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    Posted: Feb/10/2010 at 8:36pm
I just got back from the final Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal.  It was pretty good, the first 5 mins are awesome (if you can only see 5 mins of it watch the first 5). 

I can't really say anything about it (sworn to secrecy), but I will say that a sport has officially become mainstream when it opens the opening ceremonies to an Olympic games. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/10/2010 at 8:38pm
pics or it didnt happen Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/10/2010 at 8:39pm
pics and I get killed...... hahahaha
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/10/2010 at 8:45pm
nice to see another 604 member ! I'm looking forward to seeing the flame tomorrow once it's in my neighborhood as well as @ ubc. should be cool.

there is a girl in one of my classes that is a performer @ the opening ceremonies as well
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/10/2010 at 8:49pm
I am going to head out to UBC to see the torch tomorrow as well, there is a great vibe in the city right now and the 'insert country here' houses are sweet (Ireland House is already getting in trouble for partying too loudly too late/early into the night/morning hahaha).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/11/2010 at 3:47am
Was at the richmond torch relay last night :)..well..2 days ago considering the time right now.
was pretty awesome. rick hanson wheeling in, nice moment.

freaking cold standing outside...and damn was it packed...
i think over 30 thousand people showed up in richmond.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/11/2010 at 5:40am
so what time is it gonna be on tv? pacific standard time
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/11/2010 at 5:43am
What day does it even start? NBC just keeps saying this February.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/11/2010 at 5:47am
I believe the opening ceremonies are tomorrow at 7:30pm EST or that could just be when NBC will start pre-Olympic coverage.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/11/2010 at 6:08am
thanks dave.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/11/2010 at 6:28am
yea 7:30pm EST is the start of their coverage

6PST/9EST is the actual opening ceremony


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/11/2010 at 6:29am
Vanoc site shows info here:
http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-schedule-results/

Local channels here in Vancouver begin broacasting at 4PM PST and the Ceremony starts at 5:45pm PST

Took the kiddies to watch the torch relay a couple of days ago - pretty cool for the little ones to see that - passed by my house about 1.5 blocks away.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2010 at 8:13pm
I'm not sure if I caught the first five minutes; I started watching when there was a snowboarder in the backcountry on his descent... then the snowboarder was in the stadium and went down the ramp and jumped through the loop. It was very cheesy. He took his goggles off as if he were unveiling a famous piece of art, "welcome, to the 2010 winter olympics in vancouver!!!!" LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2010 at 8:20pm
Maybe it is just me but I think Canaduh should have asked China for some help.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2010 at 8:23pm
Originally posted by NickinChicago

Maybe it is just me but I think Canaduh should have asked China for some help.


+1.

seriously, i've seen better opening ceremonies at Denny's. That was horrible. Pretty sure my high school coulda done a better job. BLAME CANADA.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2010 at 9:00pm
 At least it wasn't mediocre, that would have been the worst.  The entire thing was so spectacularly bad that it was entertaining.  After the fiddle-contest hoedown with sparkler boots, Costas announced that the cultural portion of the ceremony would conclude with slam poetry.  When a fat white man with a neck beard showed up, I cannot tell you how hard the people around me were cracking up.  And then when the fourth pillar malfunctioned and the para-Olympian didn't get to light the torch, OH MAN.  Canada f.ails SO HARD.

I guarantee you that the London committee let out a sigh of relief for Vancouver setting the bar so low and making people forget about the incredible spectacle of Beijing, if only for a little while.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2010 at 9:06pm
You can't compare it to China, Winter Olympics have like 1/100th the budget of summer games...... at least it was better than Torino and Salt Lake I had to look those up because I couldn't remember them...... but the beginning was the best part anyway thats how we role in Canada, at least we gErOnImO!!ed spectacularly.  I still maintain we should have just gone with Circe du Soleil they are Canadian and always put on a good show. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2010 at 9:07pm
Originally posted by kimchijajonshim

 At least it wasn't mediocre, that would have been the worst.  The entire thing was so spectacularly bad that it was entertaining.  After the fiddle-contest hoedown with sparkler boots, Costas announced that the cultural portion of the ceremony would conclude with slam poetry.  When a fat white man with a neck beard showed up, I cannot tell you how hard the people around me were cracking up.  And then when the fourth pillar malfunctioned and the para-Olympian didn't get to light the torch, OH MAN.  Canada f.ails SO HARD.

