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The 2010 Winter Olympics open in Vancouver, Canada……

The delegation from Georgia entered with black scarves and a black band around their right bicep to honor their luge athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died earlier in the day.

The opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics is scheduled to begin tonight at 9 p.m. ET at the downtown Vancouver arena B.C. Place, which is otherwise the home of a Canadian Football League team. It will be the first indoor opening ceremony in Olympic history.

Update | 10:06 p.m. As San Marino’s four team members enter, the oversized Canadian flag that was raised at the start of the opening ceremonies by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police color guard is in trouble. There is a fan that is supposed to make it unfurl as if in a heavy breeze. But the flag has become entangled in a rope. — Ian Austen

Update | 10:02 p.m. While Vancouver’s mild temperatures and lack of snow make the host city less than wintry, it also avoids one potential problem. In 2007, the Teflon-coasted roof of B.C. Place collapsed following a snow storm. A tear developed in the fabric, releasing the air from 16 fans which support it. — Ian Austen

Update | 9:52 p.m. I continue to be amazed at the energy of the people involved in the opening ceremony. The people of the First Nations who are dancing in the middle of the stage haven’t stopped moving for at least 30 minutes. And we’re only on the 42nd of 82 countries to enter the stadium. They appear to have incredible endurance and enthusiasm. Bravo!

On another note, the woman who is announcing the countries as they enter the stadium may lose her voice by the end of the night. She is yelling at the top of her lungs.

I also noticed that the delegations are all clad in cold-weather gear. Nice-looking, but not climate appropriate. Inside this indoor stadium with 60,600 people, it is starting to get a little steamy. — Juliet Macur

More……..……

Dancers perform around four totems during the Opening Ceremony.

Man….. it’s cold enough where I am now……..and we have to have more snow…..for real!

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February 12, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates, Weather, Women | ,

18 Comments »

  1. I hope Germany does not let me down

    A real shame if they do not end the Games with the most medals

    Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | February 13, 2010 | Reply

    • we’ll see

      Comment by jamesb101 | February 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. I recorded the Opening Ceremony on DVD. I always doing this with Opening & Closing Ceremonies of Olympics.

    Comment by Merlin | February 13, 2010 | Reply

    • It’s good to go back sometimes and see all the things you missed the first time you watched something….

      Comment by jamesb101 | February 13, 2010 | Reply

      • First Discipline of the Vancouver Olympics will be Ski Jumping in about 30 Minutes IF and that’s a big IF the Weather (Wind) cooporates.

        BTW the best Ceremonies so far I think were in Sydney (Summer) 10 years ago.

        Athens & Beijing were still good but compared to Sydney they’re running behind both.

        Comment by Merlin | February 13, 2010

  3. ” the downtown Vancouver arena B.C. Place, which is otherwise the home of a Canadian Football League team”

    You sure about that james. I thought the B. C. Place was the Home of the Canadian Ice-Hockey Team Vancouver Cannucks.

    Comment by Merlin | February 13, 2010 | Reply

  4. I saw the video on the luge guy…whew!

    Comment by jamesb101 | February 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Horrible it was. Way too dangerous riding if it isn’t safe.

      Heck, even the thing in Cesana, Torino 4 years ago wasn’t safe.

      Comment by Merlin | February 13, 2010 | Reply

      • that IS dangerous…one mistake and…….

        Comment by jamesb101 | February 13, 2010

  5. Tha’s what they said……

    Comment by jamesb101 | February 13, 2010 | Reply

  6. The Austrian Ski Jumpers are probably the Favorites along with Simon Ammann from Switzerland from what I’m hearing.

    The Second Discipline I’m gonna watch is Biathlon. The Germans are probably the Favorites there.

    Comment by Merlin | February 13, 2010 | Reply

    • what are the two things?

      Comment by jamesb101 | February 13, 2010 | Reply

      • I’m watching Ski-Jumping and Biathlon. In both Disciplines Americans have no chance at all.

        Hopefully in Biathlon the Germans can pick up some Medals.

        Comment by Merlin | February 13, 2010

  7. what are the two events in the biathlon?…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | February 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Running and Shooting

      Comment by Merlin | February 13, 2010 | Reply

      • thanks…..

        Comment by jamesb101 | February 13, 2010

  8. james,

    I’m going to do a Medal Count for the Dog which will be updated each Day.

    Comment by Merlin | February 13, 2010 | Reply

    • ok….when you get this first posts I’ll do a seprate one at the end of each day….

      Comment by jamesb101 | February 13, 2010 | Reply


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