As I am getting all geared up to watch the Olympic torch roll into my city I thought I should flashback to my first Olympic experience. In 1988 I was living in my hometown of Calgary Alberta, I was 6 years old and excited for the Olympics. My older cousin was going to be performing in the Opening Ceremonies and I thought that was just the coolest thing ever. Then my dad got tickets to the Opening Ceremonies which meant I would get to go. Sadly he got sick and then mom took me instead.
That’s me! Bundled up because boy it was cold! There were ponchos under each seat that we had to put on (get on it lady in blue!), most were white but there were lucky people in the crowd (like red in the foreground) who made out the Olympic rings in the audience. I remember being very jealous of the people with a colored poncho.
At the time I was living in an apartment building downtown and I remember running out to the street to see the Olympic torch go by the side alley, so exciting.
I haven’t even told you the best part….. I carried the torch! Don’t believe me?
I entered a contest at my school, one child from each grade was chosen and I won!
My class with their paper torches (suckers!).
There are so many great events I plan on attending at these 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics like the free concerts, zipline and I have tickets to a mens qualification hockey game. Also I am using all my spare time running around with my camera snapping people from all over the world who are here to celebrate, perform and compete.
Will you be watching the games?