Saturday, March 20, 2010
On March 13 and 14, several StudentsLive members attending the curling game at the Vancouver Paralympic Centre. I actually never knew that much about curling, but I had watched it on TV when the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games were on. I swear, TV does NOT give curling any justice what so ever. The major difference between curling live and on the TV just astound me.
First of all, I had no clue that when you watch curling live, there are actually 4 games occurring all at the same time. On March 13 , we had the honour to watch:
Korea vs. The United States of America
Great Britain vs. Canada
Sweden vs. Switzerland
Germany vs. Norway
I have to admit, it is very difficult to watch curling live because it's hard to focus on one game at a time. Sometimes you suddenly hear a roar of cheering and you have no clue what just happened because you were focusing on another game occurring on a different sheet.
Four games, going all at once!
At first , I was wondering how the curlers would sweep, as they are in a wheelchair. But once the game started, I figured out that in wheelchair curling, there are NO sweepers what so ever. Another cool fact is that when the release the stone, the wheelchair is steadied by another teammate (look at photo below).
Team Canada's Sonja Gaudet steadies Team Canada's Ina Forrest.
Wheelchair curling is actually a very new sport, as it made it's Paralympic debut in Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games. Teams consist of male and female curlers with varying impairments of the leg(s) or gait functionality.
The games on the 13th was truly intense, having Canada win 9-2 against Great Britain and a close tie with Switzerland and Sweden , with the final outcome of 7-6, giving Switzerland the win.
Jim Armstrong, looking very happy after a great victory!
On March 14th, we were able to watch:
Norway vs. Canada
Italy vs. Switzerland
The United States of America vs. Germany
Japan vs. Korea
With another 8 ends of non-stop action, it was Italy who had won a great 13-4 against Switzerland. But what I loved about that game was actually the Japan and Korean fans in the section across from us. They truly showed spirit and were defiantly fantastic supporters with their huge flags waving and the cheers in Japanese or Korean! :)
Capping the game off was Canada, coming through from the back and earning a 6-5 win against Norway. The Norwegians were fantastic, great sports and also had some cool pants , just like the Norwegian curlers in the Olympics!
CURLING WITH NORWAY = COOL PANTS.
All in all, I had a fantastic time at the two curling games and learned a lot :)
¸ -xoxo Lorie
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Game flags, consisting of pictures of the sports.
Lineups for security screening before entering BC Place.
A picture with the Olympic rings :)
The flag of the nations participating in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games :)
What I love about the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games is that it brings culture. It has brought out the flavours of our unique vibrant city and I think it's a great thing to show the world. We're showing the world our roots with the fantastic first nation arts and performances and we're expressing our love for culture with all the different ethnic shows around the city.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I practically spent the day at school getting pumped for the huge block party after school. When the bell rang, I ran home, dropped off my bags and headed over to the Steveston Community Centre with my friend, Hazelle. There was live entertainment of a rock band, free Canada and Olympic flags, hot chocolate, cookies, pins and cool temporary Canada tattoos. The torch was to pass right by our houses at 5:50pm and right in front of our houses was where a torch barer would light another torch for another bearer. We RAN LIKE MANICS down the streets to get to our houses. Luckily, we made it just in time! Then party music was played, police lights were down the streets and then I saw a line of cars coming down. I was so excited, I couldn't even explain it. When the flame was getting closer, our neighbours cheered so loudly with us and we just looked all so happy! I can't even describe how amazing it was to watch the Olympic flame being passed, so I took a video :)
After the torch relay, Hazelle, My mom and I immediately headed over to the OZone to catch the celebrations and to watch Rick Hansen light the cauldron . When we arrived, the OZone was packed and the security line up was HUGE! Thankfully, none of us had big bags, so we went through the line VERY QUICKLY. But that wasn't the only huge crowd. The OZone was jam packed, with no bleachers to sit on and a mass sea of people holding neon glow sticks, waving them to the beat and Canada flags being waved everywhere. Arriving at 7pm, we just shuffled through people and had ended up RIGHT AGAINST THE FENCE, FRONT ROW at 8:40pm. But what made my night was singing our national anthem, which resulted in me crying because it was so such a surreal moment filled with emotions and pride. The sound of over 30,000 people singing "O Canada" made me realize how real the moment was. Through out the night, there were lots of great performances and plenty of cheering!
