Day 2: February 18
After all the excitement of Day 1, Day 2 was a little bit slower. In the afternoon there was a Canada Hockey game for which some Canada Hockey fans had organized a hockey Tweetup. Yes, its just what it sounds like, lots of people on twitter sit around a big screen watching hockey, drinking, cheering, and tweeting.
Next was probably the highlight of that day: Vancouver Victory Ceremony. The VVC is held at BC Place and includes the medals presentation and a concert.
First about the concert, throughout the Olympics each day was themed based on one of Canada’s provinces. This means that there were special activities or performances provided by that province. On the day we went to the Vancouver Victory Ceremony, it was Prince Edward Island Day. Therefore, the performers hailed from PEI; in this case, a boy band called Hedley.
The best part of the February 18th VVC, though, was the medals presentation. As an American, I was proud to hear the national anthem played twice for our gold medalists on that day. One gold medalist was speed skater Shani Davis, and the other–probably the most famous US winter athlete–snowboarder, Shaun White!!! It was also cool for me to see the medal presentation of the Women’s 500M short track race that’d I’d seen China win the day before.
After that the 4 of us went for a late dinner at the Revel Room, man! was it hard to find a place to sit down and eat that didn’t have a 45min wait at 9pm. Later we saw some of the anti-Olympics protesters on Hastings with the slogan, ‘Homes, not Games.’
Day 3, February 19
This was the first day that I didn’t have any scheduled events or official Olympics events to attend, but still managed to find fun stuff to do! Because my friends had media passes for the BC Media Center, they invited us in to join the Wine Tasting of BC wines. We tasted some absolutely fabulous ice wines, as well as official wines of the Olympics Games, namely the Sumac Ridge sparkling wine, which I subsequently bought. If you’re interested in learning more about the making of the wine and our wine tasting, watch our video on UStream.
Also in the BCMC was the Stanley Cup. I know some (Canadian) people would freak out at this comment and the below picture, but I was simply like, oooh what’s the shiny trophy with all the writing on it? I’m not from a hockey family, and not from a hockey part of the country, I don’t know what to tell ya.
For dinner, we joined friends in a pub, talking about the Olympics, taking pictures with Quatchi (the Olympic mascot), and met more awesome Canadians. Later that night, I met up with Jeff who I know from Shanghai to go to one of his friend’s houses overlooking what was Yaletown LiveCity. That night was the (unbeknownstly to me) famous DJ, Dead Mou5 performing. After that was a fireworks and water show. Over the lake they turned on the fountains and then projected Olympics images onto the flowing water–that was pretty cool.
Full Olympics pictures on Flickr. Day 4 and 5 coming up…