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5 Things I’ve Learned About the Olympics from Vancouver’s International Students

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I came back to Ontario from Vancouver a week before the Olympics came to town, but thanks to the “students’ eye view” provided by this site, I’ve been able to get a pretty good sense of what the games are like outside the glare of traditional media coverage.


Here are the five most interesting things I’ve learned:


1. The streets are almost as much fun as the venues – 2010 Winter Game Fever and the City is Painted Red







Greg Nisbet


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Czech Republic x Slovakia

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Czech Republic x Slovakia


Chandra Crawford – Canada’s Social Media Olympian

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With her “Fast and Female” Twitter background and her Best Buy blog, Chandra Crawford must rank right up there as one of Canada’s social media Olympians.

Among the millions of Canadians ingesting hours of Olympic coverage in full HD is a horde of internet-addicted new media junkies, with smartphone in one hand, t.v. remote in the other, and laptop balanced on the knees, tuning into a whole other series of micro-broadcasts that peer into the Olympic extravaganza with a fresh set of eyes. Feeding that information addiction is one big digital content grow-op, an organic community of basement journalists, self-proclaimed experts, and celebrity sharers. And at the moment, with Olympic fever in full burn, is there a hotter celebrity sharer than an actual Olympic gold medalist?

One of my girls came home from school yesterday fresh from the visit to her class of a locally-based female Olympian, two-time women’s hockey gold medalist Sami Jo Small, thrilled that she had been given the opportunity to handle an actual Olympic gold medal and hear stories from the mouth of someone who actually knew how hard it was to achieve such heights. Certainly, there is nothing like meeting such an incredible role model face to face, but easily the next best thing is being able to share in an Olympian’s journey in real time online.

That’s where Chandra Crawford comes in. I’m not really into digital star-gazing, but being involved in the wonderful project that is this vancouver-games web space, I needed to familiarize myself a bit with what the social media hordes were doing online relating to the Olympics. In searching the Twitterverse for interesting Olympic content, Chandra’s feed was one of the first I came across, and definitely the most interesting.

As it happens, Chandra didn’t get a medal this time around, not advancing past the quarter-final in the Ladies’ Individual Sprint. According to CTV, “Chandra Crawford may have been the defending gold medalist in the women’s sprint event but this was never going to be her day to shine.”

I beg to differ. I think she shone very brightly indeed, and I submit that a big part of the reason I think so is down to her use of social media to allow me (and anyone else listening) the opportunity to hear her story first-hand. Thanks to this medium, I have heard her speak from a mountaintop of being “rewarded with…a refreshed connection with the mountain environment that in so many ways defines us.” I heard her rave about a band I love and speak of her excited plan to attend a concert that I’d certainly be at if I were in town at the time. I even got a quote from her that eluded those embedded members of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium:

“Whistler Olympic Park conditions… the weather there has the attention span of a fruit fly.”

The attention span of a fruit fly, indeed. Hardly anyone would argue that this perfectly appropriate turn of phrase could just as easily have been referring to conditions inside the social media fishbowl. Then again, if holding a mirror to ourselves as a community is the initial purpose of all media, then perhaps the speed at which our media converge toward that purpose is beginning to overtake the speed at which our communities are growing.

Olympic organizers love to play up the much-discussed ideal of the global village, which actually stems from a very simple concept of community. If you live in a village, a real village, where everyone knows who you really are, and there are no secrets, you know that, in the village, everyone is a part of everyone else’s life, and you are influenced most by those you know best. In other words, in the global village, the quality of those I know contributes to the quality of me.

And thanks to folks like Chandra, that means I keep getting a little better every day.

Greg Nisbet

Torch relay

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I went see the torch relay.

It was realy exciting.

It was precious experience.

Check it out!
I almost touching!

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Ceremonies cont’d….

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Sooooooooooooooo great!! GO CANADA GO!!!!!!!




Inside the Opening Ceremonies pt. I

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Wow!!! What an amazing experience to be sitting inside B.C Place as 3.5 billion eyes watch Vancouver officially welcome the world. I am still on a high thinking about last night and all of the amazing things I saw. The lights, the set design, the choreography, the crowd….everything was amazing & electric!! I hope you watched the ceremonies on TV. Here are some pictures, but of course they do not do the real thing justice!! Enjoy 🙂
~ Sara



Feb 12th, 2010, Yale Town Live City’s atmosphere!!

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Jenna and Jeong Mook went to Yale Town Live City with homestay family.>___<

Even if we couldn’t go into concert place, we could feel an atmosphere of olympics!!+_+//

And we can talk with strangers who are canadians!!!!

If you go to many event’s places of Olympic, you will have many chances to talk with people from other countries. 



(Tip : The place was already blocked for safety. Because there were too many people to go into place.

If you want to make sure go inside place where you want to go, get the place early!!^-^!!)


Happy B-day!! Miguel!!

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B-Day boy, Mguel, was with many friends on his birth day!!

He must be popular, no doubt!!

It was a nice time.^-^//


And now it’s time to enjoy WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES right after his B-Day!


Ruky Abdulai – Monday – Feb. 08

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