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Comments 9 by Rebecca Bollwitt

One of the biggest concerns I have right now is not about keeping up with the Summer Games in Beijing in terms of information and results, but how on earth Vancouver will be able to live up to the spectacle witnessed during this year’s opening ceremonies (mostly since ours will be held indoors).

BC Place to get a facelift for 2010 – Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Aside from that, we’ve been following the Olympics when we can during our trip to Kansas City. At random rest stops in hotel rooms during the day we’ll catch some water polo or basketball, but overall I’m missing quite a bit of the action that I have been glued to in past years. Actually, it’s even difficult to see a lot of coverage when we are in front of a television since NBC pretty much only shows events in which the USA is participating as well.

Photo credit: Kris Krug on Flickr

Photo credit: Kris Krug on Flickr – [kriskrug.com / staticphotography.com]

I’ve searched around a bit for some blogs, twitters and Flickr photos (most of which are coming from Kris and Scales) but here are some other bits of coverage from the social media realm.

– Robert Scales gives some on-the-ground blog posts over on the BBC.

The Sports Corner is a collection of local journalists and sports enthusiasts have been liveblogging events on their group blog.

Daily Vancouver 2010 coverage, starting years in advance they have some updates about this summer’s games in Beijing.

Tony and his team are doing a great job on the LA Times blogs as well.

Photo Credit: Kris Krug on Flickr

You can Google several other sources however if you already have a website or blog you’re watching for Olympic updates, please feel free to share a link in the comments.

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  1. DaveOMonday, August 11th, 2008 — 2:05pm PDT

    For the record, i am updating KK and Scales’ exploits at Raincitystudios.com as well as DailyVancouver – especially the social media symposium related content.

  2. Judy BishopTuesday, August 12th, 2008 — 8:18am PDT

    Why is is always about “living up to” another performance or “raising the bar” ?? I think that a host country that is clever and innovative with the cards it’s dealt — by way of timing, culture, resources, population and location — is to admired and appreciated.

    In China’s case, it’d be embarassing to NOT put on a show, given their population, new wealth, cultural richness/history and intention on making their mark in the world. They did exactly what they needed to do to fulfill their internal mandate to be a new world power. We’re on a different track in Vancouver.

    Remember the quiet confidence of the Norwegians re: 1994 Lillehammer Olympics – games spoken about with reverence by Olympic veterans, who say it was the warmest, best-run and most true to Olympic spirit. No agonizing about keeping up or meeting standards … it was a gorgeous, safe, clever and thrilling event, all true to Norway’s identity and its Olympic mandate.

    I’m confident Vancouver will do a great job in 2010 !

    Judy B
    (former board member – Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics bid)

  3. Hosea CheungTuesday, August 12th, 2008 — 2:08pm PDT

    Well, Vancouver can live up to the Beijing Opening Ceremonies by not faking it. With word coming out now that the young girl who aww-ed the nation was lip-syncing to the voice of another girl and the footstep fireworks were digitally mastered, it takes away from the awesomeness that was the 2008 opening festivities.

    Maybe 2010 will have something real. Also, thanks for The Sports Corner plug.

  4. Miss604Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 — 2:14pm PDT

    @ Judy – I’m sure Vancouver’s will be spectacular, I’m just not a fan of BC Place, that’s all.

    @ Hosea – I heard about the footsteps being digitally added to the TV broadcasts but I didn’t know about the lip-syncing, strange.

  5. Scott AlexanderTuesday, August 12th, 2008 — 8:21pm PDT

    I agree with Judy, I don’t think we will match China.. Vancouver has a lot to offer in to form of entertainment, but if your point was about the failure of Vancouver/Canada at the Torino games, i think your concern is well founded.

    We don’t want to flounder, but from the small taste we have had of our ‘capabilities’ it just doesn’t look good..

    I see a multitude of cultural displays,… Read More and mounties going in circles, but I do not see a captivating opening ceremony.. I’m sorry, but i do not think Vancouver will be able to do it.

    I do hope they will make me eat my words, however..

  6. John BollwittTuesday, August 12th, 2008 — 10:24pm PDT

    It’s not so much that there has to be the same bang that China had with this year’s opening ceremonies. It’s more of a matter of being able to have something that is going to be memorable without the fear of it being campy or restrictive from having a literal ceiling. The closing ceremonies in Torino have me crossing my fingers big time.

    When you consider the fact that it hardly snows or drops below freezing in the area around BC Place, it’s good that there is a roof to protect from the rain that often falls in the month of February. But there won’t be any great, overhead shots of what’s going on below, other than what can be seen from the highest reaches from inside the dome.

    The opening ceremonies don’t have to beat the previous. They need to make Vancouverites proud to have these games take over the city for a month. Forget what the rest of the world thinks. Make its inhabitants happy and worth remembering this event for years to come.

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