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Jaunted Winter Olympics Embed: Vancouver Is Fired Up Over The Torch Arrival

February 11, 2010 at 5:20 PM | by | ()

The 2010 Winter Olympics are finally here and the Jaunted Embeds are on the scene. All throughout the games we are going to be providing you first-hand observations and tips from a Vancouver local. Tuija Seipell is a Vancouver-based writer and a dual citizen of both Finland and Canada--so she is bound to get a medal or two right? You can follow her on Twitter here, or just follow the Vancouver 2010 Olympics tag.

Vancouver is getting ready to go absolutely crazy! The Olympic torch is nearing downtown, zig-zagging the neighborhoods in ever-decreasing circles to bring the flame to the Opening Ceremonies that start at 6 pm (PST) on Friday, February 12th at BC Place—that's tomorrow!

A tightly guarded rumour has it that the Olympic flame will also be lit in a cauldron (still shrouded under white tarp) west of the Convention Centre (the Olympic Media Centre) at the Jack Poole Plaza, which was named as a tribute to the Vancouver Organizing Committee’s (VANOC) founding chairman who passed away in October, the day after the flame was lit in Greece.

At noon today, the English Bay inukshuk that inspired the 2010 Olympics logo received its red mittens. In North Vancouver, the Russian tall ship Kruzenstern has just docked, ready to add yet another fun element to the massive Russian presence here. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympics and Russia has taken over the entire geodesic dome of the Science Centre.

The IOC is also now safely ensconced in the Westin Bayshore hotel with scores of specially marked cars waiting to whisk them to their destinations.

Even if you don’t have tickets to any sports, you will be busy! Hundreds of free concerts and events will keep you hopping all across Metro Vancouver and Whistler. Check out the free events. The events of the huge Cultural Olympiad are not free but also worth checking out .

As I write, a friend of mine is at a rehearsal of the Opening Ceremonies. Her three messages so far (complete secrecy is required): “This is amazing!”, “Awesome!” and “I’m getting REALLY excited now!” So am I!

If you are attending the Olympics and want to shoot us Olympic travel tips, please do. Any questions about what to do or how to do it while in Vancouver for the Olympics? Just ask your question in the comments below and we'll do our best to answer it.

Related Stories:
· 2010 Winter Olympics Coverage [Jaunted]
· Looking Ahead to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics [Jaunted]

[Photos: Tuija Seipell]

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