- Sunday, February 28, 2010 12:34 PM
- Written By: Vantastic Voyage
After a whirlwind trip, we are safely back home and slowly integrating back into real life. Sadly, our normal lives don't consist of numerous discussions about curling, doping or skiing, but we do have the wonderful opportunity to finally watch NBC after almost two weeks of Canada's CTV coverage! In the end, this trip has given me a nearly infinite amount of precious memories. I'll never forget meeting Michelle Kwan, or hanging out at the Red Bull house, or even running almost a mile across the city to make a meeting at the Russia House!
Morgan: Upon reflection, one thing about our trips stands out in particular: Canadians are VERY hospitable! Everywhere we went I was extremely impressed with how helpful and welcoming the Canadians were. They went out of their way to give restaurant recommendations, directions and even their place in line. When we were leaving the hostel at 5:30 a.m. the gentleman working at the front desk of our hostel (which was not quite a 4 -star resort) offered us water and toast. This was impressive since 5:30 was before breakfast hours.
Despite having CAN-A-DA chanted in my face many times over the course of our 10-day stay, I still find myself speaking very highly of the Canadians. I even find myself cheering for the Canadians -- when Americans aren't contenders, of course. Tricia: After attending the first 10 days of the Olympics in Vancouver, I've watched NBC's coverage the past few days from my home in northern Virginia. I immediately noticed several contrasts between watching the Games on television versus being a live attendee. For example, as a spectator at a live hockey game, I experienced the patriotism of each country and especially that of the host country, Canada. On television, the commercials bombarded the Olympic experience!
I also noticed a significant distinction between the continuity. As an attendee, I got to see a whole event from beginning to end, and I had the sense that I had fully experienced that event. As a television viewer, the program feels disjointed, because they jump from event to event, although one does see more of a lot of different events in a relatively short time.
Lastly, I recognized the depth of cultural anecdotes presented by Bob Costas and other NBC correspondents. NBC also displayed some cool technical effects, such as digitally superimposing video of skiers or bobsledders who had traversed the same course at different times, thereby providing a direct visual comparison, so that one could see how two athletes compared to each other.
For me, the most important part of attending the Games was the opportunity to interact with the sports personalities and sports business people. No way I could have done that from my couch. I would like to express my deep gratitude to George Washington University for affording this priceless, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Vancouver Olympics.
-- LAUREN LAS, MORGAN GOERKE, TRICIA GROMADA