Vancouver 2010, I miss you!

The Olympic Games held in Vancouver have been over for a while now and I still miss it.

At first, I was very cynical about the whole thing. Cars weren’t allowed in certain areas of the city so VANOC didn’t leave any choice but for the public to use Translink. Naturally, I thought that using the transit system was going to be very slow and annoying. Also, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to participate at all because tickets to any of the events being held in the city was immediately sold out. Basically, I thought I was going to be stuck at home watching something monumental happening that was just 20 kilometres away from me.

Luckily, a friend mentioned to me that VANOC was still looking for volunteers with one week to go before the start of the Games. He, himself was lucky enough to become a last-minute volunteer driver. He was able to drive delegates in a brand new VANOC SUV. I thought it was a pretty cushy job so I applied online right away. Days went by and I decided to call the volunteer workforce phone line to ask about my application. One hour of muzak later, I was given a phone interview right away. They immediately offered me a job as a Load Zone Attendant at the Main Media Centre. I gladly accepted it.

Throughout the Games, I was mostly stationed in the downtown core of Vancouver. The city has been hailed from time to time as a no-fun zone and the Olympics turned that around. There were several free events that happened throughout the Games. These free events proved to be so successful that there were seven hour line-ups. SEVEN! Yet, people still had smiles on their faces. Also, during every shift, I got to see thousands of people always smiling, always laughing, and having a great time. Whenever Canada won a gold medal, impromptu sing-a-longs of the national anthem occurred everywhere. As long as one guy starts singing, you’ll get ten more people joining in. It always sounded great to hear even if they were all off-key!

I can proudly say I was a part of the 2010 Olympics. I saw first-hand how the Games transformed the entire city throughout the two weeks. That is what I miss most about the Games.

Olympics, I miss you. Come back again some day!


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