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Official Vancouver 2010 Olympics Thread!

The ticket system in place for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics is such that locals had first chance to buy tickets, based on a lottery system related to demand for each sport. The lottery round just ended Friday.

I dropped a potential $7000 on tickets, but won't find out how many tix I get for a few days.

Anyone else buy tickets?

More info:

Vancouver, BC — With only two days left in the Phase 1 Request Period of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games ticketing program, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) is advising Canadians not to wait until the last moment before requesting tickets. This is the public’s best chance to request tickets; the deadline is midnight, on Friday, November 7, 2008 (Pacific Time).

“Interest and new accounts have been increasing every day, and clearly Canadians are enthusiastic about attending the Games. Our data shows that they are taking some time to complete their requests and are building their ticket requests over several days as they consider their options with friends and family,” said Caley Denton, vice-president, ticketing and consumer marketing. “So with only two days remaining, our message is simple: this is your best chance to get Olympic tickets, so give yourself enough time and don’t wait until the last minute.”

“I hope that our Canadian Olympic Team will have stands full of cheering fans for all of the action. The Olympic Winter Games will have it all, and there’s no emotion like being there when it happens,” said Nathalie Lambert, a four-time Olympic medallist in speed skating, and chef de mission for the Canadian Olympic Team for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Japanese pumpkin-head snowboarder Kokubo epic fail In response to the numerous complaints over his appearance - his shirt was also untucked and his tie was hanging loose - Kokubo was told to apologise before the media.
He did so, saying he was "reflecting on" the way he had dressed, but managed to worsen the furore by sarcastically dragging his words out.
The Ski Association of Japan reacted furiously and wanted to put Kokubo, who is competing in the half-pipe competition, on the first plane back to Japan.
Seiko Hashimoto, the head of the Japanese delegation, managed to have the punishment reduced to a ban on taking part in the opening ceremony and a second public apology.
At the second time of asking, Kokubo appeared before the cameras with a more serious demeanour and said, "I am sorry for causing trouble for so many people. I feel great responsibility for that."
He then gave a formal bow. Needless to say at the competition he fell and smashed his nose. Very Happy
The sixth day of Winter Olympic competition in Vancouver was rife with incredible performances including Germany's Maria Riesch capturing Womens' Alpine Skiing Super Combined and Christine Nesbitt claiming Canada's third gold medal, though Evgeniy Plyushenko’s loss in Figure Skating will once again have many talking of the judging criteria in the sport.

The big shock of the evening or at least one that will have those in Figure Skating debating judging criteria again, saw Evan Lysacek of the United States (257,67points) edge Russia's Evgeniy Plyushenko (256,36 points) for the gold medal and Japan's Daisuke Takahashi (247,23 points) the bronze. After winning the short program on Tuesday evening, Evgeniy Plyushenko's free skate graded out lower than Evan Lysacek by 1.86 on technical merits, despite being clean and once again raising issues of grading criteria. Controversy is never far from judging in Figure Skating and these Olympics will likely see some changes on how jumps, the quad in particular, are considered, foreign media reported.
I thought that the Russians landings were kind of rough compared to Lysacks smooth as silk landings. That seemed to be the biggest difference between the two.
jwellsy wrote:
I thought that the Russians landings were kind of rough compared to Lysacks smooth as silk landings. That seemed to be the biggest difference between the two.

I agree.Plyuschenko was much worse this time.Previous Olympic Games he was showing real "champion's"
skating.This time he looked weaker and unsure about what he was doing.No wonder he had a big gap in his training,divorced,worked as a show skater and so on.Others were preparing for the Olympics.
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