul of 26 in the Vancouver games four years ago.

It will be a bit like coming off a sugar rush as people head back to work as usual on Monday. But for two glorious weeks, proud Canadians cheered as a team, watching athletes from this country turn in their best performances and see the hard work pay off.

Geographic location: U.S., Sweden, Sochi Canada Vancouver

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