FREE OLYMPICS – DAY 17

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GOOOOLD!!!!!  What a finish to these Olympic Games! Canada wins its 14th gold — a Winter Olympics record — on home soil, on the last competition of the last day, doing what it does best: hockey.

Watching the game from my high-rise apartment, a Canadian goal would generate a spontaneous roar from the whole neighborhood, many people going on their balconies shouting in joy and blowing those air horns as loudly as possible. It was a tight game, but Canada got the edge, Sidney Crosby clinching the game winner in OT.

I went out in a hurry shortly after the medal ceremony to catch the expected festivities in the core of Downtown Vancouver. It was incredible seeing so many Canadian flags hovering proudly over the dense, festive crowd. I don’t think Vancouver has ever been this happy! If only this were “Groundhog Day“… :)

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FREE OLYMPICS – DAY 10

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A live model at Robson’s Guess store

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Watching the USA-Canada hockey game at the CTV booth on Robson. Canada just scored to make it 1-1.

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Watching the searchlights from Burrard Bridge

FREE OLYMPICS – DAY 7

Another night out on the town around Granville St. and Robson Square. Not as busy or lively as the previous night, but still entertaining.

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Elvis was here… :)

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This is the band that I had a blast watching a few months ago.

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One of the two “Duh Hockey Guys”… lol

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Nightly light/laser/pyro show.

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Nightly light/laser/pyro show.

CANUCKS FIGHTING TO STAY ALIVE

The neighbourhood just jumped up, so I guess the ‘Nucks scored a goal.  I went to a bar to see the last game and, after going home with the Canucks leading 2-0 after two periods, they sabotaged their lead with too many penalties and ended up losing 3-2 in OT to the Mighty Ducks.  Now they have no choice but to win the next three games, or else it’s over for them this season.

EDIT: No luck.  The Canucks are headed for the golf course.  They lost 2-1 in the second OT period.  See you next season, guys!

CANUCKS FEVER!!!

Oh my God!  Even if you were home downtown and NOT watching the game tonight, you couldn’t possibly miss a single goal being scored by the Canucks as the neighbouring buildings resonated with a loud cheer every time the home team shot the puck in the net.  It seemed as though all Vancouverites were glued to their TV set, in high anticipation, as the deciding game 7 was being played out between the Canucks and the Dallas Stars.

I don’t have a TV, so I didn’t see the game (yeah, I could have gone to a pub or something — too lazy I guess), but judging by the decibel level being generated by my neighbouring fans, I think it’s safe to say things were looking good for the Canucks.  I checked the score online and, sure enough, they ended up winning the game 4-1.

It was amazing to see and hear all the fans coming out on their respective balconies and scream their head off in jubilation as the game was won.  It didn’t take long for the people in the streets to cheer back, for someone to blow an air horn, for a dog to bark approvingly (? ;) ) and a fire truck to wail its siren and honk out loud for a few seconds.  I even saw some fireworks shooting up in the sky from what may have been Robson street or even from the top of a building (???) close by.  Can’t wait to see how things will look like if the Nucks win the Cup…

Alright, I think I have the Canucks fever too now (“It’s about time!” I can almost hear you say. ;)  ).  I’ll do my best to watch the games at a local bar and be part of the action and the contagious atmosphere sweeping the city these days.

Far off in the distance, I seem to be hearing a huge cheering still going strong, on Robson and cars are starting to honk too…