Olympic Highs & Lows (so far)


Highs (so far)

  1. Skeleton Gold Medalist Jon Montgomery and his coronation as King of Whistler Sliding Centre – actually, King of all of Whistler! I really admire all the athletes that are here, whether or not they are medalists. But, Jon is a different animal all together and he rocks as both an athlete and a person!!!
  2. Walking up and down the Village Stroll in Whistler – you never know who you’re going to run into, what band may strike up on a Whistler Live Stage, street performers that pop up, or whatever …
  3. My VANOC volunteer Blue Jacket and the rest of the uniform. As VANOC CEO John Furlong says, “It is a sign that you are part of the inner circle: you are Team 2010.” I feel priviledged to be a part of the team, and am often stopped and asked questions in the Village as people just assume you are knowledgeable when you’re wearing that jacket 🙂
  4. The Accreditation Team that I’m on has a mix of volunteers and VANOC employees from many different parts of the country and the world. It’s been a lot of fun meeting and working with a variety of interesting characters that makes the time pass so quickly. We also get exposed to all sorts of people coming in for accreditation, and their excitement rubs off on you.
  5. Attending 3 events in person this past week:
    – Women’s Luge on Feb. 16, with George
    – Women’s Biathlon on Feb. 18, with Dave
    – Men’s Long Hill Ski Jumping on Feb. 19, with Wes
    The venues are all just wonderful, but my favourites are those up in the Callaghan Valley. So close to Whistler (20 minutes), but completely away from the hustle and bustle. This is one of the greatest legacies of the Games, in my humble opinion.
  6. Not having to drive my car this month. I’m saving lots of money by using the extended BC Transit service and the special VANOC workforce buses between Squamish and Whistler.
  7. My brisk half-hour walks to/from the transit hub next to WalMart – excellent daily aerobic exercise.
  8. The Belgian waffles next to the Longhorn.
  9. The nightly medals ceremonies and concerts that follow in Whistler Celebration Plaza. Even when it was raining on the first night, it was quite the festive atmosphere and a great way to celebrate the day’s achievements.
  10. The amazing efforts of the course crews at Cypress Mountain. Mother Nature threw one curve ball after another at them the past couple of months, and they seem to have an answer for just about anything. They have managed to produce race courses that are very good and fair, and have produced some exciting competitions.

Lows (so far)

No list here, as most of my low moments are pretty minor. Sure, there have been a few glitches at venues and postponement of some events. But, those have been documented elsewhere (especially the British press). For me personally, I’ve been quite fortunate as my lowest low so far was at Canada House yesterday. They have a free pancake breakfast every Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:30 am, and when I got there at 10:30 am they had already run out of pancakes and bacon 🙁

On a much more serious note, I do not want to downplay the very unfortunate death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili on Opening Day. Please check my earlier posts and photos for more details. This was quite a low point to start the Games, and really makes all the other glitches and inconveniences appear to be relatively minor and insignificant. Whistler has made a good effort to remember young Nodar as part of the 2010 Olympic Games – in spirit, if not in body.

  1. #1 by Ben P. on February 22, 2010 - 4:24 pm

    Pancakes, yum! Glad you’re having fun! 🙂

  2. #2 by Heather on February 22, 2010 - 4:49 pm

    Yah, Jon Montgomery is quite the character!! I saw him auctioning off a beer on CTV last night–he was really good! Am really enjoying your posts, Enzo. What a fantastic experience you are having!!

  3. #3 by enzo on February 23, 2010 - 12:19 am

    Ben, you have 1 last chance for free pancakes this Saturday morning at Canada House (Whistler Library). It opens at 9:00 am – don’t be late!

  4. #4 by Ben P. on February 24, 2010 - 4:02 pm

    Hmm… Maybe I can boat past the road blocks on Sea to Sky 🙂

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