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  1. It has been a long and exciting night! I will put in my 2 cents about the opening ceremonies...I have not read all of the replies here, so forgive me if it will be repeated. I was fortunate enough to attend the ceremonies and just watched the NBC and part of the CTV coverage of the live ceremonies which I had DVR'd. First of all, I think it was very appropriate the way they honored Nodar Kumaritashvili. The experience on TV was completely different that what it was like to be there. Some parts were better in person, and some were much better on TV. Overall I think the ceremonies were fantastic !!! The audience was part of the show, the energy was pretty high and it seemed that everyone had fun. It was hard to see some of the effects that were projected on the floor as we had seats close to the floor and far from the screens in the stadium, but on TV my opinion and the opinion of the people watching with me today, was that they were spectacular but at the same time touching. As for the crowd at BC place, MOST of us were beating our drums and making noise even during the athletes procession, however I still wish more people would have cheered, as I noticed that on TV the noise we were making was defiantely muted. Continuing with the audience at BC place, I was really PISSED off that most people cannot follow instructions!!! We did go through a few rehearsals, but during the actual show alot of people still did not do the effects right, or were too immersed in the show to look at the instructions on the screen and at the team leaders. The biggest screw up for the audience was during K.D Lang, when the candle light was supposed to start from the center of the stadium where she was, and SLOWLY radiate outward, each row turing on their candle lights when the team leader walked and pointed to that particular row.....well NOBODY did that, they just simply turned on their candles when K.D Lang came on.....uhhh!! Also, can someone who was at the ceremonies please tell me what the secret effect was when the cauldron was being lit that we were supposed to do with out flashnights...I saw something on the screen that said something like hold on button for a few seconds, but I was focused on the cauldron (so yes, I am at fault too for not follwing the instructions, but to be fair we didn't practice that part because it was "secret") Also some effects and segments I thought were better in person, like the fiddler / tapdancing segment, especially when their feet were on fire, in person it was amazing!! The musical performances were great, and the crowd really got into it during Bryan and Nelly's "Bang the drum", and I mean we really got into it! it was a lot of fun....BUT, could't see any if that during the coverage of NBC or CTV, nothing...it seemed like the audience was dead almost...a little dissapointed As for the cauldron itself, NOBODY that I was with at the ceremonies noticed any screw up with it, other than the music going off for a second, so to us it was perfect ! Only when we listened to the radio, got home and saw highlights we were told what happened, and I think that if some cauldron lighters, especially Steve Nash didn't make strange f*&*& faces, even at home it would have been less awkward! Actually watching Romania's coverage of the Opening, they didn't even comment on any glitches, just like us in the stadium, it looked that that is how it was supposed to be lit. So, I am wondering anyone else who has seen LIVE coverage in other countries, how many commentators didn't even notice the glitch?? Obviously now it has been all over the internet, so they will report on it, but watching it LIVE I think millions of people probably didn't even notice. Now, what I thought could have been better was if the outdoor cauldron was lit at the same time, with the fireworks going off at the same time, I thought that that the biggest problem of the ceremonies, even bigger than the BC place cauldron failure if you ask me! Overall, I think it was fantastic!!! A-
  2. It has been a long and exciting night! I will put in my 2 cents about the opening ceremonies...I have not read all of the replies here, so forgive me if it will be repeated. I was fortunate enough to attend the ceremonies and just watched the NBC and part of the CTV coverage of the live ceremonies which I had DVR'd. First of all, I think it was very appropriate the way they honored Nodar Kumaritashvili. The experience on TV was completely different that what it was like to be there. Some parts were better in person, and some were much better on TV. Overall I think the ceremonies were fantastic !!! The audience was part of the show, the energy was pretty high and it seemed that everyone had fun. It was hard to see some of the effects that were projected on the floor as we had seats close to the floor and far from the screens in the stadium, but on TV my opinion and the opinion of the people watching with me today, was that they were spectacular but at the same time touching. As for the crowd at BC place, MOST of us were beating our drums and making noise even during the athletes procession, however I still wish more people would have cheered, as I noticed that on TV the