Olympic Games

Hello fearless readers.  I have a little bit of time here so I figured I’d leave a little post here letting you all know that we are not dead, we’re just on a hiatus.  Actually, come to think of it, Weller might be dead.  I’m not sure.

As you know, I’m at the Olympics in Vancouver working hard, but having a lot of fun in the process.

I’m staying in the Whistler Village and I’m scheduled to work the Downhill events whenever they actually get started and then I’ll be moved around to the Sliding Center or wherever they need me.  I’ll try to come up with a way to encompass everything that has happened on try to give you a little taste of what it’s like to work at the Olympic Games but right now it’s just too hard to try and cover everything.

Anyway, assuming Weller isn’t dead, we’ll be back in full force soon.  If he is dead then I’ll be back at the beginning of March.

Some Olympic Hardware

Earlier today, I got curious and looked up what the medals for the upcoming Olympics would look like.  What I found was way more in-depth than I wanted, but I read all the articles and watched all the videos anyway.  Apparently these medals are wrought with symbolism.  Something about some whales and stuff, I don’t really remember.  Anyway, I thought they looked a whole lot better than the medals from Turin four years ago.

After I was satisfied with the medals from Vancouver, I went back on a pictorial walk through past Winter Olympic medals and figured I’d share them with you all.

Enjoy.

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Friday 5 – Winter Olympics

As Weller pointed out on Wednesday, I was recently informed that I got a job with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  I’m going to be headed out there either on January 25th or February 4th (they’ll let me know tomorrow) and I’ll be back on March 3rd unless they keep me around for the Paralympics which take place immediately after the Olympics.  I will be a “Venue Systems Manager” (OoooOOOOoooo) which means I’ll be in charge of the transportation of athletes and media from the Olympic Village to the venue.  Basically I’ll be making sure that all the buses are running on time, carrying all the people they’re supposed to carry, and making sure that everything is ready for them when they step off the bus.  I was also told specifically, “This is a stressful job.”

But I was also told that it’s a blast and I’ll be meeting all kinds of people from all over the world, which excites me.  I do plan on taking my laptop, though I don’t know if I’ll have internet access or how much time I’ll have to give updates, but I’ll try my best.  Now onto the Friday 5.

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The US Olympic Hockey Team

Last Saturday the United States announced the roster for the upcoming Olympic Games after the Winter Classic in Boston.  One of the things that is immediately obvious is  the lack of veterans present on the team.  Gone are US team stalwarts like Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk and Chris Chelios.  Now the team will be led by players like Patrick Kane, Erik Johnson, and Phil Kessel.

Only three players have past Olympic experience, Chris Drury, Brian Rafalski, and Jamie Langenbrunner.  The other 20 are first timers.  I’m hoping that can work as an advantage for the young team.  Maybe they won’t necessarily realize the magnitude of the task at hand.  There shouldn’t be much pressure on them as they US has only won a medal once since 1980’s Miracle on Ice.

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