"Citius, Altius, Fortius"
Whistler Travel Blog› entry 4 of 5 › view all entries
February 24th, 2010 – by: Dolphintrekker
I may not make sense in today's entry because I have only had 3.5 hours of sleep from my last entry. I actually don't know how my mind is functioning right now, or where I am drawing the energy to stay awake....so we'll see
The day started with a 2 something hours bus ride to Whistler from Vancouver. Actually I don't know how long the bus ride was because I took an on-off nap during the ride. But when my visual and brain orientation came around....I was seeing SNOW!!! That's when I realized that I have missed Whistler.
Being a small town, Whistler's security is much tighter and much tougher. There are checkpoints after checkpoints especially those nearing a venue. This is what we encountered on our way to our lodging, because its located right next to the Olympic run....literally, open the backyard doors, and there is the women's or men's competition....no tickets needed. So, we looked forward to watching the Women's GS 2nd run competition, but was postponed due to poor visibility, so it'll be held tomorrow morning instead. This lodging is simply awesome, the kind that you use on the cover of a high-end resort brochures. Thanks to friends of friends, we are comfortably experiencing these games.
Since there were no other competition being held on the mountain, we headed to the Village. Yikes-o-rama, the once snow filled winter wonderland I have come to know and love.....DRY!! not a snow on the ground....!!! Normally, there are banks of snow on the sidewalk and snow littering the ground. It was snowing today, but its is also the first time it's snowed since the Olympic games began =( Global warming...it's real.
During a late lunch or early dinner, whichever, one of the stories that our server shared was that an American customer of hers had commented that they'd wished that the US would stop winning gold already, so that they wouldn't get flack from Canadian fans. I thought to my self, why? The Canadians have only had the spirit of fun and camaraderie and even supportive, when interacting with non-Canadian fans.
But today belonged to the Canadians, winning the women's two man bob sleigh team, 1 & 2, and the Canadian hockey team impressively advancing to the Semifinals by beating the Russians. My friend and I ran into a post-ceremony interview of the women bob sleigh winners, and made it a point to stop and watch the Live interview, and off course to take pictures, and possibly get ourselves on TV (hehehe).
On one of the minuscule an ugly note of this trip, one of my favorite cafes on the Village, had closed down. And after watching CTV, an observation I have of their newscasters and their reporting style strikes me as informal or more of something you'd expect from local city reporting instead of a national broadcasted venue, compared to our own back home, like CNN or even NBC. I can't put my finger on it, but they almost seem condescending. I guess I am looking for that good sportsmanship to be practiced and observed by everyone involved or associated with the Olympics especially during the games....I know, it may just be the lack of sleep or aching body that's talking or plain dehaydration.
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