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PHOTO ESSAY: Canada Welcomes The World to The Vancouver 2010 Olympics


This is the 2nd of several Vancouver 2010 Olympics photoessays created by Kris Krüg.

Vancouver is filled with energy now that 2010 Winter Olympic Games has officially started.

The last week has been filled with the excited fervor of the last month and anticipation of the upcoming weeks.

Here is a photographic look into the last week of adventure and celebrations, before the officially opening of the Games in Vancouver.

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The Olympic torch was carried downhill on the Blackcomb mountain by world champion and olympiad Steve Podborski. Steve won a bronze medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Currently he is part of the VANOC and works within International Relations.

 

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Premier Gordon Campbell seemingly is Canada's number one fan. Campbell has travelled around Canada for the entire length of the torch relay. Here he is handing out coveted British Columbia Olympic pins to fans at the Whistler Torch Celebration.

 

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Vancouver is part of the Coast Salish territories and has a Four Host First Nation welcoming committee as part of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Willie Lewis, dressed in a traditional Aborginal outfit, was part of the Whistler Torch Relay Celebration.

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Static Photography had the chance to hang out in Whistler for the weekend with Chris Wheeler who had been following the torch relay through all of Canada. We had the chance to do some zip trekking with him! Our longest run was 2200 m. :)

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The Olympic Torch had an extended route through all of Vancouver with the relay going through all of the neighborhoods in Vancouver. The Vancouver city council accompanied by Mayor Gregor Robertson welcomed the torch when it came to City Hall

 

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Vancouver Olympiad Lori Fung, with her gold medal, was present when the Olympic Torch came to the Vancouver City Hall. Fung was the first gold medalist awarded in the sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics during the 1984 Summer Olympics which were held in Los Angeles, CA.

 

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Iain Black welcomed the public to the opening of the VX Forum in Vancouver, BC. Black is Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development in Canada and is pictured here with Nadia Nascimento and Dave Olson of Invoke Media which is the parent company to twitter-based application Hootsuite.

 

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This is the first Olympic Games where people are full-on involved with technology and the internet. Many fans often have out their own cameras to capture their memories themselves. With this sort of documentation present for the Vancouver Winter Olympics, some of the best Olympic news coverage will be coming from the internet!

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There are many different pavilions popping up all over Vancouver with all sorts of awesome installations and displays. This is a touch screen graffitti media installation in the DigiBC part of the BC Pavilion. Here one of the creators is having fun creating some interactive art.

 

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Mayor Gregor Robertson has been a very busy man during the preparations for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Here he is outside of the W2 Media and Culture House in the DTES. He was the speaker at the ribbon-cutting of this independent media house which opened to the public.

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The beautiful Olympic Athlete Village sits on the waters' edge of the False Creek. There was a bit of controversy when the athletes from Australia hung up their official Aussie flag, which is a copyrighted image. Despite some grievances with the IOC, Vancouver fought to keep the flag up!

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Bombardier, the company who designed the Olympic Torch for the Vancouver Winter Olympics, also designed the Olympic Line, a train that runs from the Main Street Skytrain Station to Granville Island. Bombardier has given Vancouver two of their streetcars, on loan from Brussels, Belgium. The Olympic Line is a 60 day demonstration project so get a ride while you can! 

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Visitors have been packing into Vancouver from all over the world for the 2010 Winter Olympics. This group of women associated with Ukrainian team were photographed on their way into the Opening Ceremony on February 12th. 

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Another type of visitor that has been sighted in Vancouver is the increase in public security, with the influx of police from other provinces. These police officers are in fact from four different Canadian provinces! 

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It was very exciting to watch the crowd gather for the Opening Ceremony at the German Saxony House. The place was packed with locals and visitors for the three hour televised event. Of course, everyone went nuts when the Canadian team was ushered into BC Place. 

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The biggest secret of the 2010 Winter Olympics was the identity of the person who was to light the final torch in Vancouver during the official welcoming of the Games. Wayne Gretzky ended up carrying the torch from BC Place to the final outdoor giant torch at Waterfront station in a great fanfare. The night ended with a fireworks-filled sky. 

 

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games have only just begun. The city of Vancouver has ahead of it three weeks of events and celebrations!

