Highlight of 2010: Vancouver 2010 Olympics

As the year comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on my personal experiences as a volunteer and spectator at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.  This event was, without a doubt, the highlight of my year.  The memories are amazing and something I will cherish for the rest of my life.  VANOC and the entire country truly put on something that brought us Canadians together.

My trip to Vancouver involved closing down my practice for over three weeks, renting a small condo in Vancouver’s Yaletown, and embarking on one what would turn out to be an amazing adventure.  During those few weeks I worked a job in the Olympic Village, met some cool people, saw the opening and closing ceremonies live, and saw some amazing events.  Many of my day-to-day experiences were chronicled on my now-retired Twitter account @olympic_lawyer.  I look forward future blogs where I will share in great detail my experiences and feelings towards what truly became Canada’s Games.

I was extremely fortunate to see a whopping seven Canadian gold-medals.  Every event session I went to where a medal was being awarded, I saw a Canadian victory.  This included the following:

  1. Christine Nesbitt’s win in the ladies’ 1500m long-track speedskating at the Richmond Olympic Oval
  2. Ashleigh McIvor’s win in the inaugural ladies’ ski-cross at Cypress Mountain.
  3. Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse gold in ladies’ bobsled (we also took a silver in this one) at the Whistler Sliding Centre.
  4. Charles Hamelin’s gold in the men’s 500m short track at the Pacific Coloseum (Canada won a bronze as well).
  5. The men’s short-track relay team’s win on the same night as Charles Hamelin’s 500m gold (team consisted of Charles and Francois Hamelin, Olivier Jean, Francois-Louis Tremblay, Guillaume Bastille).
  6. The men’s team pusuit gold at the Richmond Olympic Oval (team consisted of Denny Morrison, Mathieu Giroux, Lucas Makowsky).

That makes six.  There was one more.  Can you guess what it was?

That’s right!  I had the unique opportunity to see Team Canada capture gold in men’s hockey (there’s a picture of me after Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal).

While not all Canadians had the opportunity to be present in Vancouver, I am certain that most of us have memories of Vancouver 2010 that we will one day share with future generations of Canadians.

All the best for 2011!

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