Sunday, February 14, 2010

Olympic Roundup

Today the rain subsided and the clouds parted to show the sun for the first time during the Olympics. As if on cue, Canada won its first gold ever (men's moguls) while hosting an Olympics. At least THAT jinx is ended.

There are some serious complaints about the venus...notably Cypress Bowl, located on the top of Cypress Mountain on the North Shore of Vancouver. Frankly I was shocked when I heard they were going to use Cypress Bowl for some events. The last time I went up there was with family in the winter of 2003. It rained and the snow washed away under our feet. It's simply too low an elevation for serious winter sports.

We knew they had to truck in the snow from Manning Park to build the mogul run but we didn't know how woefully unprepared they were to care for the thousands of spectators who had paid good money to attend the event. There was no food and no shelter from the lashing rain and wind...this was during the torrential downpour I wrote about in my last entry.

Needless to say, there were a lot of unhappy campers in Vancouver this morning, complaining to the media. Some other complaints revolve around the outdoors Olympic flame which is surrounded by a chain link fence. Tourists cannot get a photo of it that excludes the "gulag look". The fence is supposed to be modified tomorrow.

Oh, and three individuals were charged with the vandalism of yesterday when a mob of about 200 charged down the mainstreet of Vancouver, breaking windows and throwing trash bins. The ring leader is from Washington State and his last name is Mayer.

We watched the TV round-up this evening. The short pairs skating was some of the best performances I've ever seen in that sport. The Chinese and Germans seem to have a lock on those medals.

Vancouverite spirits were picking up towards the end of the's amazing what a bit of sunlight will do.


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