Friday, 12 February 2010


Tonite at 6PM PST , the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics will begin at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia and will feature, among other events and exhibits, the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. Always a huge extravaganza and always kept very hush- hush (or as much as can be done in this media gone mad world) there is much speculation about what the opening cermonies will bring in both flavor and fantasy. There have already been some leaks as to who is performing with bets on Canadians Nelly Furtado, Sarah Mclaughlin and Bryan Adams being some of the featured artists. Like the rest of the world, we shall have to wait and see what is in store!!!

One of the much anticipated performances of the Opening ceremonies is ' We are the World - 25 for Haiti' , aptly titled as it is a benefit for Haiti. Organized by Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones, this remake will bring together the likes of Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Pink — along with some newly added artists who won't be revealed until the remake airs.

Let the games begin....

The theme of the 2010 Winter Olympics is : Inspire The World, which I find rather suiting as every year, millions of people are inspired by not only the athletes themselves but by the the coming together of so many countries for one common goal:the pursuit of human excellence. This year there will be over 80 nations participating with over 2600 athletes taking part in these Olympic games.

Quick facts about the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games:

Date and time: 6:00pm PST: February 12, 2010
Location: BC Place in Vancouver
Theme: "To Inspire the World"
Budget for Opening and Closing Ceremonies:: $40 million

Television viewers: Estimated three billion
Marks the first time that Olympic ceremonies will be held indoors
Mascots: Miga, a sea bear, Quatchi, a Sasquatch, and Sumi, an animal spirit
Number of Paralympic athletes and officials: 1,350
Countries participating in Olympic Winter Games: 80+
Countries participating in Paralympic Winter Games: 40+
2010 Olympic Winter Games events tickets available: 1.6 million
2010 Paralympic Winter Games events tickets available: 250,000
Estimated number of media representatives: 10,000
Estimated number of Games volunteers: 25,000

For me, the Olympics always remind me that while we are a world of many different countries and cultures, physical competition is something we all have in common and which brings us together, on so many levels!

ENJOY the 2010 Olympics!!


  1. I totally adore the Olympics...and it it hopefully transcends so much that is wrong with the word and inspires so much good!!

  2. We've been doing some Olympics based work in school. I have a display board in class dedicated to 2010 Olympics and we had an Olympics afternoon. My kids loved it! I think they are already quite excited about the 2012 Olympics on their doorsteps!

  3. This is Riemmelth by the way :o)

  4. With the Men's Olympic downhill expected to start in just minutes here is your virtual Olymipic downhill course.

  5. We actually one a gold!!! Woohoo for skeleton sledging :))

  6. Halfway through and can't wait to see the closing ceremonies! They are always bitter sweet to me! Thanks for all the comments and enthusiasm , everyone!