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Olympic highlights

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I had so much fun at the Olympics this past February and meant to blog about all my adventures but didn’t have enough time.   It’s almost hard to believe it’s been 4 months now.  Looking back at it, I can remember some great times. 

I woke up early one of the days for instance, and waited with 5 friends to do the Zipline!!! It was usually a 5-6 hour line up but it only took 3.5 hours as we got there early in the morning. It wasn’t bad waiting though with our breakfast. We made some new friends and just chatted and waited in excitement for the drop.  It was probably only 30 seconds but it was such a thrill to go over Robson square and definitely an experience.

I visited the Vancouver Art Gallery and the exhibit of body mechanics by Leonardo da Vinci. It was very detailed and amazing but comparable to all the beautiful art pieces I saw last year not as spectacular. The top of the museum had BC Pavillion with many interactive games.

I went to my first hockey game! It was Women’s hockey Canada versus Switzerland. The crowd and atmosphere was amazing and in the end Canada won 10 vs 1. 🙂

I went down to Livecity Yaletown  some nights and saw Matisyahu and Sam Roberts. Both were amazing shows. Going during the day was much easier to get into places like the Coke pavilion which was one of my favorite interactive sites, very impressive. So many concerts, people in the streets and action happening. There was many clubs open and tourists and olympians around; I even ran into some guys from the Finland team.

I went to the Russian House in Science world, which had a lot of things but wasn’t too impressive.
I also visited the Italian House at the Roundhouse. There wasn’t too much there, but I managed to get a free cappuccino with my friend and it was excellent!
Later I went to the Bell ice-cube which was neat and even visited the cauldron with the flame one of the days. Too bad they have that horrible fence.

I took the beautiful street train to Granville Island and saw a bit of the francophone village & Swiss house. I even went to the German House for some beer. The Quebec house, and the Ontario house were pretty easy to get in and had some good music and televisions to watch the games. 
The Commodore opened for some free showings and was really on top of it. There were so many people just relaxed and having great times.  So much fun to see and do. People were everywhere.

I saw the Speed Skating short track at the PNE. It was really exciting, so much life in the crowd.  Canada even won silver in the short track relay skating 🙂 It was so awesome, the crowd was wild!  Definetely another memorable experience 🙂

One of the nights a bunch of us went to O-Zone in Richmond and only waited 10 minutes to get in!  It was probably my favorite house during the olympics. Lots of dutch people, lots of space, lots of music, dancing and smiles.  Beer, and food was everywhere and we saw one of the olympic silver medalists for Amsterdam too.

After many grand days & nights there was the epic Men’s Gold medal hockey game Canada Versus the USA.  Wow was that ever tense.  I went with a bunch of friends to Moxies early in the morning and waited for some seats and saw the fantastic game. We all cheered and screamed and went wild when Canada Won Gold!! The place went wild, cheering in the streets, everyone was so happy, victory at last. We went down to Robson & Granville and literally couldn’t move as there was too many people there.

As the ceremonies closed Canada won 24 medals.. 14 Gold, 7 Silver, and 5 Bronze Medals.  I guess we meant what we said. Own the Podium!!  We won the most Gold medals out of all the countries, and apparently it was the first time we ever won gold on canadian soil.  So crazy!!! GO CANADA GO!!!  Such a wonderful experience, well worth the wait. I definetely miss all the tourists, free events, and joy we had in Vancouver during those 2 weeks.  It felt like I was traveling again 🙂

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June 30, 2010 at 9:07 am

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