Every couple of years, the world becomes obsessed with precious metals for two weeks. Eyes are glued to the TV watching the best of the best compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. Athletes train their entire lives for a chance to win, and nationalistic pride becomes the baseline. We are of course talking about the Olympic games. This weekend, the most recent competition begins in Tokyo. We originally wanted to save this post as a 10 year anniversary of the Olympics, but even Tokyo 2020 had to wait another 12 months to begin. We’re just following their lead. Today is a throwback to when the Olympic Games made a stopover in Canada during the winter of 2010.
Vancouver was chosen as the host city for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic games. This turned out to be one of the most memorable two weeks in the history of the city. People from across Canada and around the world arrived into the city to help us celebrate. It was a memorable moment for the city and those who were here to enjoy it in person. One of the most important events was held in the morning during the final day, when the Gold Medal for Men’s hockey was awarded to the Canadians. This was followed by a massive celebration at the intersection of Granville and Robson street, after which I attended the Closing Ceremonies at BC Place.
This year, there are no spectators for the Tokyo Olympics, which is sad because it robs the athletes of the atmosphere of the games. Today we’re going to hop into the time machine and go back to re-visit this incredible 2 weeks in Vancouver. These are just a few of my favourite pictures from Vancouver 2010.
What made the Vancouver Olympics 2010 so amazing?
Let the games begin! The entire country descended on Vancouver made everyone feel more Canadian. The energy levels in the city got turned up to 11. It’s hard not to be patriotic when everyone is wearing red and waving flags.
We totally missed the 10 year anniversary of the Olympics. We’ve decided to bump it back a few more months to match the Tokyo Games. Happy 11th (and a half) anniversary for the Olympic games held here in Vancouver. I was living in the city at the time and even lucky enough to get tickets to a few different games and events. Whenever possible, I took in much of the day to day celebration surrounding the Olympics.
There was so much to see and do. During the Olympic games I visited the athletes village on False Creek, the Olympic torch at Jack Poole Plaza and Sochi House, an exhibition showcasing the next winter olympic hos city of Sochi 2014. The top highlight was attending the actual events. Some of the best memories included a Preliminary Men’s Hockey game between Russia and Slovakia, Men’s Gold Medal Curling between Canada and Norway and the Men’s Sledge Hockey (Canada vs Norway). This was a once in a lifetime type of event, and i’m glad I got to live and breath the olympics for two weeks.
Go Canada go!