How did you and your family enjoy the sights millions of visitors were loving when they visited Whistler and Vancouver for the Winter Olympics 2010? Yes – Savvy sports travelers planned years in advance to be in the “Hollywood of the North” this February, when over 10,000 of the world’s top athletes descended on BC.
Not only is British Columbia one of the most beautiful places on earth; but Canadians gave athletes and tourists one of the warmest welcomes on earth with the Opening Ceremony held on Friday, February 12th, 2010 to mark the beginning of the Winter Games. Not to mention the unplanned hitch turned humor with the raising of the Olympic Cauldron…
Despite the concern of their Canadian hosts, visitors enjoyed this lovely city during an unprecedented rise in temperatures; making it one of the warmest winters in over 100 years while the East Coast of North America and even Europe is snow laden. Considering the snowfall in Vancouver, last winter, this is not something anyone wished for the host city of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics! However, Vancouverites trucked the snow in from back East, along with their visitors, and seem to be infused with an almost summer like spirit amidst the balmy temperatures.
Streets downtown swarmed day and night with everyone taking full advantage of the charged atmosphere. Athletes, sports travelers and enthusiasts savoured the top class Olympic competition at local venues in Vancouver, Richmond, Cypress Mountain and Whistler; despite the fact that nothing could prepare anyone for the terrible tragedy that occurred on the Luge track before the Games officially opened. Subsequent measures by authorities and sports bodies to prevent such a thing ever happening again, will not ease this pain… and the Vancouver Games will always be a sad reminder for millions.
So how do you explain the party pumping music and atmosphere in the celebrity littered streets all week? People young and old throwing their hearts and hopes behind their own country’s athletes. A demonstration of the power in celebrating life while you have the chance – while you have life in your veins – to strive, to perform and to live your utmost.
Many partied long into the night, while others rose early in the morning (in time to see the stars setting in the West over the BC Lions while at the same time, watching the sun rise in the East over the distant snow-covered slopes of Mount Baker in Washington, USA – all from Granville bridge). Whatever worked for those in Vancouver, the atmosphere was tangible…
Visitors and Locals alike made each day, hour and minute count ~ a tribute to life and the long years of training and dedication on the athletes part. What an inspiration it was to see them competing and striving to make their dreams a reality!
People love to share the good things in life; visitors, friends and family traveled home with firsthand accounts about what they had experienced and seen in and around Vancouver and Whistler. Inspiring visions for those who were not there – and an inspiration to make it a reality again in 2012 when the next Olympic Games take place in London!
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