FLARE WAS THERE: VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPICS

Editor-in-Chief Lisa Tant celebrates Canadian style at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

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Checked out the pavilions this morning down around Canada Place and the Plaza of Nations. It was pretty quiet – minimal line-ups – but no doubt the entire area comes alive after dark.

The streets were swarming with hockey fans. The US and Swiss men’s teams played today but everyone is really hyped over the first Canadian men’s game tonight. While red jerseys were the look of the day, I adored the homage Holt Renfrew played to the game in their Granville Street windows. Nothing like a bejeweled helmet and pink leather knee pads – Lady Gaga on ice!

My seat at the Canada / Norway game was awesome! Seven rows from the ice, at centre ice and right next to where the Canadian team entered. I LOVE hockey and this was, without question, one of the best games I’ve ever been to. Sure, it was amazing to win 8 – 0 but it was the electrifying crowd that made the game brilliant. The stadium was a sea of red and white – lots of Bay Olympic gear and hockey jerseys – and everyone jumped up and cheered with every goal. Between screaming for the team and the kid with the cow bell behind me, I think I’ve gone deaf.

After the game, I stopped by the Birks store on Granville to check out their Olympics collection. I posed with an actual torch that an employee ran the relay with and admired the sterling silver jewelry collection made for the Games. Sadly, I had to skip dinner tonight in order to work on our April issue. While I’m here, layouts are being produced – we go to press on Monday. I set up my room service by the window of my hotel that overlooks the harbour. I could see the Olympic rings in the harbour and a giant tv screen that was showing the day’s highlights. It was one of those perfect moments that I’ll remember this trip by.

Time for work now – and looking forward to another busy day tomorrow. 

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