For the last few years I have been profiling the events and highlights of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Now that they’re here, I’m out and about every day either going to Olympic events, hanging out at hospitality houses, or creating content with friends. I have decided to do a daily photo recap of what I have been up to so that you can get a glimpse of the Games from my eyes.
Day One, February 12, 2010
John and I were up at 5:30 to get into position for the Olympic Torch Relay as it made its way through downtown Vancouver.
I didn’t make it to this part of the Torch Relay but I thought this was a neat photo as the flame went by canoe and dragon boat across False Creek.
I sat in on the Pacific Coast Collaborative press conference featuring Governor Christine Gregoire (Washington), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (California), Premier Gordon Campbell (BC), Secretary of State Kate Brown (Oregon).
There I met the legendary Nardwuar and he had a copy of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s vinyl album, Total Body Workout.
We then headed to Molson Canadian Hockey House to watch the Olympics Opening Ceremony. A full video replay of which is available on the CTV website.
Odds came on stage once the show was over and they pulled up Keith Scott (guitar) and Ed Robertson (of Barenaked Ladies). Following Odds, This Hour has 22 Minutes’ Shaun Majumder came out to do some comedy.
We waited until about 11:00pm for the super secret guest when Bryan Adams hopped on stage for a full set at the Hockey House.
Adams had performed at the Opening Ceremony earlier in the evening with Nelly Furtado. Walking home we spotted the flame as it sits in the cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza adjacent to the new Vancouver Convention Centre in Coal Harbour.
I must also add that Day One was shrouded in sorrow as the Olympic family lost Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia. I think that the Opening Ceremony respected this very well with mentions from the IOC President, a minute of silence, and flags at half-mast. I think VANOC’s CEO John Furlong said it best to the athletes, “”May you carry (Nodar’s) Olympic dream on your shoulders and compete with his spirit in your hearts.”
Medal Count for Canada – February 12, 2010