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With Glowing Hearts

Today I received a delivery I wasn’t expecting.

With Glowing Hearts - Vancouver 2010 Commemorative Book

With Glowing Hearts – courtesy of Rebecca Bollwitt

But not that I’m complaining.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a good size box addressed to me with Vancouver 2010 design waiting on the couch for my arrival home from work this evening. Not exactly sure what it was, I opened it to discover that inside was a brand spanking new copy of With Glowing Hearts / Des plus brillants exploits: The Official Commemorative Book of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games / Le livre commmoratif officiel des XXIes Jeux olympiques d’hiver et des Xes Jeux paralympiques d’hiver (furthermore known as “With Glowing Hearts” because I can’t imagine having to type that out again). What’s so odd though is I don’t remember ordering it. But again, I’m not complaining.

With Glowing Hearts - Vancouver 2010 Commemorative Book

Quote from John Furlong – courtesy of Rebecca Bollwitt

With Glowing Hearts is a beautifully put together book to commemorate both the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I have only had a brief chance to rifle through and I’m already reliving the memories and feelings that we all experienced just a few months ago. Whether it was cheering with my family when Alexandre Bilodeau won Canada’s first gold medal on home soil, experiencing a moment of anguish to be followed by sheer pandemonium on my own when Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in the Men’s Hockey Gold Medal Game, or feeling the connection to hundreds to thousands of people enjoying the electric atmosphere on Granville Street downtown, the book is a fantastic means to keep the story fresh.

If you haven’t done so already, I strongly encourage to get yourself a copy as a keepsake. It’s well worth the money (or in my case, possibly someone else’s).

Tonight – Hockey Tweetup at MolsonCoors Brewery

Early this month, MolsonCoors opened up it’s doors to a number of people involved in the Vancouver social media scene (being pretty involved in the social media scene themselves), as well as some rabid sports fans to take in the Canada/Norway men’s hockey game. I did have a chance to go, but as I was taking in men’s and women’s curling that day, had to opt out. Apparently fun was had by all and I missed out.

Watching Olympic Hockey at the Molson Brewery

Is this guy legal? – courtesy of John Biehler

So when I saw a tweet from Ferg Devins (@MolsonFerg) asking if there was interest in attending a tweetup for tonight’s bronze medal game between Finland and Slovakia, I nearly broke my phone tweeting him back to advise of my interest.

Fortunately, Ferg did receive my message and I’m happy to say I’ll be there tonight. If you’re going, track me down – the real name is Chris and on twitter y’all know me as @lyteforce.

Vancouver 2010 Victory Ceremonies

Maybe I’m simply being greedy, or inconsiderate, or picky. Or maybe a combination of the three. But I almost feel let down when the victory ceremony and medal presentation is held the following day.

BC Place Victory Ceremony

Victory Ceremony Stage – courtesy of Chris Reddy

Why you ask? Well…

“Here I am, all psyched up from the euphoria of watching Canadian athletes tear it up. I’m shouting, pumping my fists in the air, and getting my voice tuned to do a little Canadian anthem karaoke. But wait, there isn’t anything like that taking place. I have to wait. And then.. I’ve lost the groove.”

Now I still get amped watching the gold medal get handed off. And I do sing along any chance I get when the Canadian anthem is concerned, but it’s not as exciting or enthusiastic as it would have been live. You know?

What do y’all think?

Slash rant.

Reflection: Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremonies

The Olympic Flame has been lit and the first medals have already been awarded. Yet I still have butterflies of excitement and expectation in my stomach from watching the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony

Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony – courtesy of nucksfan604

Even with it’s minor blemishes, I thought the ceremonies to open the Winter Games was awesome. The opening montage of having a snowboarder start on the peak of one of the coastal mountains while an announcer progressed through the various Winter Games leading to Vancouver amped up my anticipation. And having him jump into the stadium had me sitting forward in my seat at home.

Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony

Aboriginal Welcome – courtesy of nucksfan604

What has to be the best welcome of any Olympic Ceremonies I’ve seen was the Four Host First Nations welcoming both the world and the many first nations of Canada to the traditional territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh. The dancing and colours were electric and enthralling and the music alone had me racing to iTunes to pick up the Official Commemorative Album.

2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony, BC Place

Alpine Activities – courtesy of s.yume

I found much of the cultural component of the opening ceremonies truly representative of Canada. With the entire stadium wearing white ponchos and a white raised floor, images were displayed throughout to outline the different seasons, the many flags, and even iconic images of Orca swimming through (and breathing too boot).

Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony

Cosmopolitan Vancouver – courtesy of nucksfan604

In my opinion, the best part of the ceremonies, was the introduction of “We Are More” from Shane Koyczan. I am at a loss for words to describe how this poem got me psyched up for what will come from our Canadian athletes and introduced our new-found patriotism to the world. Yes, we ARE the “what” in “What’s new?”
And although our ceremonies did not surpass what we saw in 2008 in Beijing, I don’t think we need to fret. Canada instead did it our way and for that I’m a proud. And every day throughout the games, I will wear feel honoured to wear red knowing that we have welcomed the world in the best way possible.

The Canadian way.

2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony, BC Place

Let the Flame Burn – courtesy of s.yume

Canadian Pride

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Having only driving across the border a handful of times, I’d never consider myself an expert on the subject, but there seems to be a US flag on every corner – they’re everywhere. And people would likely agree that the pride that those from the US show is unreal (some would even say obnoxious). And yet as close as we are to our neighbours to the south, Canadian patriotism tends to be quiet and subdued. Sure we like to throw a party now and then, but we’re pretty laid back overall.

But not anymore.

If there is one thing that the Winter Games has done, it’s allowed Canadians to bust loose. Everywhere I go there are flags flying high, flags hanging in windows, on cars and on clothes. In fact, I’ve gotten into the action by hanging my Canadian flag up for all to see.

And you know what? I like it. I like that we Canadians are showing the world we are a proud nation. I like that we are ready to welcome the world with open arms and show them what it’s like to be a Canadian. Can you imagine what it will be like when the first Canadian athlete brings home our first gold medal on home soil? Or better yet, the sound of the Canadian anthem being played as the flag is raised high for all to see.

I’d be lying if I didn’ t say hearing the anthem at the Richmond Torch Relay Ceremony didn’t bring tears to my eyes, but I’m proud to say it nonetheless. I like to think that our pride as a nation will continue beyond the games – because that’s a Canada I could get used to.

Georgia Street Canada Flag

True North Strong & Free – courtesy of John Bolwitt

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