noise we were making was defiantely muted. Continuing with the audience at BC place, I was really PISSED off that most people cannot follow instructions!!! We did go through a few rehearsals, but during the actual show alot of people still did not do the effects right, or were too immersed in the show to look at the instructions on the screen and at the team leaders. The biggest screw up for the audience was during K.D Lang, when the candle light was supposed to start from the center of the stadium where she was, and SLOWLY radiate outward, each row turing on their candle lights when the team leader walked and pointed to that particular row.....well NOBODY did that, they just simply turned on their candles when K.D Lang came on.....uhhh!! Also, can someone who was at the ceremonies please tell me what the secret effect was when the cauldron was being lit that we were supposed to do with out flashnights...I saw something on the screen that said something like hold on button for a few seconds, but I was focused on the cauldron (so yes, I am at fault too for not follwing the instructions, but to be fair we didn't practice that part because it was "secret") Also some effects and segments I thought were better in person, like the fiddler / tapdancing segment, especially when their feet were on fire, in person it was amazing!! As for the cauldron itself, NOBODY that I was with at the ceremonies noticed any screw up with it, other than the music going off for a second, so to us it was perfect ! Only when we listened to the radio, got home and saw highlights we were told what happened, and I think that if some cauldron lighters, especially Steve Nash didn't make strange f*&*& faces, even at home it would have been less awkward! Actually watching Romania's coverage of the Opening, they didn't even comment on any glitches, just like us in the stadium, it looked that that is how it was supposed to be lit. So, I am wondering anyone else who has seen LIVE coverage in other countries, how many commentators didn't even notice the glitch?? Obviously now it has been all over the internet, so they will report on it, but watching it LIVE I think millions of people probably didn't even notice. Now, what I thought could have been better was if the outdoor cauldron was lit at the same time, with the fireworks going off at the same time, I thought that that the biggest problem of the ceremonies, even bigger than the BC place cauldron failure if you ask me! Overall, I think it was fantastic!!! A-
  3. I was not sure where to post this. A few pics of the Torch travelling through my area, Queensborough. After a last minute route change, it actually passed RIGHT in front of my house, it was very, very exciting. Surprised to see so many people showed up on a work day in our little community, but everyone was cheering and running behind the torch, it was very fun !
  4. Not exactly new pictures, taken over the last few weeks, my first attempt, but here we go !
  5. MMMMMMMM...One of the reasons I like the olympics !
  6. Very unique ! Best looking podiums I have seen ever at the Olympics !
  7. Count me in as well ! Everything from Opening Ceremonies to curling, to Hockey and live sites, I will be there and try to post as much as possible
  8. I apologize, I just noticed that you had already posted ALL the info, I guess with so much info you post I just missed it !
  9. TVR the Romanian national network will have over 300 hours of Olympic coverage on 3 channels (including TVR HD). They will have Olympic coverage from 21:00 to 9:30 the next day. Their Olympic website was just launched, looks like they borrowed ALOT of visuals from the Vancouver2010 site. Alot of the features on the website are not working yet: Medals counts, contests, results, world records, etc, but check it out. TVR 2010 Olympics
  10. I wonder what the opening ceremony tickets look like
  11. here are a couple of pics of the tix as promised
  12. Yes I received my tickets at 9:00 AM this morning via Purolator, but I know that tickets are supposed to be delivered all week long and after that too, depending on where you live maybe, or the events that you got, or perhaps both...
  13. I live in the Richmond -ish area, LOL I got tickets for Women's Semifinal Hockey, Women's Bronze Medal Hockey, Men's Curling Prelims (including Canada), and Victory Ceremonies ( hoping to trade a few for either Speed Skating at the Oval or any Mountain Medal Events). I did notice on Saturday when I logged in my ticketing account, that there was a link ( non working though) that said " Your Auctions", so maybe the trade/sell part of the website is coming soon My partner is also getting tickets in his name (including Opening Ceremonies) - but those are being delivered downtown on Friday
  14. Today was my arrival date, and Purolator knocked at my door right at 9:00 AM ! I am glad it worked out that way because the Purolator offices have bad hours (9:30 to 5:30 ) and I couldn't make to the pickup location any day this week, so yeah if they had come 5 minutes later, I dunno what I would have done. I wonder if you can call in with your tracking # and request an alternate delivery address.....like work.
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