Monday, March 01, 2010
I couldn't get these videos to upload here...so you have to click on the link. but they're great! My friend Sylvia got a good video of the bobsleigh crash I was describing. At first she's just panning around and you get a really good view of the scenery, AND just how steep it is after the finish line. We're standing a ways past the finish line. But then you can see Ana and I looking over our shoulders and then people running towards the track. This video really doesn't look too bad...but it was scary!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chandravan/4400545072/ It shows it pretty well. It looks a lot slower than it actually was.
This is a video Ana and Syl watching their first bobsleigh going by. It is literally jaw dropping when you see if for the first time!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
It was an exciting game. At one point the puck struck the plexi-glass so hard it cracked it. So they brought a ladder out and a new sheet and fixed it...right there in the game! :) Super fun.
But we didn't get home until about 1:30 am....and we needed to get up at 5:00 am to catch the bus! Wow, those couple hours were not enough!! :) But we made it. We took Sonia and Rob to their bus to get to Cypress to watch ski cross and then Ana, my friend Sylvia and I headed up to Whistler for a jam packed day.
We started off at men's super combined which is one run of downhill and one run of slalom. It was really exciting. The course and where the finish line was, was in shade for a while and c-c-c-c-cold, but soon the sun peeked out and it got quite hot. We got some color in our cheeks, definitely. :) Here's Ana and Syl posing in the sun.
Bode Miller won. He really was great. Another great thing was that Croatia won the silver. The course designer was his dad! :) hee hee hee hee. There were these two crazy Croatia fans right behind us and I got a great picture of Ana with them. After that was over we headed over to Whistler Village and up to the sliding center for the 2-man bobsleigh. We were watching the forerunners coming down standing just past the finish line and all of a sudden when the sled was behind us on the loop before the final turn into the finish line area, emergency staff started running over with these grappling hooks. then suddenly in front of us roaring past us comes a sled on it's side. I was very impressed with the people there to help. They used the hooks to stop and turn over the sled to get the people inside out. It really was quite scary.
But after that, there was not one single crash. Thank god. Germany won gold and silver. It was very very exciting. Canada was....4th I think. Very fun. By the time we got home from that it was 10:00...so we slept in this morning. Hee hee.
Tomorrow Ana and I are off to curling in the morning and then hopefully we'll all go to the aquarium in the afternoon. Sun's still shinning.... :)
Friday, February 19, 2010
Yesterday I headed back up to Whistler for skeleton. It was heat 1 & 2 for the men and women. The women were supposed to start at 4:00 pm, but the start track had basically melted, so it was delayed until 4:30. They may be even crazier than the lugers!!!! It's luge, but head-first! Sheesh. I took lots of great pictures...but my mom borrowed my camera today so I can't download the pics yet.
As my dad and I were walking to the gondola to go to the sliding center we happened to catch the end of Christine Nesbitt's gold win in the 1,000 meter speed skating. They have these big screen tv's set up several places in Whistler and people are gathered around watching. It's super fun. Up at the sliding center in the break between the women and men's skeleton they showed the 3-2 shootout at the Canada- Switzerland hockey game.
It got so cold watching skeleton that dad and I only made it through the first run of the men. By the time I got back to Vancouver it was about 11:30. I finally warmed up on the drive back in the car with the heat blasting! :) It was great, again, to see all the flags and people out there cheering for their countrymen. People from all over the world.
Today Ana, Sonia and Rob arrive. Woohoo!! :) We have hockey tickets for tomorrow (Germany vs Belarus) and then Sunday Sonia and Rob are off to aerials and Ana and I go to Whistler for the rescheduled men's super combined and bobsleigh!
Btw, it really is bobsleigh not bobsled. Who knew?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
CANADA RULES!!!!!! :) Hee hee.
I was trying to embed this video of Bilodeau's gold medal ceremony... but I think the best I can do is a link...
Monday, February 15, 2010
Those guys are INSANE!!!! It's sheer insanity. They're going 130-144 km/hour, which is about 100 miles/hour. It's crazy. Takes a bit to figure out how to watch it, and even longer to take a good pictures. After a couple mistakes, I got this great picture:
Friday, February 12, 2010
Check that gallery for updates. That's where I'll be posting them.
Also today, protesters made the torch relay detour from it's route right when it was approaching the vet memorial in Vancouver! Those poor vets were moved to tears. They wanted the flame to come to honor their fallen friends and "some brats" as one soldier called them, forced the route to change. I have no problem with protests...but that was a heartless choice of spots.
So all in all...a tough day and start to the games. I'm trying to find my Olympic spirit again.... I'm sure it'll come once I'm out at an event. I hope. I'll upload pics as soon as I have them.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Yesterday my drive up was fine. Left Bend at about 2:00 and got here at about 10:45. The border crossing, which I thought might be bad, only took 5 minutes. Awesome! As I was driving up to the border there was a line of 13 charter buses in front of my. I gunned it to get by them. Hee hee.
Tomorrow I plan to go watch the Olympic Torch Relay which will be passing close to my parent's house. I'm trying to figure out if I can get down to watch it go across the bay in a dragon boat too. GO CANADA!!!!
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
I'm actually going to be able to see a lot of things: luge, skeleton (like luge, but headfirst!), bobsleigh, men's downhill, women's slalom, ice hockey (Germany vs Belarus) and curling. I know people laugh at curling... but I think it's going to be a lot more fun that something like xc skiing! But that's just my opinion.
WOOHOO!!!!!!! Next time I update I'll BE IN VANCOUVER!!!! :)