Sunday, February 14th, 2010.
What can I say.... it was perfect, sunny weather at Cypress today and we won our first gold medal on Canadian soil!
I lucked out on my position today. I was right at bottom of the mogul run working in the "mix zone"; the zone where the athletes and media are together & do the interviews etc. It was much the same position I had yesterday. All the volunteers want a position like this because it is where the action is and the view is good of the mogul run. (we have no control where we work each day, just the luck of the draw) I had to control access to this area and check that everyone had the right credentials to get in.
The highlight of the day was after Alexandre won the gold. He and his family left the "mix zone" and walked right by my position. I was within 1 foot of him!! but he was busy talking to the Prime Minister on an ear phone! I congratulated his mother and I "high fived" his brother. I also got a picture of the family that I have posted.
Tomorrow I am working at the snowboard cross. I just heard that they have cancelled 4,000 general admission tickets for tomorrow because their standing surface is unsafe. I hope I am not working at ticketing as there will be many unhappy people. How unfortunate for some people who may have travelled to Vancouver for that one event.
We had a few tense moments at Cypress today. After the mogul event finished and 9,000 people exited the venue, we were informed that an 11 year old japanese boy had become separated from his family. He could not speak English. It was also dark when the event finished. He was lost for about an hour but he was finally found.
I think the weather is calling for sun tomorrow again which is great as I have been here 5 days and this is only the second day I've seen sun. I've come to learn that everyday is a "bad hair day" in Vancouver due to the climate.
Take care, we will talk soon.