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Eight Things To Know About Attending The Next Olympic Games

March 1, 2010 at 5:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

The 2010 Winter Olympics have come to an end and as sad as we are for the fun to be over, we're getting cheered up by thinking about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Here our Jaunted Winter Olympics Embed Tuija Seipell gives us tips on what we should know for the next Olympic games. Want to reminisce about the 2010 Olympics? Go here to peruse all of Tuija's stories.

The Russians had a highly visible presence at the Olympics as they will host the next Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. They took over the entire Science World here in Vancouver (originally built for Expo ’86) and renamed it Russky Dom – Russian House - so visitors were able to get a peek at what 2014 will hold.

The descriptions and topographic maps of the Krasnodar area where the games will be held looked quite cool. There was also a tiny stage where Russian singers and dancers performed, and a well-stocked shop of the expensive red-and-white Russian team gear.

But whether you're headed to London in 2012 or Sochi in 2014, there are some things you should know before you go. Here are Eight Things to Know About Attending The Olympics.

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Jaunted Winter Olympics Embed: Watching The Pretty Wonders On Ice

February 25, 2010 at 3:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Yesterday I was at the women’s figure skating morning training session at the Pacific Coliseum and it was quite amazing to see all of the best skaters in the world working on their routines at the same time! Much like the men's training session, the competitors came on ice in four groups. Each group starts with a short warm-up and then each athlete’s music is played.

Some skated through their entire program, some did just some key jumps while others, including Canada’s Joannie Rochette whose mother died suddenly on Sunday, did not jump much at all but went through their program’s other parts.

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Jaunted Winter Olympics Embed: Canada Has 'Probably The Best Coverage Ever'

February 23, 2010 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

The scoreboard from the USA-Sweden Women's Hockey game, which Canadians were able to watch at home, LIVE.

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.

We have heard complaints about NBC’s horrendous TV coverage, but Canadians have enjoyed probably the best Olympic coverage ever. The official network CTV has its sports channel TSN, plus it licensed with Rogers Sportsnet to create the CTV-Rogers consortium to broadcast almost 900 hours of continuous coverage.

So, we have three channels working together, covering various events and ceremonies, and keeping viewers informed at the bottom of the screen of what’s on on each channel. Pretty much every competition, event and ceremony is covered live.

CTV-Rogers consortium is very happy. The US-Canada Men's hockey game this past Sunday had the largest- ever audience for a sporting event in Canada: 10.6 million viewers. That's pretty huge for a nation of 33 million. And there is no doubt that each hockey game from now on will have as big or bigger audience. Of course, it would be nice to see the Canadians win from now on!

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Jaunted Winter Olympics Embed: What Everyone is Waiting For

February 22, 2010 at 3:50 PM | by | Comments (3)

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.

The final week of the 2010 Winter Olympics has begun and crowds are reaching peak numbers. There is a line-up for everything. One of the longest has been the six-plus-hour wait for the 30-second zip across Robson Square. Amazingly, everyone says it is worth the wait, and that they had fun in the line-up.

Another consistent queue has been to the Olympic superstore at The Bay that sells the official Olympic merchandise. People have waited on average for 1.5 hours to get in the store and another hour or two to get through the checkouts and out. Some have arrived at 6 a.m. for the 9 a.m. store opening.

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Jaunted Winter Olympics Embed: The Wonderful World of Curling

February 19, 2010 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

I went to my first-ever curling event with 5,600 other spectators this week for men’s round robin session with USA-Norway, Canada-Germany and China-France. (Norway, Canada and France won). Surprisingly, curling fans are boisterous, loud and fun. There were cow bells and bull horns, chanting and singing, and wild support for all teams, especially for “Norway’s Pants.”

In a fantastic PR stunt for a game with a dull and boring reputation, Thomas Ulsrud and his teammates from Oslo have drawn huge attention with their clown/pajama pants in the Norwegian colors. There were even some wannabe “Norway’s Pants” in the audience. If Norway wins a medal, curling – and especially curling attire -- may never be the same again!

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Jaunted Winter Olympics Embed: Where The Party At?

