Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, an event that has forever changed our city in many ways. We came together as a region, Province, and country, to celebrate athleticism at its best while letting our patriotism show. One man who had a major hand in making this event happen is John Furlong and you can now purchase copies of his book: Patriot Hearts.
“Working with Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason, Furlong recounts the leadÂup to the Games and describes how he handled seemingly insurmountable setbacks â€• such as the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, a global recession and the washedÂout snow at Cypress Bowl â€• to achieve a runaway success and, ultimately, a pivotal moment of nationhood.” [PatriotHearts.ca]
Events surrounding the book launch include a blue jacket volunteer flash mob yesterday, a Vancouver Board of Trade lunch this afternoon, a pancake breakfast with blue jacket volunteers February 12th, a book signing at Chapters on Granville February 12th at 3:00pm followed by a VANOC employee reunion at 7:00pm. Furlong will make his way to Whistler on Sunday February 13th for a reading and signing at the Whistler Public Library at 3:30pm, and he’ll do another February 14th at 7:00pm back at the Richmond Public Library’s main branch.
The book is available as of today in local bookstores and online at Amazon or Indigo. If you would like to win a copy of this book, please leave a comment stating your favourite memory from the Olympics or Paralympics. You can also leave your entry on the Contest Tab of the Miss604 Facebook page.
Personally, aside from the pavilions and hospitality houses, the high-fives on Granville, the double gold in hockey, and the amazing achievements at the Paralympics, I will still remember my ride in the Surrey leg of the Olympic torch relay for the rest of my life. I will draw two winners, who will each receive a copy of the book, on February 17, 2011.
Update The winners are Linda Nguyen (Facebook entry) and Nicole (comment entry).
Fine print for Facebook entries: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. View all Facebook contest guidelines here.