Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Cauldron and wearing your Team Canada uniform

I had the day off on Saturday after the opening ceremonies, so we (Nicole Clarke and I) went downtown to see the Olympic cauldron. As we approached we heard a familiar voice on a megaphone. Matt Stronach, a former Queen's Hockey player PHE Student, and Queen's hockey announce, who is also working for Vanoc, was giving out crowd directions to the Cauldron. after teasing him for a bit we followed his advice and the crowd toward the International Broadcast Centre and the spot where the Olympic Flame will burn. When we got there, I was really surprised to see that it is behind a construction/security fence. There was only a small area for people to look at it, and you definitely could not get close. I have heard since that it has been improved a bit, but there is still a big fence around it.

If you have been watching the Olympics, you will have seen the crowds in downtown Vancouver and at all the venues wearing all wearing the maple leaf in full force. The uniform of the Olympics is definitely anything with a maple leaf. If you go into downtown without your Canada uniform, you feel out of place. I even saw a random jogger yesterday running on the sea wall in a Canadian Flag cape.