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Sightseeing and stories

Original post made by John Naber on Feb 15, 2010

Today was a recovery day, as we eased out of bed for an afternoon of sightseeing. The pleasant surprise was having lunch at USA House with Mike Eruzione. Mike was the Captain of the 1980 Miracle on ice hockey team, and he was in Vancouver a part of Vice President Biden's delegation. He told us some great stories, including being in the Vice-Presidential caravan and being rear ended by a Royal Canadian escort vehicle. Figure skater Peggy Fleming and bobsledder Vonetta Flowers had to visit the hospital in case of internal injuries. They're fine, but he joked with Vice President Biden that the State Department better have lots of insurance.
Running off to catch a shuttle from the Hyatt to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, I forgot my shoulder bag with my Olympic tickets, lapel pins and every important paper I own. We jumped off the shuttle after one stop, and ran all the way back to the hotel just as a bellman was bringing the bag to the Concierge. Boy, do I feel fortunate.
Sightseeing is great here, because the people are so friendly. They seem to enjoy hosing the Visitors, and love to trade Olympic pins as well. So far, I have made about 50 trades.
On our way back, we stopped at the outdoor Olympic cauldron, to take pictures. It is traditional to hold your arm in front of the flame, as if the torch was in your hand. This flame is really five different flames, so we had to make an adjustment.
Back at USA house, many gold medalists are showing up to watch the coverage of the day's events. Today there was another gold for Team USA. Seth Wescott defended his Olympic title when came from behind in each of his races, and proved the race is not over until you cross the finish line. (Duh!) Tomorrow, I go see if Seth's US teammate, Lindsey Jacobellis can join him in the winners' circle. I believe she will.

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