February 27, 2010
The end is near and it's too soon to sum up what's just happened.
Of course all the focus here is on the U.S.-Canada hockey game Sunday. It's a frenzied scene. I spent time in Vancouver tonight and every conversation involves the game, it seemed. It also seems most of the people not from Canada are rooting for Canada. As depicted by a group of Japanese people all wearing "Crosby" jerseys. It's huge. Imagine your favorite football team playing in the Super Bowl, but everyone in America was rooting for your team. To Canadians the hockey team is the New Orleans Saints. If they don't win — hey I'm rooting as hard for America as anyone, including my boy Ryan Miller — no one will show up for work Monday. I'm serious.
But it's been a couple of long days at Cypress Mountain. What the crews were able to do there was amazing. Imagine putting on world class events on a Mountain that had no snow. It looked like Steamboat in late April, early May and maybe even June. There was no snow around.
The last two days were especially tough. I've never seen it rain so hard in my life. I've never worn clothes and been more wet. But it's the Olympics and the events went on.
Spring, err, Winter Olympic conditions at Cypress Mountain
Saturday's parallel giant slalom course. I promise there is a course there.
It was so rainy in Cypress the press area's roof was leaking everywhere. No worries, a coat rack and trash bags can save the day.