Day 2: Â February 18
After all the excitement of Day 1, Day 2 was a little bit slower. Â In the afternoon there was a Canada Hockey game for which some Canada Hockey fans had organized a hockey Tweetup. Â 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. Â 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. Â This means that there were special activities or performances provided by that province. Â 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 calledÂ Hedley.
The best part of the February 18th VVC, though, was the medals presentation. Â As an American, I was proud to hear the national anthem played twice for our gold medalists on that day. Â One gold medalist was speed skater Shani Davis, and the other–probably the most famous US winter athlete–snowboarder, Shaun White!!! Â 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. Â 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! Â Because my friends had media passes for the BC Media Center, they invited us in to join the Wine Tasting of BC wines. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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? Â 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. Â 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. Â That night was the (unbeknownstly to me) famous DJ, Dead Mou5 performing. Â After that was a fireworks and water show. Â 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. Â Day 4 and 5 coming up…