Tuesday, March 2, 2010
90 ~ Those Olympic Games
As a Canadian and ex-Vancouverite I have to turn my attention away from Canary Islands for a few moments to comment on what were to me the most wonderful Winter Olympic games that I've seen. Congratulation to Vancouver for organizing such a monumental event and for showing the world one of Canada's most beautiful cities. They worked hard to make sure that Cypress Mountain had enough snow, while in downtown Vancouver the trees in the streets were decked with pink Japanese plum blossoms.
I watched every event possible, despite the eight hour time difference between Vancouver and the Canary Islands, where we are on GMT London time. But I have a special love of the Figure Skating events. And the young Korean girl, Kim Yu-Na was so exquisite, with the grace of a prima ballerina, that it was no wonder she won the gold medal for Womens' Figure Skating. These screen captures were taken during the Exhibition Gala.
We had a total electric failure on Tenerife just as we were waiting to watch the closing ceremonies of the games. What a shame. However we have to count ourselves lucky that shortly before that happened we were able to see the much awaited hockey game where Canada won the gold medal in the sudden death final after a tie with USA, for a total of 14 gold medals for Canada, an Olympic record. And thanks to Eurovision Tv's website all the Olympic events are recorded and available for Europeans for viewing in their entirety as well as in high definition and full screen. Even if you don't have HD on your monitor, the pictures are beautiful and clear.
At the time of writing, if you live in Europe, you can still watch full length videos in HD and full screen of many of the Olympic events, including both the opening and closing ceremonies in their entirety on Eurovision Sports TV.
Here is the link. The opening and closing ceremonies are the first and last of the thumbnail picture icons. The gala exhibition figure skating is also there.
There is another page of many video links from Eurovision TV, not in HD, where you can search at page left for the type of event which will appear in the thumbnail boxes. Here is that link. From there you can also switch to the HD page on the tab at the top of the video window.
And if you are living elsewhere, here is the website for Vancouver 2010 which also has many videos of the city and the Games.
Photos above are screenshots are taken from from OBS Olympic Broadcasting Services, as seen on Eurovision Sports TV on my computer.
And to finish, here is a little video about Vancouver:
Bye for now and ¡Hasta la vista!