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  1. Thanks to you and Faster for posting those YouTube uploads. By the way, the link above is the French version; the one below is the English version of CBC's Athens 2004 intro: Link: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=jZrlQon_bl0
  2. With three weeks to go to the day until the opening ceremony, it looks amazing so far, even though that was just a rehearsal. Wonder how many people outside the Bird's Nest area stuck around for those practice fireworks?
  3. Just one more month or 30 days to go!
  4. To me, I would choose the men's swimming events, especially the ones that Michael Phelps are confirmed to be in. You see, if he does win that many Olympic gold medals, as some commentators are saying, he will be the most decorated in Olympic history that may not be matched for many future Olympiads to come. That is and at least, in terms of the gold medal category. The bigger question would be whether Phelps would want to go to London 2012 or not.
  5. This Canadian team will be bigger than 4 years ago for Athens, right?
  6. Now, the closing ceremony is done.
  7. Well, taichi, some conspiracy theorists love to say the things about why this is the official outcome in this case.
  8. Now, there will be no international Paralympic torch relay for 2008.
  9. GBModerator, now that the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games is less than 2 months away, how are you and the others are going to monitor these forums from crashing or from other potential problems, when some of us want to post comments here during the Games?
  10. More salt to CBC's wounds. If you die-hard Canadian ice hockey fans did not know about it, the "second national anthem of Canada" which is the Hockey Night in Canada theme song, was dropped from the CBC recently because of some degree of dispute between it and the owning composer of the song. Well, today, did you know where it went? CTV bought the rights to the song and it will be played on TSN's ice hockey games as its intro, like the way the CBC used to do it. More so, believe it or not, it will be used by CTV to signal the beginning of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games for all those days in February.
  11. Well, at least, Sullivan could have been the first one of that situation being able to pass the Oslo Olympic Flag to the mayor of Sochi, Russia, via Rogge at the closing ceremony.
  12. Cannot wait for it to be shown at the appointed time, mr.x.
  13. The balance issue of those who "did qualify" for Beijing 2008 and those "who didn't" did seem to rise again with the Canadian team, especially with the track and field events. This was starting to become like the way Canadian athletes had to qualify for Athens 2004 again.
  14. It was supposed to be a joke. However, that sovereigntist seemed to be serious, when she was reported to have said that Jean was "a slave of the English Canadian government." I wouldn't be surprised, if she had that real sick idea of having Jean and other Haitians living in Canada "to go back home." If logic dictates about her idea of a "pure Quebec", she would not apologize to Jean for her outrageous remarks. So, Kendegra, returning to what matters here, Michaelle Jean will be the one opening Vancouver 2010. That will be great to see her do it, if you are right about her end term date here. I just forgot the date, when she was inaugurated as Canada's GG and head of state.
  15. Not as stupid as someone wanting to blow up a bridge in Vancouver, according again to one "hyper-sensitive" news program. So much so that one of the RCMP officers used "American thinking" to catch the suspect. Oh, yeah, let's run over him with the police vehicle. Don't think it was intentional, but the news program tried to make it sound like it was. Sort of like one of those episodes from a TV show (no, not COPS) called Disorderly Conduct in America.
  16. Well, how long does Jean has in her term as Governor-General? If I am right, then she will not open the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Unless, there is some change in the rules that would allow her to do so. Otherwise, it will be someone else that is ENGLISH-SPEAKING. Besides, one so-called "righteous sovereigntist" used the "N" word to describe her last week. Lovely, isn't it? Even more of the sick sarcasm about "freeing Quebec from Canadian Communism." :rolleyes:
  17. Well, what does one expect when the Olympic Games is about to be held in the most-populous nation this August that the tickets for all events would be almost sold out? Link: CBC: 6.8 million tickets for Beijing Olympics nearly gone Let's see, if London 2012 can repeat this feat.
  18. Enough of that nonsense here, okay? Getting back on topic, I need this confirmed. There will be a change of plans of how the Olympic torch relay will be run, after the earthquake devastation on Sichuan province, right? On top of that, the Olympic torch run in Sichuan province will take place in August instead, just days before the opening ceremony and it will be the last province to experience it, before the torch goes directly to Beijing. Is that also right?
  19. Almost a week ago, VANOC has started calling for volunteers. Right now, it is looking for people that wants to volunteer for the Sport Events area.
  20. Mr.x, how is the tourism situation for the Vancouver area so far? If it is so bleak as our vaulted news programs claim to be, then it could put more pressure on Vancouver and the 2010 Winter Olympics to start bringing in the tourists, especially from overseas, back to Canada. Is Canada's image as a tourist destination getting beaten up? I don't believe that. Talk about exaggeration there, but the number of tourists coming to Canada seems to be at the lowest levels right now since Ottawa kept tabs on such statistics in 1972. We can pretty much seen the obvious factors on why it is occurring, from high gas prices to our Canadian dollar. Oh, by the way, CTV put out an article that Canada is ranked 11th in the Global Peace Index.
  21. Guess the fireworks in this issue begins tomorrow or Thursday, according to the CTV. Again, VANOC is being reported to be "inept" here by the same news network. Paraphrasically, it has been accused of being "the lapdog of the IOC" while the "true deadline" on whether the event can be included in the 2010 Winter Olympics. So, do you think that women's ski jumping will be part of the 2010 Winter Olympics or will it more likely be held in Sochi 2014?
  22. With the awful catastrophe in Sichuan and with only a few weeks left before the Beijing 2008 opening ceremony, do you guys think that there would be a moment of silence for the victims as part of the official components of the ceremony itself? You know, like around the time of the official opening speeches by the BOCOG president and/or with Jacques Rogge, as examples.
  23. Well, at least the WWF or that Brit group wasn't getting militant, when it comes to protecting the Giant Panda. If some of you from Canada could compare of what I mean in an unrelated animal issue, then you would understand. This group, especially their leader, went overboard in its "claims of righteousness" then.
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