Last night I had the pleasure of attending the VIP reception for the XL Leadership Summit at Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar. It brought out many of the people behind Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics including John Furlong and many Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
The special guest was Commander Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station and quite possibly the planet’s favorite astronaut.
The event was light on speeches and heavy on conversations. John Furlong did share a story about the stresses he went through leading up to the opening ceremonies and the famous snowboard jump into BC Place during the event. Once the snowboarder had landed the jump clean, a heavy weight was lifted off his shoulders and he could focus on the rest of the Games.
Immediately following the reception, everyone walked across the street to Jack Poole Plaza to watch as the Olympic Cauldron was lit on the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Opening Ceremonies. A packed crowd of athletes and fans broke out into an impromptu singing of O Canada with many wearing their red mittens.
I even had the chance to share my Google Glass with Olympic Gold medal winning rower, Adam Kreek.
It really did feel like 2010 all over again, with all the positive energy, even for a brief period last night. More photos from the event can be found on Flickr.