Luckily, The Bay learned from this and the Olympic superstore is now open 24 hours a day Friday to Sunday and 9 a.m. until midnight during the week. Vanoc says it has surpassed all expectations in Olympic merchandise sales and estimates that the $1.5 million it lost when it had to cancel the standing-room tickets for most events at Cypress Mountain, will be recovered though unexpectedly high merchandise sales.
The biggest deal, of course, have been the 2010 Olympics Red Mittens ($10), of which three million pairs will be sold. Even Oprah gave away 300 pairs on her show!
Yet another place with constant line-ups has been the outdoor Olympic Cauldron. The organizers have now opened up a viewing platform – for which the line-up is about an hour or more – open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This line-up is well worth it and as you wait, the views of the Olympic rings and the floatplane docks at Coal Harbour are beautiful.
When you reach the platform, you not only see the cauldron but you also feel the heat from the flames and hear their powerful whooshing sound. At the viewing platform, the Olympic Flame transforms from a merely visual image into a physical experience.
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[Photos: Tuija Seipell/Ted Topping]