What Canada should watch for in Sunday's Closing Ceremonies at B.C. Place:
1. Who’s going to perform? VANOC is promising a light-hearted tone, not unlike Calgary in 1988.
As far as performers are concerned, most could tolerate pop singer Michael Bublé being a shoo-in to lay some lost-puppy-dog eyes on his key demographic. He is from Vancouver and all. However, including both Bublé and Nickelback would show Canada at heart is afraid to take any cultural risks in front of the world.
There are better ways to say goodbye than with a soft-pop singer and a glorified bar band whose songs all sound alike. It's still better than Celine Dion, who thankfully won't be coming.
Diana Krall, Avril Lavigne and k-os have also been mentioned. Two of those three would be palatable. Krall is the third.
2. How much French? It was a sore spot after the opening ceremony on Feb. 12 that one of Canada's three founding cultures was scarcely acknowledged.
VANOC boss John Furlong denies anything was changed to address concerns from federal and Quebec politicians, but says there will be enough Francophone representation.
3. Joannie Rochette leading in the Canadians. Following much speculation, the Canadian Olympic Committee elected to have the country's figure skating heroine serve as flag bearer. Rochette shone through the death of her mother, Thérèse, to win a bronze in women's figure skating, Canada's first medal in the event isince Elizabeth Manley in 1988. There was an obvious emotional pull.
4. Terry Fox Award presentation. Rochette and Slovenian cross-country skier Petra Majdic will receive the Terry Fox Award, presenteds to the athlete who shows determination and humility in the face of obstacles. Expect that to also be one of the emotional moments of the night.
5. And that's the word. How deep will Jacques Rogge dig into Roget's to describe the 2010 Games? The IOC president has scrupulously avoided calling any Games the "best" during his tenure, but is on record saying it will be a positive term. That much we know.