Sunday, February 14, 2010

Top 10 List - What to know for your Olympic event

After an eventful experience last night at the ladies moguls event at Cypress (including an emergency trip to the first aid tent to be treated for hypothermia and hypoglycemia), I have some words of wisdom to share so that you can fully enjoy your Olympic experience.

1. Vancouver mountains are cold and damp - bring lots of layers of clothes, emergency blankets, toques, mittens, warm scarves, ponchos and hand warmers! Also, wear your whole ski outfit (or the equivalent) if you have one - snow pants and jacket and warm pants underneath as well as real snow boots with a few layers of socks.
2. The first aid tent is manned by a great team of paramedics who are there to help out in a jiffy as I learned the hard way (after collapsing with hypothermia)!
3. Be prepared to stand in lines outside, waiting for your bus for long periods of time.
4. Bring a warm seat to sit on in the bleachers, preferably made of foam, or something that will shield you from the cold.
5. They say don't bring food, but last night at Cypress they ran out of hot food and people were waiting upwards of 2 hours to get food! If you have any conditions like hypoglycemia, diabetes, or you just need food bring granola bars and snacks and don't let security take it away from you. Too many people were in the first aid tent last night because of lack of food.
6. You are allowed to bring up to 2 bottles of sealed water - do it! At the outdoor venues there are no places to fill up empty water bottles and believe me, you don't want to wait in the food line for water!
7. Expect crowds, and some disorganization.
8. Apparently the time on your Olympic bus network ticket is irrelevant so show up earlier than the 30 minutes prior to your bus time that they originally told you - it's a free for all!
9. Bring cowbells and other noisemakers to outdoor events - they'll save your voice! :)
10. Apparently you aren't supposed to take photos with any camera that "looks" professional so be careful if you are bringing your snazzy camera - just don't look like media.

Enjoy the event! It was wonderful to see Jenn Heil win silver and two other Canadian girls ski as well. Bring your flags and your Canadian pride too! :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Olympic Memories

On the eve of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games I thought it was the perfect moment to post a few "blast from the past" photos of my experience at the Calgary Olympics in 1988! I still have vivid memories of the Calgary Games - watching the Jamaican bobsled team, cheering the British underdog Eddie the Eagle in the ski jump, getting photos with the mascots, standing outside the skating rink while the Brians fought for gold in men's figure skating and trading Olympic pins. I remember the excitement in the air at those games and I was only 8 years old, so I feel pretty lucky to now be able to experience it in my own city 22 years later. I hope the world will see what an amazing place this is - despite the rain :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

17. Walk to or from UBC one day

I've always wanted to walk home from UBC and imagined it would take about 2 hours, but to my delight I was able to walk the 9km distance in 1.5 hours! I even beat google maps estimate of 1 hour and 48 minutes so I must be a fast walker (or the hill down West 8th makes it a bit faster.) I did get pretty exhausted and hungry by the end (partly because I'm out of shape at the moment) and so ordered sushi when I was 10 minutes from the sushi place, and then proceeded to inhale the sushi the moment I got home. Next time I'll bring snacks and water! :)