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GOLD for Joannie Rochette. "The motherless young woman is every Canadian's daughter right now," is the way Rosie DiManno summed it up, writing in the Toronto Star.

GOLD to Dan Boyle, for not thinking too much and scoring a lot as Canada reaches the men's semi-finals.

GOLD for skipping security. A cheering, counting crowd surrounded a jump rope demo at Robson and Burrard this week, urging on two participants. Upon closer inspection the two skippers proved to be Vancouver cops. "We got up to 21," one officer later reported, somewhat breathlessly.

GOLD for the words Indifference, Disgust, Anger, Proud To Be A Canadian and Enthusiasm. Those are the top five words used by residents of the host cities to describe the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee according to this poll by Vision Critical, an arm of Angus Reid Public Opinion.

GOLD to the Museum of Anthropology for being the best crowd-free must-see during the Olympics. Many of Vancouver's top museums have seen a spike in visitors. The Vancouver Art Gallery, for instance, has had about 61,000 visitors since the games began. But the Museum of Anthropology on the UBC campus has not done as well, despite great reviews.

"The artifacts that this museum possesses in its collection are truly astounding," wrote Khamis H. of Phoenix, AZ on one forum. "I felt extremely lucky to make it across town after wasting time trying to see some silly Olympic venue."

During the Cultural Olympiad, the museum unveiled $55.5 million dollars in renovations, some of which began before the Olympic bid was won. The reopening attracted thousands of visitors when full access to the building began on Jan. 23. Some expected a similar surge during the Olympics. Instead, says gift shop worker Eleanor Dean, "all of a sudden it's gone quiet."

Donald Sutherland, Queen Sonja from Norway, and President Horst Köhler of Germany are among those who have visited the museum. And an official told The Tyee that visits are up six per cent over last February.

But Wednesday Paul Marsh stood before a glass display case filled with Kwakwaka'wakw mourning masks, savoured the uncrowded quiet, and said he liked the fact that were fewer people around. Dean agreed, suggesting people visit to "get away from the madness of downtown."*

GOLD to Olympian binners, and to the City of Vancouver, for cleaning up. While revelers have been partying hard downtown during the games, one of Vancouver's biggest community-powered recycling outfits has been keeping the city clean and profiting from the celebration.

United We Can, a non-profit bottle depot operating out of the Downtown Eastside, received a $50,000 grant from the city in January to expand their Urban Binning Unit program during the Olympics. The program gives binners sturdy carts and access to local businesses to collect recyclable products that the depot then pays them cash for.

About 66 binners have been added to the program to collect from 200 designated collection sites over the course of three daily shifts, Brian Dodd, executive director of United We Can, told The Tyee. Binners travel on predetermined routes and collect from destinations like GM Place and Robson Square. At this time of the year, the depot is usually dishing out $5,000 to $7,000 dollars per day to workers, but that amount has nearly doubled, according to Dodd.

"We usually take in up to 20 million containers per year," said Dodd. "We expect that number to skyrocket because of the Olympics."

Tyee Slideshow- Non-Profit Bottle Depot Doubles Business from Justin Langille on Vimeo.

GOLD to Johnny Weir for scrum stamina. The American figure skater started a press conference at 4 p.m. today and two hours later he was still going strong with no sign of stopping, we're told.

BRONZE for reckless bravery to the Western Standard's Hugh MacIntyre for his defense of Conservative Gary Lunn's refusal to pony up more money for athletes. "If you want to spend your life perfecting your going up and down big hills technique, then you should have to do it on your own dime," writes MacIntyre. "The only reason why our money is being given to these people and their hobbies is petty nationalism... It is pure tribalism; some misguided attempt to make people happier that they are Canadian."

Points off, though, for unclear sentence construction at the end. Is he saying the attempt is "misguided" because sports heroes shouldn't make us happier to be Canadians, or does he mean that no matter what you try, only a fool would believe Canadians could become happier about who we are?

FACEPLANT for the "autogratuity" of 15 to 20 per cent automatically being tacked onto bills by some bars and restaurants in Vancouver during the Olympics. Working from tweets sent by her readers, the blogger Spiffle is compiling a list (which The Tyee cannot verify and does not therefore endorse) of "nice price" and "profiteer" eating and drinking establishments in town.

FACEPLANT to a Robson busker. Last Friday at Robson and Burrard, a crowd clapped and cheered for a marching band from Abbotsford's Mennonite Educational Institute. Slightly to the west a crew of street dancers were heroically maintaining their crowd in the face of the marching band's stiff competition. And a little further west... a guy with bongos. Faceplant, bongo dude.

*Correction made at 10 p.m., Feb. 25, 2010.  [Tyee]

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