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! :)