'Big splash' not easy for Canadians

Updated: February 13, 2010, 10:25 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The official slogan of these Olympics -- the English version, at least -- is "With Glowing Hearts," a phrase cribbed from the country's beautiful, soaring national anthem.

The full line is "With glowing hearts we see thee rise." The unsung, parenthetical part of that lyric is that Canadians tend to glow with pride internally and keep their mouths shut about it. Humility is as much a cultural emblem as the maple leaf and the long vowel.

Yet ...

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