If you’re anything like me, you may have been enjoying the recent action from the Winter Olympics, hosted in Vancouver. The American and Canadian teams have been cleaning up most of the medals, with 37 (9 gold) and 26 (14 gold) respectively. The opening ceremony was as flashy and impressive as ever, but apparently has enraged residents of Quebec, who thought that the Olympic anthem “I Believe”, originally performed entirely in English by Canadian teen singer Nikki Yanofsky, did not represent or give appropriate consideration to the Francophone population of Quebec.
[...] after a firestorm of criticism from Quebec that the opening ceremony for the Vancouver Games paid too little attention to French-speaking Quebec, the CTV-led broadcast consortium assembled Yanofsky, Villeneuve and a backing chorus early Saturday morning at 2 a.m. at a deserted Olympic Cauldron, just west of the International Broadcast Center, for a reshoot.Source: reuters.com
Thus for the closing ceremony, a mixed English/French rendition of the anthem – re-titled “I Believe / J’imagine” and performed by both Yanofsky and Annie Villeneuve, a performer from Quebec – was recorded at the last minute, and is set to be performed during the Olympics closing ceremony tonight.
There have been quite a few last minute changes made by the Olympic Organization Committee to reflect the multilingual nature of Canada, though this looks to be the most major (and probably final) change for the Winter Olympics this year. What a fantastic couple of weeks it has been!