Iconic Photo Memories- 2010 Winter Olympics. Part I

A Olympic torchbearer during relay run. 12th & Ontario Streets, Vancouver BC.
A Olympic torchbearer during relay run. 12th & Ontario Streets, Vancouver BC. Feb. 11, 2010. Photo by J. Chong

Each person will have a different iconic photo memories for these Winter Olympic Games.  It will depend where the person was and maybe a little story behind a particular photo.

Olympic Torch Relay:  Vancouver Segment of Cross-Canada Relay Ends with Exhilaration  and Sadness
The 2010 Olympic torch relay run helped define a moment for many participants, spectators and supporters along its loopy journey east and then westward across Canada.  Just moments before taking a photo of this torch relay runner, I was standing near a brother and sister. The brother from Kitchener, was going to wave around his faded large Canadian flag.  The flag that he held, originally flew from the Peace Tower at the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. At that time, one was able to request for a flag that was used from there because the government always replaced it with a new flag each morning to fly above  the Peace Tower.

Final relay torchbearer at destination Four First Nations Host Pavilion. Singer Buffy Saint-Marie is on the left. Vancouver, BC. Feb. 12, 2010
Final relay torchbearer at destination Four First Nations Host Pavilion. Singer Buffy Saint-Marie is on the left. Vancouver, BC. Feb. 12, 2010. Photo by J. Becker

Just one hour before I took the photos of the torch elsewhere from Granville island to Yaletown ferrydock at North False Creek, there was an article on  the Vancouver Sun’s web site  on the sudden training accidental death of Georgian luge racer,  Nodar Kumaritashvilli at Whistler.  Approximately two hours later, we heard a Chief from one of the Four First Host Nations at their pavilion, express collective condolences for the family of the athlete during his welcome speech to a tightly packed crowd, after the Olympic torch flame arrived there as its final relay destination before the opening ceremonies.

Opening Ceremonies: Fireworks, Lighting Olympic Cauldrons Here and There
Though we did not attend the opening ceremonies, the short fireworks encircling the B.C. Stadium, were momentarily spectacular.   But most likely  for

Opening ceremonies fireworks at B.C. Stadium, Vancouver BC. Feb. 12, 2010. Photo by J. Becker
Opening ceremonies. Finale fireworks at B.C. Stadium, Vancouver BC. Feb. 12, 2010. Photo by J. Becker

safety reasons, the remaining celebratory fireworks were launched near another official celebration downtown site where fireworks could be safely launched from a barge by the waterfront.

Later we heard from another resident in our building who was at the opening ceremonies. He was a tv show director with a  disappointed critique. It contrasted much with viewers like myself, who did enjoy various special effects

Opening Ceremonies:Fireworks Burn-off, B.C. Stadium. Feb. 12, 2010.
Opening Ceremonies:Fireworks Burn-off, B.C. Stadium. Feb. 12, 2010. Photo by J. Becker

that wove near mythological enduring  themes of Canadian regional natural landscape, contrasting four seasons weather, wildlife and so forth on artistic imagination, spirit and memory. According to his sources, it was $40 million dollar show.

Night of opening ceremonies: second fireworks display elsewhere by waterfront barge. Vancouver, BC
Night of opening ceremonies: second fireworks display by waterfront barge. Post-lighting of Olympic outdoor cauldron. Vancouver, BC. Feb.12, 2010. Photo by J. Becker

Apparently much of the massive crowd response from 60,000 people,  was muted over the televised broadcast which confirmed to us, confusing stadium vibration and faint cheering roar we often heard emanating live from the Stadium down the street while we also heard near silence occasionally from the television.

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