Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Venue Tours

Part of my role at the moment with the Olympics is to attend all the first round of venue tours. This has its ups and downs... ups are visiting indoor hockey/ice skating venues and seeing athletes practicing, downs are trekking across construction sites in heels, ups are being able to walk the luge/bobsleigh/skeleton tracks before the ice goes down, downs are being caught in blizzards on the top of mountain venues.
In the above photos that just look like snow, you might just be able to make out the half pipe for the snowboard event on the right and the ski jumping and mogal course for the freestyle skiing events on the left.
And, for something a little different... the Games mascot's were launched today, they are HILARIOUS!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

International Woman of Sport

So its been about 7 weeks since Chris left and its 3 weeks till I go to England to see him again. That is how I judge time these days!

Things in Canada are going really well. Some old colleagues from Melbourne and Doha have started with VANOC - Nick, Elia and Disco so have had a lot of fun helping them set up home and explore Vancouver. Also, my friend from home - Alex - came to stay with me for a few weeks before heading up to do a Whistler season.

With the Whistler season starting it has obviously meant that it has gotten REALLY cold down here in Vancouver. I think I am getting better and better at dressing for the cold, something I was struggling with for awhile, but really finding being cold all the time tough! It hasn't rained as much as I thought it would though... touch wood.

Attempted ice skating a couple of weeks ago with some colleagues and my director, Toru's, family. Was really good fun as I had never done it before. Elia was hilarious, he was trying it for the first time as well and was given a helmet by concerned staff working there.

Also, a couple of weeks ago, went and saw Beckham and LA Galaxy play against Vancouver Whitecaps. It was on of the worst games I have seen in my life and I can confirm that LA Galaxy are the antichrist of good football. Inspired though, last night was my last game in the VANOC football competition. We went out on a high winning 7-1 but unfortunately haven't made the finals. I couldn't get to grips with how much I played like a girl! Next sport for me is curling, am having lessons starting early next year and can't wait!