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  1. Now that Harper seems to have escaped being defeated by the coalition because of the federal budget, it will be interesting on how many heads of state would want to go to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Don't forget that the G8 Summit in Ontario later that year could have more heads of state and dignitaries attending it.

    So, a bigger question comes to mind: will it be Vancouver 2010 or Huntsville, Ontario, that they would come in bigger numbers?

  2. To be honest, I love watching archery. Its actually one of the most nerve-wracking sports out there, and matches tend to be very, very close.

    Shame there is no Canadian DVD set like there was for Turino. And its also too bad that there dosen't seam to be any BD releases anywhere.

    What? CBC is not selling a DVD set about anything Beijing 2008?? :o I was told otherwise, but I didn't have time to really check the CBC on-line store for it. I know that CCTV or whatever Chinese broadcaster has already got the whole opening ceremony (at least) on DVD.

  3. Doesn't representing the unique linguistic culture give hardcore separatism even more grounds in their goals?

    If Vancouver is forced to have an anglophone and frenchie to the honours, they should be forced to have a cantonese and punjabi speaker in the mix too. :P

    You know, that will be an interesting proposition, considering that Furlong and VANOC wants the Vancouver 2010 Games to be the "Canada Games" in the first place.

  4. Yes, I'm sure he'll be part of the relay through NL.

    But there is always the question of the stadium runners. The norm in the past few years has been established that a bevy fo past Olympic champions/medallists from the Host Nation parade the flame around the stadium to thunderous cheers. Atlanta, Nagano, Sydney, Salt Lake, Athens, Torino, Beijing...it has been an unbroken string with the exception of the British land mine victim in Nagano. So that leaves the question for Vancouver. Will it continue what I believe is a really great tradition?

    There is a long list of gold and multiple medallists to chose from (especially in the post-Calgary years)...Catriona LeMay Doan, Marc Gagnon, Cindy Klassen, Clara Hughes, Sale/Pelletier, the Gushue team, Beckie Scott, Lueders/MacEachern, Elvis Stojko, Chandra Crawford, Kerrin Lee-Gartner, Jean-Luc Brassard, Jennifer Heil, the men's and women's hockey teams, Duff Gibson, the Schmirler team, and others.

    And then you have the old schoolers like Barbara Ann Scott, Nancy Greene, Anne Heggtveit, Vic Emery, Wagner/Paul, Kathy Krenier, Gaetan Boucher, and Brian Orser.

    There are the two names that I don't think will be there do to personal controversies...Ross Rebagliati and Myriam Bedard.

    Or what about Jean-Marc Rozon, Sylvie Daigle, or Linda Moore. Who? Why? Well, this group are the only Canadian athletes (although Linda was part of a curling team) to win gold medals at Olympic Games held in Canada...too bad they were part Calgary's demonstration sports roster. Sylvie eventually won gold in an official Albertville short-track relay.

    Anyway, I hope they pick 4 or 5 good choices from this list for torch stations in the stadium.

    I think they ALL will get their chance, in one form or another, to run with the Vancouver 2010 torch in whatever province or territory they have mostly reside. For the brainstorming session about the possible stadium runners, I would guess that they would be mostly BC-based Olympic athletes, current and former. To that end, I would not be surprised, if Kerrin Lee-Gartner and Nancy Greene are candidates to be in that final run.

  5. Give me a break here. Nagano had a risk of having earthquakes during the 1998 Winter Olympics. Guess what? On the last day of those Games, there were news gossip or rumors that tried to confirm whether one did strike the area, after that big fireworks display at the closing ceremony.

    Anyway, I would not worry about it. It is not like Vancouver city officials were that blind to the possibility of that kind of natural disaster. With that big one in Alaska in the 1960s and the on-and-off rumblings of it along the western coast of the States over the years, I agree with IceNarcissus that it will happen to the Vancouver area again. It is just the matter of when and not if.

  6. Well, these are government suggestions, not orders. Vanoc doesn't have to take them. Selecting veterans (or even family members of those killed) to carry the torch along the path is OK by me, but in my mind, the first Canadians to actually carry the flame on Canadian soil should be athletes and residents of that particular province or territory. In 1988, legendary Olympic champion Barbara Ann Scott and former Newfoundland Olympian Ferd Hayward picked up the torch when it arrived in St. John's. That is a more fitting message of unifying Canadians, sport, and the Olympics than sending in the military to greet the flame. I think the relay also needs to get started off with a big name to attract attention. From there, it should to to Canadians of all walks of life.

    I liked that decision from OCO'88 then. I would not be surprised, when it comes to Newfoundland here, that Brad Gushue of the men's curling team from Torino 2006 will start that portion of the relay. He's still the biggest star there.

  7. Just hope that it is not the "Vancouver 2010" version of what the London 2012 presentation will look like. Man, some people really stuck it to VANOC, when they were displeased about how it was perceived at the Torino 2006 closing ceremony. Anyway, I cannot wait for what LOCOG approved for previewing London's Olympic Games at the time alloted.

  8. I think consistency seems to be a problem: the first week produces very little or no medal performances; the second week is the complete opposite.

    I just looked at the medals table, with only 2 days of competition to go. Gold medal wise, it sits on 17th place; overall medals, it sits at 13th spot. If Canada does win another gold medal tomorrow or Sunday, it would jump 3 places, according to the most reputable ranking most of the world recognizes with gold medals won. It will be so amazing, if Canada somewhat manages to get a top 10 finish in the end in this regard.

  9. So does Canada, in joining the Americans in ranking medal wins by overall total. I think these two countries are the major holdouts in this matter, while the rest of the world see China as the "real winner" of the medal tally so far because of GOLD MEDALS WON. Besides, there is no prize to contest in doing so and for a very good reason. It can be demoralizing to the overall Olympic Movement, if such a prize were to be created. There is quite enough nationalistic chauvinism in the world as is right now.

  10. I wonder how long BMX is going to last at the Olympics. More and more people are doing Mountain biking now rather than BMX. There's a BMX track 2 blocks from where I live and it hardly gets used by BMXers any more. I see more mountain bikes on the track. A bunch of the local ski resorts have mountain bike trails with a lot of technical stuff like ramps and jumps. Even Olympic Park in Calgary has some pretty good mountain bike trails next to the Bobsleigh track.

    I think BMX is a little late in getting to the Olympics. I could see Mountain Biking replacing BMX in the near future.

    At nearby town of Airdrie, there is a BMX track that is great. In fact, it is where the Cools family spend a lot of their time.

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