For the record, i am not personally an Olympic resister, i am a documentarian & an enthusiast of stories, international relations and winter sports. I am disheartened and flummoxed by some of the practices of the IOC and VANOC but feel engaging in respectful dialouge is key to finding common ground.
I am also an advocate of media democracy and also enjoy helping people who have a heard time finding coverage in the mainstream media find outlet for their concerns.
On November 20, 2008, I recorded the Olympic Resistance Network press conference including separate clips for remarks by Chris Shaw and Joan Morelli, at the Anti-Poverty Committee office in the Vancouver’s downtown eastside.
Outside of the VANOC worldwide press briefing, independent media maker Dave Thorvald Olson answers questions about the Olympics, protests, and tension between social concerns and international events.
He spiels forth about peace, pacifism, understanding, love of winter sports, copyright, rumoured riots, the importance of dialouge and respect and conversation. Also he briefly recounts his experiences covering Olympic Games from a grassroots point of view.
Thunderbird Arena on UBC Campus will act as secondary hockey venue for 2010 Vancouver Olympics and primary for Paralympics Sledge hockey. I took in a UBC collegiate match to see the improvement to the venue. Note the eco-friendly Olympia “Olympic Edition” ice re-surfacing machine and though there is a re-sizeable ice surface, games will be played on the smaller NHL dimensions rather than International size.