4 years ago my home city played host to the winter Olympic games and now with the 2014 winter games in Sochi, I’ve been reliving many of my memories during the games. It was a great time to be in the city of Vancouver. Sometimes called a no fun city, Vancouver brought the fun during the games. Everywhere you went, there was something to do and to see. Never had I seen such national pride so openly displayed. With every medal, the country came together and when Canada scored that final goal in overtime of the men’s hockey final between the US and Canada, it was like the whole country exploded.
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I wasn’t able to snag any tickets for events as they were sold by a lottery system and I wasn’t lucky, but there were plenty of free things to see and do. Lots of pavilions and each province in Canada had a house to visit. It was like Disney Epcot but bigger and spread out throughout the city. Sponsors also had the opportunity to have pavilions.
My Highlights of the Olympics
Witnessing a proposal (she said yes)
Stephen Colbert was filming an episode during the games, open to the public. He had on Vancouver native Michael Buble as his guest.
A friend of mine had an extra ticket for this event and she invited me to go along. The event, being held in Whistler, involved an early morning bus ride and a lot of standing in the cold. The grandstand was situated at the very bottom of the hill so for much of the race you can’t see the skiers – just watch them on the screen. They were such a blur in the parts that we could see. In an instant they came into view and a moment later, they had already crossed the finish line. It was impressive to watch the skill and speed in which they whiz down the mountain.
While I wasn’t able to get tickets for the actual games, I did snag a pair of tickets to a sledge hockey game between Norway and Sweden during the paralympic games. I had no idea what I was in for and these guys were intense! They had a little blade on the sled they were sitting on, they used their hockey sticks to propel themselves forward and had no qualms about using it to get the puck, forcible. It was intense and crazy watching them just go at each other.
The Olympics are such a crazy and cool experience. If you ever get the chance to be a hosting city during the games, go! There really is nothing like it.
Have you ever been to the Olympics?