My first posts about the Vancouver 2010 Olympics was in November of 2007 although I’ve been following the lead up to the Games ever since I heard the IOC announcement of “Vancouver” for 2010 from my desk in Boston back in 2003.
Can you believe it’s actually here? I wrote a tweet this morning that simply said, “Welcome to probably your biggest day ever, Vancouver.” My husband woke up even more excited than a child on Christmas morning.
After watching the torch relay come through a crowd of thousands on Georgia Street we headed over to the countdown clock in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. It reads, “Day 0000”. This is it. The Olympics are here.
A small group of colleagues stood in front of the clock and cheered, “Go Canada!” as their photo was taken. Within seconds more people joined in their photo. Complete strangers stood arm and arm to pose for another photo, together. Soon enough it became one massive photo opportunity with all participants chanting young and old chanting, “Go Canada!”.
To say I’m excited is an understatement and I told my husband already that I’m going to cry during the opening ceremony. The world’s eyes are now on my city and I’m lucky enough to be right smack dab in the middle of it all.
Across the city rounds of “O! Canada” are being sung and I’ve heard it at least twice already here at Robson Square. All I have to say is, Go Canada Go!
See also: John’s countdown to the Games from the eyes of an American in Vancouver.