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A 2010 Vancouver Olympic Vacation Review

Olympic Flame

Welcome to part two of my photo look-back at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. I had a unique opportunity to visit some of the venues as well as the cultural events happening around Vancouver and Whistler.  I also got the chance to brush up on some of my photography skills.

Olympic Medals

During my time in Vancouver, I had the chance to go to The Canadian Mint pavilion. They also produced the medals for the Olympics. Therefore, we got to see how the medals were created on a tour of the Mint.  From concept to completion, they had all the steps. Some fascinating facts about this year’s medals:

  • Each set of game medals, Olympic and Para-Olympic, were based on one Native American image.
  • If all medals were put together they would recreate these images.
  • The uneven surfaces were a new technique and represented the mountains of the Winter Games.
  • You’re not allowed to wear one unless you won one.

Aerial Event

I really enjoyed watching the Aerial event. Unfortunately, the lottery system used to award tickets only gave us standing room tickets. With the warm temperatures on the mountain, it limited the safe standing area.  Most of the snow they carried in by helicopter went to the field of play. All of my images have light poles or other unattractive objects included in them.

Whistler Olympic Sliding Center

Back at the Whistler Sliding Center for Men’s’ Bobsled this time.  The finish line is where I was able to get my best photos for the day.  Then the sleds are loaded up into trucks at the finish line and are taken back to the starting line.  The weather was really miserable this day with lots of rain. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up with much in the way of trackside photos. Even with the poor weather bringing our spirits down, the event was a great experience.  Those sleds sound like full trains coming at you as they come around those bends.

Thank you for joining me on my flashback and hope you enjoyed my photos. See you again soon.

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