Let the Games begin!

February 13, 2010

I don’t really want to talk about the technical difficulties at the end of last night’s ceremonies. It was a little heartbreaking to stand there, watching  it happen, and know that millions around the world were seeing the same train wreck. It was an unfortunate mar on what was otherwise (as far as I’m concerned) an amazing show. 

I loved how they managed to capture so much of what makes Canada, Canada in only three hours. From the welcome of the Four Host First Nations to the spoken word poetry performed by Shane Koyczan; from Orcas (my favourite part!) to life on the prairies; from the Group of Seven to the Rockies;  it was all such a great reminder of the amazing things Canada has to offer. 

Other than the whales, the performances were the highlights for me. Bang the Drum performed by Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams had that infectious pop quality that stayed with me long after the show was over. I thought Sarah McLachlan’s Ordinary Miracle was gorgeous, and the dancers accompanying this piece were beautiful. Everyone I’ve spoken to said k.d. lang mastered Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. The performances by all the fiddlers, and Ashley MacIsaac in particular, had the entire stadium on their feet clapping along. 

The parts that were kept secret to the very end were the names of those who would carry in the Olympic flag and the one who would have the all important duty of lighting the torch. I got a bit of a sneak peek at these names when I went to hand out the “top-secret” insert to the photographers just one minute before the start of the show. I thought VANOC made some great decisions by selecting such well-respected Canadian flag bearers and, as it turned out, multiple torch lighters. I suspected Wayne Gretzky would be the last torch bearer and I was happy to find out I had guessed right! 

One of my other favourite parts was watching the Canadians walking in at the end of the parade of athletes. They all looked so excited and the audience was going crazy! 

I have to take off to work my first shift at Canada Hockey Place now – the Canadian women are playing Slovakia – so I’ll leave you with some pictures I took from with my phone last night. 

Team Canada enters the Opening Ceremonies

The Olympic Torch is lit

 P.S. Today at 7:18 and 7:30 (10:17 and 10:30 EST) Canada has a good chance to win our first gold medal on home soil. I hope everyone will be watching! 

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