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2 days 18 hours to go – Ceremonies of many sorts

February 9, 2010

It was a wild day for ceremonies, I got to see three different ceremonies.  The first was the unveiling of the Olympic Truce installation at the Olympic Village in Vancouver, then one of the Welcoming Ceremonies for the National Teams in the Olympic Village in Vancouver and lastly the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration Community Ceremony in Richmond.  It was a busy day!

The Olympic Truce installation unveiling was pretty special as Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada and Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC and several other people of note were in attendance.  The Olympic Truce installation is metal sculpture representing the art of Corinne Hunt that was used for the Olympic and Paralympic Medals.  Twin sculptures were unveiled simultaneously in Whistler.  Athletes, officials and volunteers in both Olympic Villages have been asked to sign the panels and registers with the pieces.  The registers will be donated to museums while the art panels will be auctioned off after the Games with the proceeds going to help Haiti.

The Welcoming Ceremony Plaza with the new Olympic Truce installation.

Next up was watching some of the Welcoming Ceremonies in the Olympic Village.  Teams are invited to have their flag raised and for the Chef de Mission to exchange welcome gifts with the Vancouver Olympic Village Mayors – Rick Hansen and Tricia Smith.  There is a welcome from the Four Host First Nations, music, dancing and Mascots involved in the Welcoming Ceremonies and they’re really quite fun.

Team Germany at their Welcoming Ceremony in the Vancouver Olympic Village.

And last, but certainly not least… I went to Richmond with a friend this evening for my last chance to attend an Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebration.  Montreal was fabulous but Richmond was entirely different… there were so many people!!  It was pretty amazing.  And seeing Rick Hansen light the Community Cauldron was spectacular.  Given the turn out tonight I’d say we’re ready for the Olympics!  I look forward to seeing the Torch next on Friday morning for Patti’s run, and then next in the Opening Ceremonies!  How exciting!

Rick Hansen just after lighting the Community Cauldron in Richmond.

Alright, to bed before midnight if I’m fast! Thank you merci for reading and sharing!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Paulina permalink
    February 10, 2010 2:09 pm

    Hi Andrea, would you be able to take a picture of the Polish Flag or maybe even Polish Olympic team in the Olympic Village in Vancouver?

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 10, 2010 7:07 pm

      Hi Paulina, I will try however I am not allowed to take photographs within the residential area of the Olympic Village so the flags would have to be visible from outside of the Village. I will take a look around and see what I can do!
      Thanks for reading!

  2. Paulina permalink
    February 11, 2010 11:19 am

    Thanks Andrea, BTW great blog. I heard about it recently from a friend. I have so much reading to catch up on. Best of everything and Happy Olympics to you 🙂


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