Olympic Experience – Week 1

Posted by Tom Locke on February 23rd, 2010 filed in History, Life, Sports ... All Sorts

Thanks to the power of the digital age, I have been able to take some wonderful photos and share them with my friends locally and around the world.  A tip of the hat is also in order to the weatherman.  I have never seen so many people on the streets of Vancouver in such an upbeat, festive mood.

On Monday February 15, my partner Cindy and I got the opportunity to watch the women’s hockey teams from Sweden and Slovakia play to a packed house at the UBC arena, complete with a standing ovation at the end of the game.  The players subsequently turned around and saluted the crowd.  It was a great symbol of what the Olympics are all about – competitiveness and sportsmanship.

On Wednesday, Febnruary 17 we ventured to the Ozone, the city of Richmond’s Official Celebration Site for 2010.  There, we were able to experience a virtual bobsleigh run that featured some wind and spray.

On Saturday, February 20, prior to attending Short Track final events, we decided to become tourists in our own city.  What a day to pick.  It was gorgeous.  However, we had to blend in with 50,000 other people who had the same idea.

Below are some shots of my Week 1 experiences.

Women's Hockey - Sweden vs. Slovakia(2)Virtual Bobsleigh - Ozone

Above:  Hockey action at UBC and preparing for bobsleigh run at the Ozone Celebration Site.

Mascots on IceBeing a Tourist in My Own City

Above:  Mascots on ice entertaining the crowd at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver and posing as a “tourist” in my own city.

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