I can hardly take in that today is the last day of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Having waited for so long for these Games to come around they feel like they are over in a heart beat.
Vancouver (and Whistler) has put on a fantastic Games. Many in the media have done what they do best and written about negative stuff about the Games but I have yet to speak to anyone who has not enjoyed themselves here.
The Canadians have had plenty to cheer about and they have demonstrated their passion and love for their country, the like that has never been seen before. And today will be something special if the Canadian team manages to beat the USA for the hockey Gold medal. GO CANADA GO!
Athletes and officials I have chatted with in the last few days have said they have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have nothing but good things to say about the Games, and the volunteers in particular were praised highly.
I have enjoyed myself here in Whistler, it is a great town and had a good Olympic vibe all month.
My only disappointment has been the lack of the white stuff. For months I watched on the Whistler-Blackcomb webcams the record-breaking snow fall and I got excited that I would enjoy snow like I had never seen before. Alas, that never happened.
Yesterday, while walking around the Athletes Village I recalled my first day when the ground was covered with about a foot of snow and the expectation that more would come. Now the place is a green as could be with only a trace of dirty snow left. The ground isn’t even hard with frost and in some place the ground is just sodden with water. Those responsible for snow clearing n the Village have had an easy life and their tools are still brand new.
The next few days will be busy as teams depart the Village and thoughts turn to getting it ready for the new residents that are coming to compete in the Winter Paralympic Games.