It starts 100 days from now. The 2010 Winter Olympics. It was the top story this morning on every local TV news program. Here they come...
I'm a huge fan of the Olympics, both winter and summer. I spend hours every 2 years in front of my television. Any Olympics are magical, but some of my favourite moments of the winter games are:
- The magic and theatricality of the opening ceremony. Watching the Olympic flag come in, the lighting of the flame and the entrance of the Canadian team always brings a tear to my eye.
- The grace and athleticism of the figure skaters
- The amazing speed of the downhill skiers
- The sound of the cowbells ringing from the Swiss fans as their bobsled teams race down the track.
- The ice hockey (I AM Canadian!)
- The insanity of the luge and the skeleton.
This is Vancouver; I live about 50 miles to the left of the picture.
This is Whistler; home of the downhill ski-ing and bobsled, luge, etc.
The speed-skating oval; already the recipient of a world-renowned architectural award. Huge amounts of the wood used is from trees damaged by the pine-beetle (a nasty varmint that traveled here from Asia about 10 years ago).
The Olympic flame arrived in Victoria last Friday. It now travels across the country before arriving in Vancouver for the opening ceremony February 12, 2010. It comes through my town February 11. Trust me, I'm there.
100 days until it all begins. I can't wait.
All photos found on Google Image.