But what made the long wait in the cold weather was Rick Hansen lighting the cauldron at the OZone. It was like magic, the moment was worth the long wait. As Rick Hansen spoke to the crowd, his words touched my heart. Rick Hansen is great inspiration and just proves that nothing can ever hold you back. I'm hoping that I'll have an opportunity to talk to him in person!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
That's a picture of Adeleine and I with the Czech Republic's luge team! They were all really nice :)
The track they race on is called a labyrinth and is made up of left and right turns with NO STRAIGHT sections in between. You can imagine how fast this sport is! In the Winter Olympic games, all the luge events are timed to the thousandth of a second.
Along with meeting the 4 Czech Republic athletes, the StudentsLive team got to take a tour of the Robson Media Centre, which is also called the International Media Centre. The Robson Media Centre is where different media will be working on stories, interviewing and much more. Here are some photos that I took during our tour!
Along with the amazing tour, I was walking around Robson Street and took some pictures of the great pieces of art; the pieces totally bring out the cultural vibe to the city. I would defenitly recommend going to Robson Street by public transit as during the games it will be the easist and quickest way to get around.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
But anyways, the Paralympic blog entry WILL DEFINITELY BE UP WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK! I just need to find some time......
Oh, quick fun note ; I've been wearing my 2010 Vancouver red mittens every single day to school :D
That's all for now,
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Friday night , hotpot in the cold January days :)
For those who don't know what hotpot is, it's dipping raw meat, seafood or vegetables into a boiling hot flavoured soup, which then cooks the food . Hotpot is usually eaten with a variety of sauces that are combined to together. I went with my usual, soy sauce, hot chili paste, ginger, scallions and a bit of peanut butter. Yes, peanut butter. It makes the sauce come together.
Hotpot night included : Fresh lobster, AAA Angus beef, lamb shoulder, Enoki mushrooms, fish paste balls, tofu, fresh oysters. Soup base? Took chicken stock, dunked all the shell of the fresh lobster into the stock, boiled it for 20 minutes to get a nice delicately flavoured lobster broth.
Saturday brunch at Browns Social House (Richmond location) - New Mexican Hash :)
Sorry for the terrible photo, I need to get into the habit of taking a picture of the food before I start eating it. But anyways, my mom and I went for Saturday brunch at Browns Social House and we both ordered the "New Mexican Hash" and freshly squeezed OJ. Got to say, this is my favourite brunch ever. The hash included 2 poached eggs, pulled pork, a bit of salsa, sour cream, scallions, banana peppers (my mom thinks they're too spicy , so her hash didn't have them) mojo potatoes (they're like seasoned french fries and they taste like heaven) and "tobacco onions" , which were like mini pepper and salt onion rings but they were in long strips. The runny yolk was great for dunking the mojo potatoes in and the pulled pork was so tender . Great brunch. The items they have on their menu has just been done too many times, but this hash is simply fabulous.
Rating : 7.5 out of 10
Browns Social House
1020-11660 Steveston Hwy.
Richmond , BC
Saturday night , laid back noodles.
Just some Japanese noodles with slow cooked lamb and carrots with the braising sauce :) Delicious! Home-styled food made by my mom tastes the best on cold nights .
Sunday morning - PANCAKES MADE FROM SCRATCH!
I made pancakes from scratch this morning for my mom and I. They were really tasty, especially with the fresh strawberries, orange slices and a mixed berrycompote. Enough said, those pancakes were really fluffy :) Oh, and I made a happy face on my pancake, ehehe!
SUPPORTING CANADIAN ATHLETES! FINALLY GOT RED MITTENS!
To top off my weekend, I finally got pair of the Vancouver 2010 red mittens! :) Supporting our Canadian athletes ! Red shirt + red mittens :D
So that was a view of my weekend :) Stayed tuned this week, a blog entry about the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games is soon to come!