The Mid-Way Point is Here Today

Today is Day 9 of our 17-day Winter Olympic Games, marking the mid-way point of the Games. Eight days are already in the books, and 8 more remain after today.

How are you all holding up? I’ve had an amazing 8 days, with a mix of volunteering and spectating. But, I’m pretty beat with lots of long (and fun) days up here in Whistler. Yes, I know I live in Squamish, but have not spent much time there since the start of the Games. That will all change tomorrow with my first full day off – no volunteer shift and no event to attend.

My intention is to first of all catch up on some extra sleep, before catching up on my blog updates. I have not had a chance to write much about my experiences at the luge,biathlon and ski jumping events I attendedĀ over the past week. I have uploaded some pictures for all 3 events:

Today, I’m nearing the end of my volunteer shift up in Whistler, and looking forward to the medals ceremony tonight. This will be the first Gold Medal presented to a Canadian in Whistler, and the whole village will be rocking when skeleton race Jon Montgomery steps upĀ (or jumps up) to the podium tonight!

Update from later Saturday night:

Whistler Village was packed for the Medals Ceremony, and I managed to get a standing spot just outside the plaza as no extra tickets were available for tonight’s ceremony. Here’s a shot of the flags raised while the Canadian anthem was being played for our Gold Medal (notice the flag pole in the way of Jon Montgomery on the podium):

Raising of flags at Men's Skeleton Gold Medal Ceremony

Raising of flags at Men's Skeleton Gold Medal Ceremony

It was quite moving while singing along to Oh Canada with the many thousands of fans gathered both inside and outside the gates to the Celebration Plaza in Whistler. Here are some more of my pictures from today, as well as some from earlier in the week:

As proud as I was to be a Canadian and a very small part of Jon’s Gold Medal achievement, I also was reminded of how precious life itself is as I walked by this more permanent tribute to fallen Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili – just ouside Whistler Town Plaza:

Tribute to fallen Georgian luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili

Tribute to fallen Georgian luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili

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