My Olympics Part 1c – The Pre-Game Show Wrap Up

Phew! I never thought I’d get this day recapped! I obviously saw too much and took to many pictures. Have you seen the first two installments? Because you should check them out: Part 1a and Part 1b.

Anyways, let’s continue.

When we left off, I had just relaxed and refreshed in the Coca Cola Happiness Cafe, and was onto my final destination for the evening. I saw signs of the world being in Vancouver.

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After some walking and searching, I found what I was looking for – LiveCity Yaletown.

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My reason for being there? The torch relay was coming into Vancouver, and into the site! It was my only chance to see the torch relay.

Of course, the site doesn’t just have a big stage with giant screens. There are pavilions to check out as well.

Of course, Coca Cola is there (sponsors of the torch relay).

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Panasonic

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Samsung

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And Acer.

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The City of Vancouver also has a pavilion there, showcases a green/sustainable house, but I wasn’t able to check it out, and didn’t get any pictures.

I made my way through them all. Panasonic was showcasing their new 3D HD TV’s, which were pretty cool. Samsung had some games to play, while Acer was pretty ho-hum. Then there was the Coca Cola pavilion. Regardless of whether you like their product or not, at least it was fun!

They had a mini Coca Cola museum set up, including the history of their involvement in the Olympic Games.

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They have free ice-cold Coca Cola and Coke Zero to try, games to play, and other activities for kids young and old.

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My favourite part? Getting my picture taken with the polar bear 😉

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You can also have them photograph you with the torch, then you download the photo online. Too bad my eyes were closed in my photo 😦

torch_me An Olympian, I am not.

You even get to leave with a limited edition (it’s numbered!) souvenir – a light up plastic coke bottle.

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Dinner was enjoyed on site. There was a multitude of international choices – Greek, Chinese, Canadian, Jamaican, among others. I decided upon Greek, and went with an overpriced (Olympic priced?) but tasty lamb gyro.

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Then I was ready for the main event! We had speeches with the Premier of British Columbia, CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Games, and the Mayor of Vancouver.

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And then…the flame entered the stadium!

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And the celebration cauldron was lit!

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Following the torch celebrations we were treated with a fireworks display.

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There was also this really cool high velocity water spray behind the stage (which looks out over False Creek) on which they projected images and video. The pictures are hard to see, but trust me, it was neat.

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After all the excitement of the evening, I was on my way back to the train to head back to the burbs. Along the way, I found this lonely TV broadcast truck – all the way from Alaska!

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What was funny was when I took the picture, the guy running the truck ran out and wanted me to take a picture again with him and the truck. I think he was excited someone cared about the Anchorage News 😀

And that, my friends, finally concludes my first day of Olympic celebrations – all before the Games even began! Hopefully you’ll get some more updates of what’s been going on, as I have lots to share.

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5 Comments on “My Olympics Part 1c – The Pre-Game Show Wrap Up”

  1. Yuki
    February 21, 2010 at 12:15 am #

    I can’t wait to read your next post!

  2. Amy
    February 21, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    Thanks for sharing! It’s great to see what’s going on from the perspective of someone so close to the games =)

  3. February 21, 2010 at 6:08 am #

    What a spectacular opportunity! I’m loving your “behind the scenes” pictures…

  4. February 21, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    So.much.fun. My best friend is over in Vancouver for the second weekend in a row, just taking in all there is to see and do. I’m so jealous! Thank you for sharing!

  5. February 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    I love these posts! It’s fun to see your perspective because all I get is NBC’s perspective.

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