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Canadian hoopster looks fondly home during Games

While playing basketball for CSUN, Canadian Willie Galick is watching Vancouver host the Olympics.
While playing basketball for CSUN, Canadian Willie Galick is watching Vancouver host the Olympics.Courtesy of CSUN Sports Information Dept.

The world is watching Vancouver, British Columbia right now as it hosts the 21st WInter Olympics.

Back in Northridge, Willie Galick smiles and feels pride that his province is performing on the world stage..

Galick, the CSUN forward/center, is from Nanaimo, B.C., which he said is a couple-of-hours ferry ride and a couple of hours drive to Whistler Village.

"It's great for the city," Galick said after a recent game. "It's creating a foundation for the future with all new facilities.

Galick almost missed the opening ceremonies because he doesn't have a television in his dorm room. Thank goodness for the computer. His parents used Skype and turned their computer at the TV so their son could watch.

"You miss being up there," he said. "It reminds me of home."

If he could, he would attend all the events, but since he knows that's prohibitively costly, he would choose snowboarding, short-track speed skating and hockey; snowboarding and speed skating because he appreciates the inherent risks, and hockey because he's Canadian.

"That's a given." he said with a chuckle and a smile. "That's our pride with Canada."

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