Winter Olympics 2010

David and I spent the evening, watching the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics being held in Vancouver, Canada.  Although beautiful, it was not as impressive as the ceremony that opened the Summer Olympics in Beijing two years ago.  I wonder if the latter will ever be matched in scale, precision, and sheer flamboyance.  Anyway, here are  my snapshots of the Vancouver ceremony on television:

Aborigine dances.

China’s athletes.

Georgia’s athletes wore black arm bands to symbolize their grief over the death of one of their own during a luge training session yesterday.  In fact, the ceremony was dedicated in his memory.

Those four structures are totem poles.

Iran:  I was surprised that the women showed their faces, eschewing the veil.

South Korea’s athletes. 

Russia’s athletes.

India’s athletes. 

The United States brought 216 athletes from a population of 303.8 million.

Canada had 206 athletes but, at 33 million people, has a smaller population than California.

There was singing…

…and dancing.

This was supposed to be a bear to match the constellation in the sky.

Ski dance.

Former Canadian Olympians ran a relay, lighting each other’s torches.

This was NBA star, Steve Nash, running with his torch.

More Canadian Olympians with their torches.

The torch bearers all lit the cauldron simultaneously.

And with this final snapshot, the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver concluded.

7 Responses to “Winter Olympics 2010”

  1. tokyo5 Says:

    We just watched this too.
    It was a shocking tragedy that an athlete from the country of Georgia died hours before the ceremony!

    http://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/11th-14th/

  2. kavita Says:

    Thanks for sharing this Gigi because i had missed it….you really took a lot of pictures.

  3. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Great shots, Gigi. I was thinking, too, about the tragedy of the athlete from Georgia that was killed. Such a sad beginning for the games.

    Sylvia

  4. Nessa Says:

    We watched last night too.

    Purdie Pyrate

  5. DrumMajor Says:

    Gigi — mahalo for the summary photos. I love such ceremonies and symbolism, but I was at work. I think the old hockey guy Wayne Gretsky was one of the torch bearers. A patient told me about the luge tragedy. Hope things go better for Olympics. DrumMajor

  6. Thom Says:

    It was stunning I must say. 🙂 I recorded it and I’m glad I did 🙂

  7. Mare Says:

    I thought it was a great show! You cannot compare it to Bejing…apples and oranges! Canada has such a rich history and they portrayed it very creatively. [I thought.]

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