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  1. Still no cheque and its May 5th. I've been trying to get a hold of Vanoc customer care to no avail. What's up with that?

    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**

  2. The Beijing set is a little wierd, I mean, one whole DVD devoted to Michael Phelps? Two DVDs devoted to the opening ceremony? One DVD just for highlights? I guess I shouldn't judge as I haven't opened it yet but... On the other hand if you compare CBC's Torino set, it's 6 DVDs - pretty much covering highlights of all the days. The only gripe I have about that set is the Vancouver handover is not included - must be CBC's retaliation at CTV.

    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 B) 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

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. Well:

    Women's 1500m: Nesbitt and Groves should medal, but Sablikova and Wust are definately challengers, Schlusser and Klassen could medal and with the luck the US is having Rodriguez could as well.

    No chance in Men's crappy combined (I hate that format)

    Men's ski cross, Stan Hayer, Chris Del Bosco could medal. David Duncan had an injury and Davey Barr is his replacement.

    Men's and women's team sprints, a possibility especially the way the men skied today.

    Virtue/Moir could medal

    Women's Ski Cross - all 4 are capable of medaling

    Ladies 5000m, Groves and Hughes could medal with Sablikova

    Women's 3000m relay, Canada should medal in this

    Women's bobsleigh, two teams with legitimate medal hopes.

    Women's figure skating, Rochette could medal

    Men's aerials, Omischl and Shouldrice could medal

    Men's 500m short track, Hamelin and Trembley should medal

    Women's 1000m short track, Roberge could medal

    Women's PGS - its a possibility

    Women's curling - they are looking good

    Men's curling - same

    Men's PGS - three medal potential athletes

    Men's 4-man - Rush is a definite possibility

    plus men's and women's hockey.

    We would have to be the Americans for the next 8 days to come close to 30 medals.

    To add to that, the mens and womens long track speedskating relay, and the men's short track relay

  6. I am American and will be in Vancouver. I was just wondering if I need Canadian dollars in Vancouver. Or will US dollars be accepted? Thank you for any information.

    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

  7. looking at the format, the top 4 teams get a pass to the qf. As this will be determined by points in the pool and then goal differentials. (my prediction:1. Sweden 2. Canada 3. Russia 4. Finland)

    then in the qualification 5 v 12, 6 v 11, 7 v 10, and 8 v 9 my prediction: US v Norway, Czech v Germany, Slovakia v Belarus, Latvia v Switzerland

    qf: 1 plays 8/9, 2 plays 7/10, 3 plays 6/11, and 4 plays 5/12 (prediction: Sweden v Swiss, Canada v Czech, Russia v Slovakia, Finland v US

    sf: 1 v 8/9 winner plays 4 v 5/12 winner, and 2 v 7/10 winner plays 3 v 6/11 winner (prediction: Sweden v Finland, and Canada v Russia

    gold medal: semifinal winners

    bronze: semifinal losers

  8. Just throwing out here, but I think logically there are some you can throw out

    1. The athletes who are competing at this Olympics: Klassen, Hughes, etc

    2. It will likely be a winter olympian

    People like Sandra Schmirler's foursome rink already ran with torch. I know for certain McCusker and Schmirler's husband ran with torch in Regina

    3. Politicians, public figures will not be the final torch runner/lighting the cauldron: so scratch Terry Fox's mom, Nancy Greene, etc - but will likely be included on the final day (possibly in BC Place)

    4. Team lighting has been done (2002 - 1980 US team), so will likely not happen with 2002 team

    First Nations really pushed for this Olympics, and they are the 4 hosts - possible

    Walei brought up the protocol of "the cauldron lighter must be a former Olympian, current Olympian, or future prospect for an Olympian (i.e. random kids)"

    I think therefore Lee-Gartner, Gagnon, Boucher, Sale & Pelletier, Le May Doan, Manley, Gretzky, Lemieux are all on the shortlist, but I think what would be cool is a member of the 52 Edmonton Mercury's handing off to Sakic (possibly on the ice at Canada Hockey Place perhaps?)

  9. Hi Skyscorpion - how are you?

    Looking forward to Vancouver? Wow - an IF pin. Can you share a picture?

    I am psyched for Vancouver. Little miffed that my job hasn't given my schedule yet, so I don't know whether working in Whistler of Vancouver, or even which venue. Did I tell you or the board that I have written an article about pin collecting and the Olympics? Will try to get a pic of the pin. My web cam is a little goofy

  10. Here's my NOC Progress

    YES: Finland, Switzerland, Italy

    NO: Sweden

    NO RESPONSE: USA, Holland, Russia, Iceland, Spain, South Korea

    CAN BE BOUGHT: Austria

    I'm going to contact the UK, Germany, France, Norway, Japan, China and Australia in the coming days and will keep posting.

    Great job.

    I have been really fortunate to get a couple pins from Germany

    US, they told me that you can buy their pins and the same with UK. Russia, Holland, Spain, South Korea are no response, like wise with China, Australia, Norway, Sweden and Czech Republic

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