February 18, 2010 at 4:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

As you can imagine, everyone in town for the Olympics Games is in a good mood with excited folks sharing experiences with one another, asking questions and giving tips. But just where is all this "action" happening? Why, Downtown Vancouver of course.

The most happening of the free options downtown are the two Live Cities, Live City Yaletown and Live City Downtown which host concerts and stream the medal ceremonies on mega-screens, as well as the GE Robson Square with its free public skating, entertainment stage, the Zipline, and awesome nightly light shows at 9:30 and 11 p.m.

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Jaunted Winter Olympics Embed: Making New Friends In The Ticket Line-Ups

February 17, 2010 at 3:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

If you have general admission standing-room tickets for Cypress mountain events, those tickets have now been cancelled due to heavy rain. Apparently, full refunds will be issued. The events themselves are not cancelled, neither are any other tickets for those events except the general admission standing-room tickets.

I’m disappointed, as I had standing-room tickets for Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom. That was to be my only Cypress Mountain event. To see if your events have been cancelled or moved around go to the official Vancouver 2010 site.

On a practical note, don’t despair if you see a long line-up. Sometimes they move really fast, or if you can come back at another time, it may be easier to get in.

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Jaunted Winter Olympics Embed: Men's Figure Skating, Form and Fashion

February 16, 2010 at 5:15 PM | by | Comments (3)

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.

My eyes have still not recovered from all the starlight, glitter and sequins I witnessed yesterday at the Pacific Coliseum, the figure skating and short-track speed skating venue. I feel oddly star-struck for having seen all of the world’s best figure skaters, and I'm not even a huge figure-skating fan.

I had tickets for the 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. practice sessions where the Men’s Short Program participants and pairs practiced. As I walked into the almost-empty venue just after 7 a.m., there was the un-retired Evgeni Plushenko from Russia in his sequins, jumping about on the ice!

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Jaunted Winter Olympics Embed: What It's Like Touching Gold

February 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM | by | Comments (3)

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.

I am already exhausted and the Olympics have only begun! There is so much free stuff to see and do that you can easily keep busy for days just enjoying them.

I chased the torch on opening day, starting at 6:30 a.m. in the pitch-dark Stanley Park where it ran along my regular morning running path. Later on, I joined the thousands who cheered on Dal Richards, the legendary 92-year-old local bandleader, as he brought the torch to Robson Square.

In the evening, only two hours before the Opening Ceremonies, I watched the unwrapping of the cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza by the Convention Centre. It looked like they would not get it ready, but they did! (Ed. Note: This is not the same torch that had the unfortunate hydraulics incident during the Opening Ceremony.)

On Saturday, I went to check out the Olympic medals. The line-up for the Royal Canadian Mint at 500 Granville Street (open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.) was about one and a half hours, but it was worth it. And, as we stood in line, Vice President Biden’s massive motorcade drove right past us. (Another Ed. Note: The motorcade later got in an accident.)

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Jaunted Winter Olympics Embed: Last-Minute Tips for Attending The Games

February 12, 2010 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

The Olympic Torch arrived at Vancouver City Hall on Thursday. It rained, the cherry trees blossomed, red lanterns signified the Chinese New Year, and the crowds were large and polite -- so we had a thoroughly “Vancouver” event!

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

February 11, 2010 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Jaunted Winter Olympics Embed: Vancouver's Downtown Zipline is Free

February 10, 2010 at 5:06 PM | by | Comments (2)

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 really buzzing now with new country-or sponsor-specific pavilions popping up by the hour. You blink and the entire landscape has changed by the time you open your eyes!

One of the most exciting free things to do during the Olympics downtown at Robson Square is the zip line by Ziptrek Ecotours that is now ready although not yet open to the public.

You climb up a four-storey high tower on the Law Court side, harness yourself into a sling, clip yourself into a line, and jump off the ledge. You zoom diagonally over Robson Square’s free public skating rink and across Robson Street. You land on Howe Street, next to the Art Gallery. There are two of the 170-meter-long wires, so two people can zip at a time.

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