Let the Games Begin!
Trip Start Feb 14, 2010
12Trip End Feb 21, 2010
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Opening Ceremony - Live and Direct... but still from East Coast
The first look insight the stadium, you can hear the buzz... This is so exciting, even in front of the TV in my living room. Official introductions are done with relatively fast! The parade of nations starting just now!
After the first few minutes my Favourite Outfit Award goes to the guy from Bermuda. Shorts plus high socks = perfection! Looking at the weather forecast for Vancouver this is probably pack in place of jackets and sweaters.
Israel enters the stadium with very happy Sasha Zaretsky as a flag bearer. Her brother Roman is also looking thrilled waving the flag. Galit Chait, their coach, is also there. How exciting. Wish Tamar Katz was allowed to compete.
Missing the Jamaican bobsled team. Can't believe they didn't make it this time.
Japan, Chris Reed sighting. Was looking out for Daisuke but no luck.
Poland! My country of birth - always a soft spot for the team, especially since my friend, Przemek Domanski is there and will be competing in the Figure Skating Men's event. Didn't spot him though. I did, however, recognize Anna Jurkiewicz who will also be competing in figure skating.
Serbia! Too bad Novak Djokovic gave up skiing for tennis, if he hadn't he might have been in Vancouver today. Just kidding, he's doing well enough on court.
The US - really love those outfits and totally one that jacket. Not the turtle-neck though, looks like something you might suffocate in in a matter of minutes, especially when you are indoors. Poor athletes! Ohh.. that's Johnny Weir right there, and Meryl Davis. I think I've seen Sean White's face more times today than I did my mom's. But that's OK, I'll be attending his Cypress Mountain on Wednesday so I might as well use this as a familiarization process. Ha!
And now the cultural/entertainment part of the Opening begins with Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams singing. Haven't seen Brian in a while. He looks great!
Loving the segment representing the individuals from all regions of Canada. Sarah MacLachlan's song is inspirational and I can't stop thinking back to the figure skating video to that song that Evan, Tanith and Ben plus other Team USA skaters recorded.
Overall, I really like what's going on - simple and not over the top. It's obvious the organizers took a look at the opening in Beijing and decided to follow the noble rule: "If you can't beat them, under perform them". I thought it worked out very well.
Well, all minus the cauldron fiasco. What a disaster! I really hate it when technology gets in people's way. But I'm a faithful Wayne Gretzky worshiper and as such I was so in ave that he would be lighting the torch it took me a longer while to register something wasn't going according the plan.
As much as it was anticlimactic, I don't think it ruined the ceremony or anything like that. I mean, compared to a young athlete losing his life earlier today, everything else feels very minor and insignificant in comparison. Speaking of which, I really appreciated how the tragedy was handled during the ceremony. Classy and respectful. Glad that Team Georgia decided to go on and dedicate their performance to their fallen colleague.
Love having the smaller cauldron in a public location. Will definitely stop by when I finally arrive in Vancouver. It was great seeing how crazy for Gretzky the people on the streets were. Once a legend, always a legend. As much as some people have an issue with him because he is wealthy (or filthy rich, if you will) and resides in the States, he's some sort of a traitor. Don't agree with that, and more so - he's probably the most widely known sports figure in this country whatever you like him or not. And on a totally shallow note - his restaurant in Toronto serves the best wings in the city!