Natalia and I went to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in February of 2010.
We met up with Paul and Allison Dehaan as well as Ross and Kelli Segelken.


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Here is Natalia on the Canada Line enroute to our sweet house in Riley Park.

Video of Paul the Bald Eagle



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Here are Paul and Ross hanging out in our rental house on the Friday night after arriving. They promptly
turned the house into a US-Canada cheering house with flags in the windows.


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The ladies promptly got into a crafting session to make sweet hats for our awesome events. Kudos to Kelli
for bringing the crafting materials.


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The house we rented was far nicer than I expected, complete with really nice artwork on the walls as well
as neat stuff like this. Naturally, I had to hump it. :)


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Here is Natalia with our sweet Canadian hats for the games.


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Here is Allison trying to remember her Canadian roots.


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Natalia found the Dehaans a really cute baby outfit for the Goob.


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Of course, Paul had to try on the bib.


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Ross and Kelli showing off their hats.


Curling at the Vancouver Olympic Centre


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Did I mention that we walked to our curling event? How sweet is that? Our house was just off the
King Edward Canada Line stop so it worked out well. Here is Natalia at the entrance to the Vancouver
Olympic Centre.


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Natalia going through security screening before curling.


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Paul and Allison in line at security along with Ross right behind them with a flag. Allison made Danish
flag hats for curling although I don't remember why at this point.


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The event tower outside the curling arena.


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Ross and Kelli on their way into curling.


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The warm weather was a little unexpected for sure. Here's a slightly washed out photo of Natalia
and I posing with our mitts after security.


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Here is a fuzzy photo of all 6 of us as we enter curling. Kelli, Ross, Natalia, and I had all of
the same tickets and Paul and Allison joined us for curling and speed skating later on the Saturday.


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Natalia and the curling ice surface.


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The Norwegian men's pants became quite a phenomenon, generating a lot of buzz and even their own
Facebook page. Natalia thought they were pretty hot. They went on the play Canada in the final
but Kevin Martin took the gold.


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We arrived a little before 8am for a 9 AM start and had no problem getting through security and into
our seats on time.

Video of Curlers being piped in



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Some of the men's teams we saw at the opening of the event.


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A better shot of the Norwegian curlers and their pants.


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Can you pick out Paul and Allison in the American section across the rink? That's right Allison, you were
seated in the American section!


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The US curlers throwing a stone. The Canadian fans naturally wound up supporting Sweden as the US played
and took it to an extra end. This might have been some of the loudest curling fans in the world.

Video of Sweden v US Curling



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Ross and Kelli at curling. Ross got so into curling prior to the Olympics that he wound up watching
one of the women's games on TV that kept him up until 2 in the morning!


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The German spare has the same last name as my brother-in-law, Karl Hoehne.


Hanging out in between curling and speed skating


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Walking back to our house, Natalia saw this house and absolutely loved it. Incidentally, so did Allison.


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Paul Dehaan did an amazing job painting a maple leaf on me for the speed skating event. It was partially
responsible for having most of the South Korean nation take photos with us that evening.


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Ross, all decked out and ready to root for Apolo Ohno. He was a little surprised to get some ribbing
from the Canadian fans as we wandered the streets of Vancouver. I can't imagine why. I personally really
liked the face paint.


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All of us outside our house and ready to cheer for some speed skaters!


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Downtown Granville Street at mid-day on Saturday February 20th.


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Inside Birk's (since Natalia wanted to buy a necklace), we found the Olympic torch and took a photo
with it. I thought the bobsled in the photo was a nice touch.


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All of us on Granville Street, Vancouver, BC. A passer-by thought we were quite something and
offered to take a photo. While we were at Birk's, the Americans got interviewed by Roy MacGregor
from the Globe and Mail about what it was like to be an American in Vancouver during the Olympics.
I couldn't find the article he wrote or even whether he referenced the kids, but it's still cool.

Just up the street from here is where the Royal Canadian Mint had their exhibit allowing people to
hold a gold medal (albeit with gloves). The line-up was on the order of 7 hours long!


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I am a Canadian machine!


Short Track Speed Skating


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When we arrived at Pacific Coliseum, we were just in time to see the mascots - Quatchi and Miga, but the
line was closed. So, instead, I just took a photo of them with some other spectators.


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The inside of Pacific Coliseum. These were our least expensive tickets at $50 each.


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Some of the men coming out onto the ice for one of the heats. In general, speed skating was neat but
I think they do a better job covering the race on TV.


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I ran into my cousin Michelle at the event (good eyes Natalia for spotting her) who was there spectating
with her boyfriend Thibaut.


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The schedule of events for speed skating.


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Some of the men coming around a corner in one of the early heats of the Men's 1000m.


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Canadian Charles Hamelin making his move.


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Natalia and I at Pacific Coliseum.


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Ross and Kelli at the speed skating with great face paint and good fan spirit.


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The line-up for the Ladies 1500m final. I still don't know why it's Ladies' speed skating, but
Women's hockey.


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8 skaters actually started this race. It was absolute chaos.


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Charles and his brother skated in the 1000m final but wound up finishing 4th and 5th, so out of the
medals.


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The 'flower ceremony' for the men since the actual medals were given out the next night at BC Place.


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I really like this photo of Paul Dehaan. Imagine the voice of the Crocodile Hunter: "A startled bald
eagle is just as likely to attack your face and tear out your eye balls as it is to squawk loudly and
just stare at you with daggers in its eyes." We were on the bus going back to downtown from the
speed skating event. Considering how many people they were moving around the city, I actually
thought that Vancouver did a pretty good job of moving people around for events.


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I love this sign. Who is a 'standee' really?


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This is a window display of one of the higher end clothing stores downtown. Two mannequins throwing
their gloves to the ice for a brawl would have been a sweet display!


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Natalia outside one of the displays near Robson Square.


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Natalia liked the cups hanging off this tree.

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