I’m riding the vitamin C pretty hard today, trying to keep a cold from seeping into my sinuses. I think all of the anticipation, stress, and excitement has caught up to me. While I’ll do my best to take care of myself, I can’t forget that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and keep going as much as my body can handle it.
That being said, some photos from yesterday’s excitement.
The line for the ticket office at Robson Square continues to amaze me. It always seems to be at least this long, but what you can’t see is how it goes back and wraps around. And what else you can’t see if the scalper vultures waiting just out of frame.
Blue coats, green coats, blue and yellow coats… You see little groups of workers and volunteers like this all over Vancouver right now. I’m not sure what they’re doing, but I hope it’s important.
Riding the train to and from various places, you see all sorts of people dressed up to show off their country’s pride. I absolutely love this.
These crowds never seem to cease. A lot of chatter on various back channels is how they wish Vancouver was like this all the time. While that might be pushing it, it would be amazing to have more events where excitement like this can thrive maybe once or twice a year. It’s just an idea, but an interesting one.
Later on in this day, we made our way to Pacific Coliseum to watch the pairs figure skating finals from our row four seats. We thought they would be good, but what we didn’t know is that row four was the very front row. Talk about amazing!
Welcome to Canada! Buy our flags!
I love how VANOC set this up for people, but this wasn’t promising seeing this free bike parking and lock-up. But then again, with as crazy as traffic normally is in Vancouver and the influx of people in this city, I can see what people wouldn’t want to try to do the bike thing. Seems like a ton of people are using transit instead.
Pacific Coliseum looks great. Getting to the rink is a winding maze that takes you from Hastings for about 100 meters, a security checkpoint, then another 100 meters of walking before you get to the front doors.
I took all sorts of shots while inside the venue, but you’ll have to visit my Vancouver 2010: Day 4 set on Flickr to see them.
China took gold and silver while Germany took bronze. It was so cool to be surrounded by people all around us, cheering for their respective countries yet alone going outside to see CCTV interviewing people about what they just saw inside.
I sent word to my mom and dad of where our seats were and that they should watch the NBC coverage of the event. Sure enough, we were spotted in Canada, in Iowa, and even Illinois. The people right next to us were getting text messages from China that they were on TV in Beijing, so we probably popped up over there, too.
Hockey is starting up for the men on Day 5, so now it’s really game on!