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^^ Prefectly sums it up. Typical American ... is he trying to be funny? I'm not sure. \sarcasm

As for the song, not bad, but we could've picked something better.

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First casualty of the 2010 Olympic Games:

http://www.ctvolympics.ca/luge/news/newsid=39315.html#georgian+luger+dead+after+training+crash+afp

Only a few hours before the start of the Opening Ceremonies.  He was clocked at 144.3 km/h when he lost control.

RIP Nodar.

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First casualty of the 2010 Olympic Games:

http://www.ctvolympics.ca/luge/news/newsid=39315.html#georgian+luger+dead+after+training+crash+afp

Only a few hours before the start of the Opening Ceremonies.  He was clocked at 144.3 km/h when he lost control.

RIP Nodar.

Just watched video of the accident.  Very sad.

  

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Sad story..... thoughts and prayers for his family. Watching the clip of it leaves a sickening feeling in my stomach

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[quote name='senor_incendiarse wrote:


TheAce']Sad story..... thoughts and prayers for his family. Watching the clip of it leaves a sickening feeling in my stomach

Yeah, I don't know why I watched, but the site should remove the video.

  

I agree......  Sportsnet actually has a pretty graphic picture of the accident happening as the story headlines......

I watched it myself and I regret it..... sad to see him living his last few moments of life.

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Anyways, now to lighten things up and realize that the Olympic games isn't all doom and gloom, let's celebrate the opening of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Let the games begin!

There couldn't be a more fitting cauldron lighter than Wayne Gretzky. He is a national symbol to our country, and he helps define our great country.

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What did you guys think of the Ceremonies. A whole lot of whining and hookinging over at you-know-where. Mainly about too much "Native" representation. I thought it was fantastic. Unfortunate the one column didn't rise, but great nonetheless.

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What did you guys think of the Ceremonies. A whole lot of whining and hookinging over at you-know-where. Mainly about too much "Native" representation. I thought it was fantastic. Unfortunate the one column didn't rise, but great nonetheless.
Agreed. I like how there was plenty of variety in the ceremony. Different kinds of singers, etc........

  

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I watched them on TSN. Some impressive graphic projecting on the stage area with the floor and mountains etc, that was pretty cool. The artistic choices seemed a little weird like the fiddle playing and tap dancing, the fat hippie guy towards the end with the lame poetry, some of those choices didn't exactly exemplify Canada or being a Canadian but instead like lucky audition winners getting their big shot at a dinner theatre performance. The opera singing seemed lacking in continuity with the rest of the show.

The torch lighting part inside BC Place was a failure of epic proportions when those arms didn't raise properly? How embarrassing! Fire somebody and whoever is standing beside them too! I don't know whose assigned torch didn't raise but I thought that they should have just walked over and shared one that did go up when it was time to light them.

The security escorting Gretzky down to the water seemed pretty bad too. Don't try to tell me all those people passed any kind of security screening. There were gang bangers and drunks with dirty Canucks jerseys on running right up to the truck yelling and slapping it with no cops between the vehicle and the crowd at all? I'm no security expert but i'm pretty sure that was a fail. If I was Gretz, I woulda been freaked.

Anyway, the winter Olympics opening ceremonies are not known for being as huge a production as the summer games so you can't fairly make that comparison. As far as the Winter Games go, that  was probably pretty good even though it looked like it fell a little short of a more grandiose vision.

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See the reason why the games brought us volunteers out there was to really use us guinea pigs! (We didn't have the "Drums", the flashy wands, we just had to pretend we did. (Although it would have made sense to actually see what such appartus would actually look like). They could have at least tested the arms of the cauldron, (without actually lighting it, They showed us the Aborginal Totums, and the medicine wheel, the Sacred grove, the Skiers, the dancing Fiddlers (Sarah McLaughan), and we waved our cell phones as "candel wands", to Lang, But Why not the Cauldron (they could have used standins for Hansen, Gretsky etc, as they did for the dignitaries, and the teams members). And people call ME CRAZY.

It's really sad that Nodar, didn't make it to the ceremony. They suspect that the sled run was made in a dangerous way.

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I thought the opening ceremonies were great. Really enjoyed the artists as well as the other performances, especially the one that depicted each region of Canada. I think Native culture is integral to who we are as Canadians and representing that was important as well. 

I thought the end, however, put a black eye on what was an otherwise excellent evening. You spend millions of dollars on these ceremonies and you can't get the hydraulics to work in order to raise the columns properly? It may have been different if it was a part of some performance earlier on, but lighting the torch is obviously an integral part of any opening ceremony. You simply cannot botch that. 

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There couldn't be a more fitting cauldron lighter than Wayne Gretzky. He is a national symbol to our country, and he helps define our great country.
I would of prefered Rick Hansen or the Fox family.  Wayne Gretzky is just a symbol that shows we love hockey.  Terry Fox and Rick Hansen are symbols of Canadians that impacted the lives of people across the world, plus BC natives.

  

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The Ceremonies were fantastic. I was moved to tears at parts, mostly the beginning.

Was anyone else kind of pissed at the NHL for putting the Flames against the ducks the next day so the two Captains of the Canadian Olympic team couldn't make it to the ceremonies. It's bs. I was hoping to see Iggy. At least Niedermayer, but nope. They need to be in Calgary getting ready for a game. %@#+ Bettman.

Was Brodeur there?

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Only current NHL player was Jack Johnson, he was granted permission by the Kings so he went. I was kinda glad no players were there it gives the spotlight to the other athletes, as the hockey players will grab it by tuesday.

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What did you guys think of the Ceremonies. A whole lot of whining and hookinging over at you-know-where. Mainly about too much "Native" representation. I thought it was fantastic. Unfortunate the one column didn't rise, but great nonetheless.

Do you want the honest response or do you want the "we are all Canadians and we know you gave it your best shot response" ?

I live in the States and we invited over several friends to watch it with us, the NBC montage that highlighted the USA-Canadian relationship was AWESOME in the beginning, many Americans know very little about Canada so it was very well designed for a foreign / American audience. The high-definition shots of the BC landscape were awe-inspiring and if the goal was to bring tourists from other countries - HUGE WIN for NBC for BC.

Our friends were informed, entertained and pumped for the games to begin despite the luge tragedy. The beginning shot of a snow-boarder in the mountains was also cool as the feed was handed over but after that well...

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I live in the States and we invited over several friends to watch it with us, the NBC montage that highlighted the USA-Canadian relationship was AWESOME in the beginning, many Americans know very little about Canada so it was very well designed for a foreign / American audience. The high-definition shots of the BC landscape were awe-inspiring and if the goal was to bring tourists from other countries - HUGE WIN for NBC for BC.

I saw this video, and enjoyed it immensely.

Of course, went to NBC and can't watch it because I'm a Canadian. Go figure...

Bonus points for whoever points to this video on youtube (or puts it there)

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My thoughts on the opening ceremonies were that it was absolutely fantastic. The Lights, Lasers (Lots of practice with them in GM Place I guesslaugh.gif) and Curtains were great. Combined with the Dancers and Aboriginal Performers it was awe inspiring. The Performances from Nelly and Brian, Sarah Mclaughlin, Ashley Macisaac and K D Lang were outstanding. Very fitting and heart felt memorial silences and references for Nodar.

However I can't believe with all the money spent and volunteers they didn't thoroughly test the Flame Calderon Spigots's Hydraulics. What a time for one of them to fail eh? Over all though it was a great Opening Ceremony and here is to a very safe, happy and historical Winter Olympic Games.

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