Monday, March 01, 2010

Olympic Legacy

Here are some additional images from an unforgettable journey to the Olympics. If this trip reminded us of anything, it’s that we really love the Northwest – for the weather, the people, the cities, and the lifestyle. We spent the first weekend in Vancouver, and the second weekend of the Olympics in Whistler. Whistler Village was so small we ended up eating next to one of the women’s US skiers from the US, and walked by the four man bobsled Gold medalists from the US. The previous weekend, we met Dan Jansen, the ‘94 Olympic gold medalist in speed skating. All part of the Olympic Experience.IMG_1158

The amazingly successful Visa campaign that covered every billboard, every storefront, and every TV station. Go World!

IMG_0069 Troy at the Yahoo Sports Fan Zone in Yaletown, a once rundown part of Vancouver, renovated into some of the nicest living space in Vancouver.IMG_1250 False Creek with the iconic Imax Theatre, and to the right you can see the athletes village, all lined with Canadian Flags.

IMG_1260 Looking out toward the Pacific Ocean from the Granville bridge. We rode across it on a very thin waking path between the railing and speeding cars. You will notice – absolutely NO SNOW in the mountains where many of the events are taking place.


And a scene you don’t expect to see at the Winter games – an absolutely stunning sunset over English Bay. The weather was terrible for the athletes, but what a treat for the spectators.

IMG_0111 The sculpture park near English Bay received the attention of everyone who passed by.


Who would have thought that the best of our events would be the Biathlon. The Norwegian anchor of the 4-man relay came out of retirement to win the race by 48 seconds. The real race was for Silver, where the Austrian raced against the Russian for the entire last lap and ended up winning by two-hundredths of a second. That’s how an Olympic race should end.

IMG_1330 Moya with all the Norwegian colors in the background. It seemed everyone who came to the Olympics was a fanatic – with flags in hand, and we were no exception totting the Red, White & Blue.


Finally, back in the Olympic Village at Whistler where visitors lined up to take silly photos in each of the rings of the Olympic emblem.

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