Sunday, February 14, 2010

First Gold at Home in Canada: Where Were you When Bilodeau Did It?

                               photo: Lisa Ovens

by Lisa Ovens

Where was I? I was sitting in section 404 with my friend Michelle at the first Victory Ceremony in BC Place when CTV's Tamara Taggart announced "We have our first Gold!" The cheer was huge. Monday night's victory ceremony will be extra special for Alexandre Bilodeau, his family and all of those who attend and watch at home.

                               photo: Michelle Reaney

Sunday night's Victory Ceremony was extra special to watch for me as two Canadian women receive their medals for their performances: Jennifer Heil, Silver (Womens Moguls) and Bronze, Kristina Groves (Speed Skating 3000m). Jennifer Heil's was the first Canadian medal win at Vancouver 2010.


                               screen shot photo: Lisa Ovens

Kristina Groves squeaked into bronze at the 3000 m, but her strength is the 1500 m...Go Kristina GO!!

                               Photo: Lisa Ovens

Evening Highlights

It was BC night, and the audience was treated to video highlights of various British Columbian moments, activities, and local business people (think Jimmy Pattison) praising the province. The secrets of our lumber industry are no longer secrets after plenty of shots of wood in various stages at a mill played out on the big screen.

A vibrant performance from dancers and musicians representing several local cultures wowed the crowd.

During the medal ceremony, we bounced up to Whistler on screen to see the medal ceremonies up there. The Whistler staging is quite a bit more intimate than in Vancouver, and it looks great.

Makes me want to go there...real bad!

And then there was Nelly...

                                         screen shot photo: Lisa Ovens 

She's got it going on - Nelly Furtado shook it up apres medals, and the crowd of 22,000 felt pretty darn good about all of our homegrown talent! the earings, and you wore another great pair of heels!

photo: Lisa Ovens

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