Vancouver Games Open With Some Less-Than-Great Moments

The dust (rain) has settled on the opening day of the Vancouver Olympic Games, and several things jumped out as I watched it late at night with the help of a remote control.

There was the tragic death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili earlier in the day at Whistler, and what struck me, as I’m sure it did many others, was why were there steel beams so close to the track. The Georgian was out of control, flew through the air, and crashed into one of those steel beams that in my eye should’ve been placed back about ten feet. But I’m not a luge track architect so what do I know?

The chiefs of the native bands were late getting to their seats at BC Place and so while the festivities began to unfold, only Stephen Harper, wife Laureen, Governor-General Michaelle Jean, and few others had taken their places;  some were in the process of removing their coats and shuffling about, and most of the seats in the box remained empty. To me it looked amateurish and unorganized. How come the chiefs and others were late?

One of the four hydraulic structures failed to rise as Wayne Gretzky, Rick Nash and the others waited impatiently and appeared slightly embarrassed while holding their torches. We all waited impatiently and were slightly embarrassed. How come the hydraulics didn’t work? And reading CBC comments later on, someone mentioned that now the jokes about Canada “not being able to get it up’ have started.

British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell, who was also late getting to his seat, looked like he’d had a couple of extra glasses of wine as he swayed back and forth and waved his flag in his front of Laureen Harper’s face. I think he just wanted to be noticed. He’s like that.

“Oh, Canada” was sung extremely slow and jazzed up by Montrealer Nikki Yanofsky, and judging by comments on CBC, pretty well everyone is in agreement that they hated it. I wasn’t crazy about it either. Why do people want to tamper with anthems?

Wayne Gretzky got into the back of a police pickup truck and rode through downtown Vancouver in the rain to light the final stage. Imagine if the truck didn’t start?

5 thoughts on “Vancouver Games Open With Some Less-Than-Great Moments”

  1. Bryan Adams was busy admiring Nelly Furtado and forgot to raise the mic before starting to lip sync.

  2. It was a brain fart. That’s why news people have copy editors. I can tell you’re not the forgiving type.

  3. I talked to people the day after and you most certainly are not alone in your observations. I guess the little guy who noticed the emperor had no clothes was considered an idiot too by some – but he wasn’t. He was just speaking the truth.

    But like Jack Nicholson once said, “You want the truth! You can’t handle the truth!”

    And while it’s okay to disagree with someone, it’s not okay to be disagreeable about it. Personal attacks diminish us all. So I would hope we can discuss things without resorting to name calling from now on.

    Dennis, your writing is great. We can use a few good men like you.

    Keep up the good work.

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