My Olympics Part 3 – Games On!

Hello there blog friends! I feel so neglectful these days, but I’m sure you can understand that life has just been crazy around here. Only 5 more days left, and the party will be over. Can you believe it? And here I am, only bringing you the first day of my Winter Olympics!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I woke up bright and early – for a Saturday – in great anticipation of my very first volunteer shift of the Games! I started the day right with a tasty little breakfast.

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Yogurt with craisins, coconut, and almonds; toasted grainy bread with peanut butter & raspberry jam, and a glass of cranberry juice to wash it all down.

I spent the morning relaxing, watching a little Olympic coverage, and getting ready for my shift. I had a little lunch before running out the door.

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Some baked beans, cucumber, carrots, and a few slices of cheddar. I wasn’t super hungry, but had no idea when dinner might be, so I wanted to get some fuel in me.

Then it was time to get dressed in my blue uniform, and make my way downtown. I found where I was going, made it through security and check in, got a number, and waited in the briefing room to find out what I would be doing for the day. As a host, we have a variety of positions we can be put on at the venue, and they try and mix it up every day. Well, turns out my first shift was going to be outside. I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed that I wouldn’t see any hockey live, but that’s how life goes sometimes. It didn’t help that it was cold, rainy, and dark once the sun set (I was there until 9 pm).

I also had my very first volunteer meal.

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Here’s how the meals work – for dinner, they have two entree options (one vegetarian), two soup options (one veg), rolls, a piece of fruit, beverage (Coca Cola products of course – including water and orange/apple juice), and granola bars. You can have up to one of each of the items. We also have access to coffee/tea/hot chocolate/water & cookies for our breaks.

On my first night, I had the chicken & orzo soup, coconut green curry (veg), whole wheat roll, and a Diet Coke. I won’t lie – the meals aren’t glamorous. The soup and curry were tasty enough, but I wish they had a few more veggies in them – heck, the curry was really just tofu in the sauce. But at least it was warm & filling, especially since I was heading back outside to the cold.

Despite the cold, I had some fun scanning in people with accreditation, including some famous people. In particular, I had Ron Wilson, coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the USA Men’s Hockey Team come through.

After my shift, I thought I’d take a scenic walk around downtown on my way to the train, just to get a vibe for what was to come. First I took a walk through Concord Pacific Place, which is right next to our venue, Canada Hockey Place.

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Here you can find pavilions like Québec House.

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Molson Canadian Hockey House.

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And Saskatchewan House.

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As I continued my way into downtown, I saw the Aboriginal Pavilion.

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And discovered the entrance to Pacific Centre (the mall downtown) had been transformed into an igloo.

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Complete with polar bears out front.

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I make a quick detour to the Olympic Countdown Clock, as I wondered if it was still running. Now it’s counting up instead of counting down.

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My final stop was the Olympic Cauldron. How could I miss out on that?!

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Sadly, you couldn’t really get too close, as it is located in the secured Media Centre area, but if you went right up to the fence, you could get your camera in the openings and take an unobstructed picture. I love how it looked at night.

Finally I decided it was time to hop on the train and get home. When I got there, my dad had bought myself, my mom, and sister a Valentine’s Day surprise!

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Giant chocolate covered strawberries. Yum! I definitely had one for dessert. Such a nice way to end the day.

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So there you have it – my recap of the first official day of the Games. I’m only just getting started – make sure you come back as I share more of my Olympics experience.

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12 Comments on “My Olympics Part 3 – Games On!”

  1. February 24, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    I bet the Molson Canadian Hockey House would be a fun place to be!

    I’ve heard grumbles that the torch has been pretty unaccessible for patrons regardless of the “hole” along the fence for photos. It’s too bad they put it so far off seeing as I’m sure it’s one of the main attractions….

  2. February 24, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    You know I can’t wait for more!! That polar bear is so cool!

  3. February 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    Too bad about the veggie-deficient volunteer meal, but it looks like the rest of your experience made up for it:)

  4. February 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    so gooood
    thanks

  5. February 25, 2010 at 5:48 am #

    I LOVE how red your breakfast is! It’s looks beautiful! And right with Olympic spirit! Did you catch the hockey game last night? Awesome game!

  6. February 25, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    Love all the pictures Marianne! Are you looking forward to the women’s iceskating final tonight??

  7. February 25, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    Green curry sounds fab!! and diet coke! I WANT.

    I have loved following your Oly posts!! I always thought Vanny might be the Oly’s I visited, but alas. I am in India!! Too cool that you got to volunteer! It must be so much fun!

  8. February 26, 2010 at 6:35 am #

    LOVIN’ this post and can’t wait to see what else you get into!

  9. February 26, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    So cool to see your Olympic volunteer time! Can’t wait to read/see more! What an awesome experience.

  10. February 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Olympic fever is everywhere! Luckily here in Victoria, I’m not too far away from the news despite not having cable. I found your blog today and I am happy to see another food blog from a West Coaster!

  11. February 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    ahhhh i am SOO jealous. How awesome does the Olympics look. This is one time that i’d do ANYTHING to go to Canada. Lucky you!!! The orzo soup looks pretty awesome, but i’m sorry that curry had…uh..NO veggies?!?!? Crazy! 😛

  12. August 12, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    Do you use some coconut water? If so, maybe this will help: http://www.vitacocowater.com/coconut-water

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