Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - 146 - 13 Insider Views at the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies




My good friend at work - Debbie - has a daughter living in Victoria who attended the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics last Friday.





That's Debbie standing beside me, with our team member Janet, at the reception desk when Janet's beautiful Christmas cactus bloomed last year.














I asked Debbie's daughter Brenda if I could share her marvelous photos with all of you. Let's go to the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Vancouver!


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Brenda and her husband have our tickets.

Thanks for bringing us along!











- 2

The interior of BC Place, frosty white and cool blue.


- 3

We need to wrap ourselves in white so that the broadcast can project images over the crowd. And we've got our drums and flashlights ready for the interactive evening.



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The art work of Canada's First Nations ushers in the ceremony.



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The four host First Nations - the Squamish, Musqueam, Lil'wat and the Tsleil-Waututh, whose traditional territory is home to all the Games venues - welcome the world to the games.



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Northwest, Pacific, Northern Woodlands, Great Lakes and Atlantic First Nations were joined by Inuit and M├ętis, and their performers danced for over an hour as the athletes paraded into BC Place. Astounding.



- 7

The mourning Georgian team parade stoicly, wearing black armbands. Instead of becoming still, the First Nations dancers become more energetic, gesturing towards the Georgians with great intensity.



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The Canadian team enters!



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The camera crew, also in white.



- 10

Spirit Bear rises up, a rare sighting which speaks of harmony and peace. Everyone in the audience becomes stars twinkling.



- 11

The glorious moon and my favorite season - Fall - bring images of The Land of the Maple Leaf along with crazy fiddlers and step dancers.



- 12

k d lang performs a goosebump-inducing version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.


- 13

Speed-skating gold medallist Catriona Le May Doan stands resolutely without being able to join the others as they light the cauldron. Her crystal arm malfunctions and refuses to rise from the floor. However, NBA star Steve Nash, skier Nancy Greene Raine and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky touch their torch flames to the crystal arms that do assemble, and the flames race up to light the cauldron for the 21st Olympic Winter Games.

All Olympic photos by Brenda Fancey.

Debby says Awesome pics. Loved the opening ceremony. So proud of our country.

Paige Tyler says Very cool! Great pics, too! We didn't watch the opening ceremonies, but we are watching the games!

Susan Helene Gottfried says I've got it on my TiVo... need to finish watching. I got a bit sidetracked by my snowboarders.

17 comments:

Ms Snarky Pants said...

Beautiful pictures! It really was a magical opening ceremony!

Janet said...

Wow - thanks for bringing us along (and thank Brenda for some marvelous pictures)!

It doesn't matter how many times I see the highlight reel (or still pictures) - that opening ceremony brings goosebumps shivering over my skin. Beautiful.

Go, Canada, Go :)

Debby said...

Thanks for sharing, awesome pics. Loved the opening ceremony. So proud of our country.
Debby

Paige Tyler said...

Very cool! Great pics, too! We didn't watch the opening ceremonies, but we are watching the games!

*hugs*
Paige

My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

Akelamalu said...

WOW she got some great shots!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I've got it on my TiVo... need to finish watching. I got a bit sidetracked by my snowboarders.

Irishcoda said...

Wow, what awesome pictures!

AussiePomm said...

What a great list!! Thanks for sharing...

My 'first' TT is up as well at AussiePomm, have a great TT!!

Nicholas said...

Nice pictures. I didn't even know the Olympics were happening!

jehara said...

I watched the opening ceremonies and have been keeping up with the games. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Fun to get the insider perspective. :)

Marilyn said...

I enjoyed your pictures! My TT is also related to the Olympics: 13 Canadian Icons

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

Wow, that is so cool! Thanks for sharing!

L said...

Great pictures! That must have been amazing for you to witness!

M. said...

snowboard through rings entry and rising native enormous drum = way cool

the way the cauldron was lit = way lame, even if the cauldron itself was cool and even if the fourth arm had risen. am i the only one who remembers that awesome archer who set his arrow ablaze and lit the torch from miles away???

measha outglammed kd, but kd outsang measha. fabulous, bare feet, white tux and all.

Travis said...

I enjoyed the opening ceremonies. Sometimes these things can be overly ostentatious. But this time it was like Canada invited us in.

Well done I say!

Americanising Desi said...

truly beautiful!!!

lovely!

More than just annoyed

Small Reflections said...

Wonderful '13' this week! How 'kewl' to actually get to BE there! I'm watching as much as I can on TV.
Hugs and blessings,