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  1. Got drawn into Phase 1 (missed out due to time difference and work). Also got drawn to Phase 2. This time,I was successful. Was hoping for Paris region, but pleasantly surprised & disappointed at the selection available. Got tickets to Basketball in Lille and rowing in Vaires-sur-Marne. Got accommodations near Lille and also in paris region. Now I just need to worry about airfare/train and subway tickets I did hear there will be any remaining tickets at end of 2023
  2. Hi, I am looking for the Coca Cola Day 6 Vancouver pin at a reasonable price. Any help would be appreciated
  3. Finally got my book today from the vancouver 2010 store after ordering the book a year ago (good grief) with my tickets. Blows my mind how the first to order would be the last to get them (Yes, I understand the 4 minute DVD was a special gift to the preorders/online purchases, but still) . I have taken a sneak peek at the book and it is outstanding
  4. Anyone know the phone number for VANOCs online store. I purchased the book when I bought some tickets back in july of last year and those e-mails are in limbo after my computer crashed. I have not received any followup e-mails saying my book has been shipped.
  5. How did the checks come (Purolator?). I gave them my PO Box address in addition to my street address. No check sent my way yet (its the 14th I know, so not overly concerned) and the tickets.com e-mail and phone numbers are now both dead
  6. Just e-mailed them tonight and got this response The Vancouver 2010 Ticketing Call Centre is no longer open and this e-mail account has been closed. If you are inquiring about cancelled standing room Cypress Mountain sessions or cancelled Paralympic Alpine Skiing sessions, refunds were issued directly to credit cards in April. Cheque refunds for these sessions were sent in early May. If you are inquiring about your Fan-to-Fan reimbursement, cheques were sent between April 30 and May 11. **Please do not respond to this e-mail**
  7. I don't know. Adversely, I have only watched the opening ceremonies 2 disc part(IMO justified). The Phelps story devoted to one DVD is arguable since it a) was a big deal (Usain Bolts 2 races are covered IIRC on the highlights DVD) and DVD set aimed to US market Thinking about the CTV DVD set I think you will get entire Opening and closing ceremony - guaranteed for Olympics, doubtful for Paralympics entire runs/races of where Canada won a medal (except curling which IMO will just show highlights) and medal ceremonies - possible entire Men's/Womens gold medal games for hockey - very probable
  8. Thanks. Both the DVD set and the book should be really well done. Was debating getting the NBC Vancouver DVD as well. I was a little disappointed to hear that it is not as packed as the Beijing set, nor is it as big on content(is it true its only 1 DVD?). If anyone has the NBC DVD, is it worth it?
  9. the cheque from VANOC from the ticket marketplace? the CTV Olympics DVD set? the coffeetable book from VANOC?
  10. I would, but it only looks like a 1 DVD package. I was hoping that they would would have more than just highlights and have something similar to the Beijing 4 DVD set
  11. If anyone could post a link to NBC's vid on Rochette tonight that Canadians can access, it would be appreciated
  12. I want to thank everybody for their assistance in both collecting pins and their advice. I gave a shout out to the website as well. here is what I wrote, but was edited by the newspaper: Pin trading mania "Olympic pin trading is "like another event" The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver are underway, but the first event started months ago. I have been collecting Olympic pins since 2004, but when Vancouver was awarded the 2010 Games, I went into Olympic mania. I was tuned onto the pin collecting craze with the help of banners on gamesbids.com, an Olympics fanatics site where, among other things, maniacs collect retail and corporate pins promoting the Olympics. While not known among casual fans of the Olympics, pin trading is a high pressure competitive event that brings the spirit of the Olympics from the world. Collector ******** ********* has been to six Olympics and plans to travel to Vancouver. He discussed the phenomenon of Olympic pin trading with the newspaper. ******* said his favorite Olympic memory was "standing in the middle of a walking only street in Beijing, China trading pins. A man with a big sombrero hat (from Mexico) came up to trade pins ...when another man (from Canada) approached us and wanted to trade pins" *******explained, "We had our picture taken and pledged to meet in London." ******* believes Olympic pin collecting is much more than a hobby. "Pin trading is an opener to conversation, a way to meet people," he said. "Wear a few pins...and you have instant conversations with 90 or so countries. As you wait in line for an event, the people behind you will ask about your pins. Where did you get them? Do you trade?....So, whether you trade pins for your collection or not, it is fun to trade, shake hands, and you have new friends" ******* was so enthusiastic to say, "Pin trading is like another event." ******* also distinguished the difference between trading and collecting. " Collecting pins is another topic all together but it is this feature that draws out the pin trading," he explained. "I try to tell people to pick a sub-topic ... [like] mascot pins, event pins, country pins, media pins, snowflake pins, and try and get them all." He continued, "In the meantime, you'll meet hundreds of people I cannot tell you how many cupsof coffee I have had around the world over pins as I travel to the Olympics." The pin searching has not come without controversy. Among the mostly sought after pins has been the dual Canada-Taiwan flag pin and the Taiwan "Welcome to Vancouver" pin. What makes these pins rare is the fact that Taiwan is not a recognized country by China and their flag is forbidden from being shown at the Olympics or on Olympic merchandise. There are some still being sold on eBay, which have fetched $20 - 50 per pin. The retail pins are being sold through the Bay and corporate sponsors have also plenty of pins to be collected and traded . National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are also creating pins for the athletes, coaches and support staff. Most of the time athletes will trade pins with other athletes, but sometimes they will trade with spectators. Through the old fashioned art of snail mail and email to corporate sponsors and NOCs, I have been fortunate to receive over a dozen corporate pins , and NOC pins from Finland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. If anyone is interested in buying, trading, or collecting pins, it is very easy to accomplish. One final piece of advice with pin collecting is to be patient. Often when you try to contact sponsors for pins, you do not hear back from them at all. This only makes for a pleasant surprise when you find free pins from them in the mail.
  13. To add to that, the mens and womens long track speedskating relay, and the men's short track relay
  14. Well, you have two options, One, at some places (McDonalds/Tim Hortons, etc), you can use US cash, but you will get change closer to parity with the Canadian dollar Two, Using the currency converter places at the airport, banks and a couple of places downtown (Granville St has one next to a Burger King downtown. IIRC it is a block from the Bay Superstore) Hope this helps
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