As Vancouver prepares to host nations, athletes, media and visitors for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games I’m wondering what everyone will be doing. For the last seven years we’ve been anticipating this event and for at least the last six months I’ve had someone ask me daily, “What will you be doing for the Games?”
When Vancouver welcomed the world for Expo 86 my family would drive in every weekend to check out different elements of the fair; from the monorail to the pavilions each with their unique transportation vehicles fitting the exposition’s theme. As a six year old it was fun for me, I remember rides, mascots, and showing out of town friends and family around — it was always a great time. At that age it was nothing more than a weekly trip into the city with my family to go play around with some of the coolest exhibits I’ve ever seen.
This time around, I’m right in the middle of the action. We live downtown, sandwiched between pedestrian lanes and red zones, and unlike some others, we’ll be staying in town throughout the Games. John’s day job in radio dictates that he’ll be mighty busy and I have been accredited for the BC International Media Centre at Robson Square. The benefit of being at the BCMC for me will be to get news, post updates, and profile athletes, whose talents are the true reason everyone’s converging on Vancouver this year.
It was a post yesterday by John Biehler that made me realize I haven’t even share or outlined my own plans publicly yet. During the Games we’ll get a few Tweetups, meetups and photowalks going through True North Media House (as mentioned in Biehler’s post) and try our best to enjoy the festival-like atmosphere as best we can with friends from around the globe.
My coverage of the Olympics will include much of what I’ve touched on already; public events for all (downtown or in Richmond, Surrey, etc.), hospitality houses, and catching the sporting action among visitors and locals alike in a sports bar or in public viewing areas. Let’s not forget the massive Cultural Olympiad that will also be taking place across the Lower Mainland with entertainment, shows, and performances.
With our calendars being switched around and pieced together on a daily basis I thought I would take a quick poll…
The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games are but 31 days away at this point so it’s time to start making those plans (for commuting, vacation, viewing etc.) if you haven’t already.
If your nation, company, or venue is hosting an event and you’d like to have some independent coverage, the True North Media House and folks like John Biehler are the ones to get you covered so feel free to contact us if you’d like to get some locals out to your events.