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Posts posted by walei

  1. Found this unofficial site, mostly using info from the 2008 bid:

    Toronto 2020

    I think 2020 is too soon for Canada, and a Summer Games probably won't have the same effect as the Winter one in terms of bringing Canadians to rally together because Canada is not a powerhouse or even showing a lot of interests in summer sports comparing to winter ones like hockey.

    But I do think Canada's next Olympic games should be a summer one and Toronto will be an inevitable host. I just wish I will still be young enough to do fist pumps. Hope it will happen before 2028...

    Also, that logo on the official grassroots site is very 'meh'

  2. For a small fraction of Vancouver's cost, the Singaporeans sure put on an amazing show that trumps ours in some ways...the arrival of the flame and lighting of the cauldron was especially amazing. Vancouver's show was just far too theatrical, and lacked that epicness that everyone could appreciate. Not everyone is a fan nor can they understand the artsy interpretation that Vancouver had, which I think is why Vancouver's Opening was something you either liked or didn't like.

    Speak for yourself, I thought Vancouver's OC was definitely epic. Except for the slam poet, Vancouver's OC showcased the vast natural environment of Canada beautifully with awesome projection work. There wasn't anything that was hard to get because it was simple, modern, and inspiring. I watched it with a lot of locals here in Taiwan and they were all 'wowed'. Even the national anthem, many were surprised that a national anthem could be arranged into a beautiful and contemporary contrasting to a lot of Asian national anthems that were derived from militaristic themes.

    Don't be too hard on Vancouver, the OC was a great spectacle!

  3. The Vancouver Closing Ceremony was a huge failure all around. Even the best part about that ceremony (Le May Doan's cauldron lighting) was based on a failure. :lol:

    The Closing Ceremonies are usually an afterthought for the ceremonies team, but it was even more so for Vancouver. And it did seem like they may have ran out of money for it loll. They couldn't even have come up with original music for the Closing? I'm not sure why an American theme was played.

    Am I the only Canadian that loved the closing ceremony?

    Maybe it was in the afterglow of the gold medal winning hockey game, I watched the closing ceremony in a very good mood. You know how you had a long week of work, and Friday night you just want to sit down, grab a cold beer, and chill? Vancouver2010's closing ceremony was totally in that mood. Lighthearted, relaxing (because it's not taking itself seriously), and cozy.

    Raising the last cauldron leg was hilarious and sets the tone of the night very well. Enjoyed the opening act with "Strong and Free". The youthfulness was very "Vancouver" to me. Not too fond of the O Canada (I actually LOVED Nikki's rendition in the opening) because it felt amateurish...

    Entrance of each nation's flag, I too wish it could had original music. However they did have original music for entrance of the athletes, using a rocked out version of the "Fire on the Mountain". It was a very fun contrast to the original orchestral version of the OC. Loved Furlong's speech, actually one of the highlights of the evening. When was a speech ever been a highlight??

    Long may you run, was what I referred to earlier as cozy. A great great fond reminder or the days when we would go camping during the summer and the last night everyone just sat around the bonfire singing songs under the stars. It was bittersweet because next day we have to go home, and bittersweet during the ceremony because it really signals the end of the games with the flame extinguishing.

    Comedic roasts, I also enjoyed it! At first when I read that there will be "comedians" doing acts for the ceremony I was afraid... but it actually once again made the ceremony felt more friendly and personable with the performers actually chatting up with the audience. Too bad Martin Short couldn't make it he would've been awesome.

    As for Maple Leaf forever? Remember before the OC we would all discuss what we DO NOT want to see? Stereotypical dancing mounties, beavers and moose running a mock? Then David Atkins mix it all up in a bowl and churn it out in one huge vomit. It was BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT! At first when Michael Buble started singing in mounties outfit I said to myself.."oh no..." Then the mounties marching in half-assed into the center of the stadium turning back and forth out of sync and looked lost, YOU KNEW IT WAS A ONE HUGE SATIRE OF WHAT WE ARE ALL AFRAID OF. Hilarious and totally unexpected. To top it all off they just threw in pretty much every stereotypes there are about Canadians except maybe snow shoes and igloos as way to laugh at it. It was very well done IMO.

    The concert series though I dont't have much high opinions and probably won't ever re-watch again but I understand that is really for the athletes. From what I've saw the athletes were totally having fun during that. I even caught an impromptu conga line with athletes from many different countries.

    As Roggue said, it was a very friendly games and CC was a very friendly reminder of that for me.

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  4. The NBC download has way better picture quality, if you download the 720P HD .mkv file version. The CTV download is not HD.

    Also for the OC I prefer camera works of NBC. For example during the "Who Has Seen the Wind" segment, CTV focuses on the flying boy way too much and as the boy moved the Prairies to the audience members we don't see it to get the full effect. But NBC made a lot of crappy cuts. Such as when the totems went up, went down, last part of the Sacred Grove, etc.

    For the CC, NBC's cuts were even worse! They even cut half of Furlong's speech AND the end of the extinguished cauldron as it went down into the trapdoor. Not to mention the crappy camera works too... so I'm eagerly waiting for CTV's feed for the CC!

  5. NBC's camera work was really bad during the CC (OC was great!). The local broadcast used OBS, and during the Shatner/O'Hara/Fox segment the camera was aligned properly to the drapes so you could see the projections lining up properly to the three screens.

    Anyways, after the new medal count and when Fox pulled the lever, the projection showed 9999, maybe it wasn't that visible on the NBC broadcast?

    Also at the very beginning before the clown appeared, NBC shot was focusing on the platform instead of the trap door of the fourth leg. There were sparks flying about in the trapdoor to simulate someone's fixing the door, it was hilarious! Another thing is during Rogge's speech when he declared the game closed, some in the audience booed him. He just chucked up both of this arms with a "what can I do" smile. First time he smiled during the OC/CC! But NBC's camera was focusing on random athlete... Really poor job by NBC, not to mention cutting Furlong's speech.

    I want to see CTV's version... but their OC camera work was god awful!.

  6. I don't really recall many Winter handover cities that focused a lot on the local host city. Vancouver's was about ice fishing and Avril. Torino's was about Italian art. Salt Lake had the Old West theme, but that covers more the American West than just the Utah area. Maybe it is because winter host cities are rarely the defining city or culture of the next host country. Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio are all icons of their culture. Sochi doesn't equal Russia to the masses.

    Yeah but those handovers didn't show case Toronto instead of Vancouver, Rome instead of Torino, NYC instead of SLC...etc etc etc.

    A shot of Sochi would be nice!

  7. There were some mingling between athletes from different countries when they marched in, like Joannie Rochette getting a lot of attentions and pictures taken with random people.

    I was bored with the after concert however I know it's not for the TV audience but mainly for the athletes to have a good time. From the looks of it they sure did! Lots of mingling there and I even caught a conga line it was so awesome. Anything is better than the Beijing Beijing I Love Beijing crap though :D.

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