From the snow being trucked and flown in prior to the Olympics to ensure the freestyle skiing and snowboarding events would take place, to the last two rain-filled days at the venue, the prominent story at Cypress Mountain seemed to revolve around the weather.
But the action went off with few hitches and was quite profitable for both the U.S. and Canada. Final medal tally from Cypress: U.S. 9 (five snowboarding medals, four freestyle), Canada 6 (three in each).
It's a slightly ambivalent but mostly gratifying feeling, knowing that you put your own self-discipline to a difficult test.
Just don't ask American aerialist Jeret "Speedy" Peterson to get up from the table with you.
The other night this blog touched on the disappointing first week for the Canadians in the overall medal race, but how the "action sports" -- snowboarding and freestyle skiing -- could get the host nation back in contention.
Right on cue, Canadian Ashleigh McIvor took care of business in women's ski cross on Day 12. But the U.S. is winning the Cypress Mountain medal race, which could end up deciding the overall medal count.
The reason Lydia Lassila was yelling: She had just flown off an aerials jump and landed the wrong way on her knee, which was being tenuously held together by a cadaver's Achilles' that had been grafted onto her ACL.
It's safe to say you won't find the video clip of Lassila's cries of anguish on any freestyle skiing promotional videos.
Through Day 11 here in Vancouver, Canada is well off the pace it hoped to be on in winning medals. It's in fifth place with 10 overall, far behind the U.S., which boasts 25 total.
But the "action sports" could get Canada back on track. They've already won two medals in moguls -- Jennifer Heil's silver and Alexandre Bilodeau's gold. Throw in another gold and silver from snowboard cross -- Maelle Ricker and Mike Robertson -- and the sports have accounted for forty percent of Canada's medals.
Now say hello to a the second Olympic Bahrke: younger brother Scotty.
With three medals already in the bag, the U.S. freestyle skiing team received even more good news Tuesday -- it's two ski cross stars are on the mend.
The sport is set to make its Olympic debut and just two Americans qualified to participate: Casey Puckett and Daron Rahlves. Both are former Alpine Olympians and over the age of 36, but also legitimate medal contenders.
They both were also injured last month in competition.
Standing near the finish line at the base of the Cypress Mountain moguls course on Sunday night, The Ringer had an up-close view as the Canadian fans experienced many distinct emotional phases during the men's final - 12 of them, to be precise:
1) Early, nondescript moguls-related giddiness: During this stage of the competition, before tension truly escalated, a collection of shirtless American Nate Roberts supporters was staking a very decisive claim to the title of "rowdiest fans on the mountain."
Saturday was supposed to be about two chances to redeem the host nation's gold-less performances from the 1976 Montreal Games and 1988 Calgary Games.
The first opportunity, the men's downhill, got canceled by weather. The second, in women's moguls, got canceled by Hannah Kearney.
Women's moguls leads off the freestyle skiing events at a weather-plagued Cypress Mountain with qualification runs at 4:30 p.m. today. The field will be trimmed to 20 for the final starting at 7:30 p.m. provided the fog and rain stay away. If visibility turns very poor very fast, there is a chance qualification standings will stand as the final results.
As early as Wednesday evening VANOC officials said that postponement appears possible with a forecast through Sunday that shows rain turning to snow, and then mixing with heavy clouds.