2010 Winter Olympics Begin Tonight

 
And I’m pumped!!  I love these Games!  Vancouver seems to be ready too.  I just hope there is enough snow.  They are going through a warm spell and trucking in snow. 
 
Vancouver is the most complex city ever to play host to the Winter Olympics, an electric locale of 600,000 that holds as many contradictions as it has diverse neighborhoods.  It is a major Canadian city yet it identifies itself more with the American cities it so often portrays in U.S. films and television.  While it’s the greenest city in North America it lives in fear of being choked by suburban sprawl. It’s home to both the world’s priciest real estate market and Canada’s poorest postal code. 
 
It is referred to at various times by residents and visitors with both humor and derision as "Hongcouver," "Vandsterdam," and "Vanarchy."  The city has an inferiority complex.  But this is their time to shine and and a chance to define Vancouver on their terms and tell the world the story they want the world to know.
 
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What a way to start the Olympics.  It happend today…
 

The Associated Press confirmed with an Olympic official with direct knowledge of the situation that a men’s luger from the former Soviet republic of Georgia has died after a crash during training.

The official tells The Associated Press that the International Olympic Committee received confirmation of the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili (pitcured). The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the 21-year-old luger’s family hadn’t been notified yet.

An official statement is to be released soon.

Kumaritashvili lost control of his sled near the finish Friday, went over the track wall and struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center.

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Here is the official website for the Olympic schedule.  Save to ‘favorites’ if you want.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/ 

Question:  What is your favorite event?  Enjoy the Games!

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6 Responses to 2010 Winter Olympics Begin Tonight

  1. maillady says:

    It exciting to watch them all! Too hard to oick a favorite. Sad about that athlete dying. Lets hope thats the only fatality. Go U-S-A !!!

  2. Joe says:

    I always enjoy the Olympics and even have a blog friend in Vancouver…how about that? This should be exciting!

  3. Beth says:

    Rooting for our team.

  4. Sue says:

    I love the ice-dancing and skating events the best. My son can’t wait for the skiing and snowboarding stuff and Hubby watches most any of it, but is sad that Judo isn’t a winter event. HA! I’m a little curious about the curling competition and what was that I heard about a Sauna event—where one tries to stay in a 200+ degree sauna and break the 3 minute record??? Is that really an event??? Sounds way too bizarre. I’m also rooting for our US Hockey team this year, as always. The Winter games are always so exciting and fun, especially when we get to watch them while lounging in our 70+ degree locales!!!

  5. Jade says:

    six other athletes were hurt that day on that thing. They were supposed to make the sides higher (last year?)One of the athletes said ‘we’re just crash test dummies out there’ when they showed him hit all I could think was that he died in the blink of an eye-couldnt have been quicker.Its too warm & they dont have snow up there- should have trucked it in from washington!

  6. sweeti's says:

    I love the games and indeed sorry to see that young guy catapultated against a pole…such a speed my god.but as we say .the games go on…our belgian guy ( Monsiour Rogge) had tears when he gave the news abt the accident.and my fav game well….skating ..the short tracks…and also the elegance of the dance skaters…Wish u a wonderful week BobWith a smileMJ

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