I guarantee you that the London committee let out a sigh of relief for Vancouver setting the bar so low and making people forget about the incredible spectacle of Beijing, if only for a little while.

he got to light it.  The speed skater Catrina Le May Doan didn't get to.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2010 at 9:16pm

Originally posted by moldygiraffe

I'm not sure if I caught the first five minutes; I started watching when there was a snowboarder in the backcountry on his descent... then the snowboarder was in the stadium and went down the ramp and jumped through the loop. It was very cheesy. He took his goggles off as if he were unveiling a famous piece of art, "welcome, to the 2010 winter olympics in vancouver!!!!" LOL

yeah, I was disappointed he didn't do anything when he went through the hoop. A rodeo or something would have been nice, I wouldn't have even complained if he did a really stylely 180 or 360. But just a straight indie-grab was pretty disappointing after watching his mountain descent.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2010 at 9:19pm
Originally posted by GeckosGoMoo

Originally posted by moldygiraffe

I'm not sure if I caught the first five minutes; I started watching when there was a snowboarder in the backcountry on his descent... then the snowboarder was in the stadium and went down the ramp and jumped through the loop. It was very cheesy. He took his goggles off as if he were unveiling a famous piece of art, "welcome, to the 2010 winter olympics in vancouver!!!!" LOL

yeah, I was disappointed he didn't do anything when he went through the hoop. A rodeo or something would have been nice, I wouldn't have even complained if he did a really stylely 180 or 360. But just a straight indie-grab was pretty disappointing after watching his mountain descent.


It was a different rider, the first guy broke a bunch of ribs and collar bone 3 weeks ago in practice doing a backfilp 180 or something close to it and not landing it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2010 at 9:35pm
I didn't think that the ceremony was that bad at all, maybe it is just because I am from Vancouver, but I think we did an alright job. I was really impressed seeing a snowboarder starting the ceremony off. I don't think it can really be compared to the show that the Chinese put on, but atleast we don't take a little girl that sings awesome and put her off stage and lip-synced to because she doesn't have a "perfect face".

As for the boarder only doing a grab when going through the hoops, I think the possibility of messing up would have been a little too high, especially when landing on a non-snow surface.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2010 at 9:47pm
Originally posted by kimchijajonshim When a fat white man with a neck beard showed up, I cannot tell you how hard the people around me were cracking up. [/QUOTE



I think this is what they were trying to do
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRI-A3vakVg
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2010 at 9:59pm
Originally posted by rook

Originally posted by kimchijajonshim

 At least it wasn't mediocre, that would have been the worst.  The entire thing was so spectacularly bad that it was entertaining.  After the fiddle-contest hoedown with sparkler boots, Costas announced that the cultural portion of the ceremony would conclude with slam poetry.  When a fat white man with a neck beard showed up, I cannot tell you how hard the people around me were cracking up.  And then when the fourth pillar malfunctioned and the para-Olympian didn't get to light the torch, OH MAN.  Canada f.ails SO HARD.

I guarantee you that the London committee let out a sigh of relief for Vancouver setting the bar so low and making people forget about the incredible spectacle of Beijing, if only for a little while.

he got to light it.  The speed skater Catrina Le May Doan didn't get to.
Fair enough, I thought I saw everyone laying down a torch standing upright.  But in any case, the point is even in a vacuum, completely aside from the spectacle of Beijing, it was spectacularly bad.  I wasn't terribly impressed by either Torino or Salt Lake City, but I don't really remember either of them.  They were just kind of meh.  I will definitely remember this one.  From an effects standpoint it was outstanding (the part in the beginning with the eskimo guy pounding the staff and sending out shockwaves was really cool, and the part with the whales was rad), but there were a lot of laugh out loud moments: a hundred foot tall wire polar bear, interminable interpretative dance, badly choreographed wire-suspended skiiers/snowboarders rotating randomly while people in LIGHT BULB SUITS skated around below in concentric circles, and honestly, white fat man slam poetry?  At what point it cut to a female American athlete with a confused/horrified look on her face and you could actually read her mouth, "...what?"  One of the guys watching with us was Canadian and he started out defending it, then admitted it wasn't that great, then just kind of went into perpetual facepalm mode towards the end.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/13/2010 at 6:59am
^^^ I thought the polar bear part was pretty bad too..... I felt like it was a coke ad.  

I just watched most of it again, and I will say I think it was more directed to Canadians,  the Stuff we like (Brian Adams, Sarah Mclachlan, K.D. Lang, Ashley Macisaac, Fiddle Players). I think that was pretty stupid since there were only 20 million canadians
watching and 2.5 billion other people from around the world.
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Originally posted by rook

^^^ I thought the polar bear part was pretty bad too..... I felt like it was a coke ad.  
I just watched most of it again, and I will say I think it was more directed to Canadians,  the Stuff we like (Brian Adams, Sarah Mclachlan, K.D. Lang, shley Macisaac, Fiddle Players). I think that was pretty stupid since there were only 20 million canadianswatching and 2.5 billion other people from around the world.


Canadians really like that stuff? Brian Adams, really?
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He's from Vancouver,  and he was awesome in the early 90s.
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