This is only the beginning so make sure to check back for more photographic recaps from Static Photography! 

In case you missed it, here is our first photo essay about 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Thanks to Vancouver Access, Culture at the Olympics and the LA Times for republishing our first 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics photo essay!

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Olympic Torch Relay – Day 106 – Downtown Vancouver


Today is the last day of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.

I had the pleasure seeing the torch up close and being passed on right in front of me, along side so many Vancouverites and Olympic fans..

“The Olympic Flame has a sacred history and symbolizes the principles of peace, brotherhood and friendship,” notes VANOC (the Vancouver Olympics Committee), and is “a 45,000 kilometre journey across Canada that will unify the country and build excitement for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.”

According to VANOC, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics torch relay is “the longest in history to be contained within the Host Country.”

Vancouver 2010 Olympics Torch Relay Statistics

Some interesting statistics, provided by VANOC in a media kit released in October, 2010.

  • 106 days long (October 30, 2009 – February 12, 2010)
  • 187 community celebrations
  • 1020 communities and places of interest, including
    • 115 Aboriginal communities
    • 20 places of interest
    • 14 Canadian Forces Bases and Canadian Forces Stations
  • 90% of Canada’s 32 million population (about 29 million) will be within one hour’s drive of the relay route
  • 12,000 – number of torchbearers
  • 45,000 – total kilometres traveled across the country
    • 18,000 – total kilometres by air
    • 1,000 – total kilometres by water
    • 26,000 – total kilometres by land
    • 100 – approximate number of different modes of transportation used along the way

The sheer length of the relay within the host country (with no international legs included) is what has distinguished it from previous Olympic torch relays.

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Riding in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay


Wow…I’m still beaming from what happened early this morning. I never expected to get ‘into it’ like a lot of people have been but I now ‘get it’ after witnessing first hand what the Olympic Torch relay means to people.

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This morning I had the privilege of doing a ride along in a GM support vehicle for the relay.

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These guys have the tough job of keeping all the relay vehicles going as they drive across the country and back. This morning, our driver was Art and he has the enviable job of driving in the ‘parade’ of vehicles and coordinates repairs along the trip. This can include finding the nearest dealership to source parts or a repair bay to doing simple fixes on the road. Art seemed to love every minute of it though. You’ll see why in my photos – so many excited people of all ages cheering and smiling as we drove by.

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We were behind the Coca Cola ‘float’ trucks that had music blasting while dancers handed out drinks to the crowd:

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Our vehicle was nondescript – it had no official markings other than a sign on the windshield. As we drove past the cheering crowd we heard them shout all kinds of things including “Rockstars!” and “Hey look it’s the CSIS truck” and my favorite “who are those guys?”.

We still felt compelled to wave back as the energy from the crowds was incredibly infectious.

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So many kids were possibly more excited than on Christmas morning had braved the cold and waited for the Torch to come by.

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and finally, what the crowds were waiting for:

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I made a little video to give you an idea of what it was like to drive in this crazyiness:

A HUGE thank you to Art, Alex, Jim, Michael and everyone at GM for allowing me to be a part of this….it was pretty special.

Here’s a slideshow of all the photos I took during the relay ride:

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PHOTO ESSAY: BC Preps for Opening of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics


This photo essay originally posted over at Kris Krüg‘s Vancouver photography blog Static.

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are upon us and things are heating up around Vancouver. You can feel the energy in the city as all the last minute details are pulled together for this huge event. The team at Static Photography has been out and about making photos of all the action and we have pulled together some of our favorites. You can find more Vancouver 2010 photos than you know what to do with here, but for now check out this first week of February in Vancouver with the Winter Olympic Games just around the corner.

Speed Skating Lessons in Prince George, BC

We got a tour of Prince George, starting first with speed skating lessons from the speed skating youth team. These kids are fast!

Sled Dogging in Prince George British Columbia

These cute dogs were part of DogPower which gave us a dog-sledding tour through Prince George.

Sled Dogging in Prince George British Columbia

Rebecca Bollwitt, otherwise known as Miss604, was up in Prince George for the winter adventures. Rebecca is a Vancouver blogger who will be covering the Olympic Games.

Sled Dogging in Prince George British Columbia

Dog-sledding was a great way to travel the back country of Prince George.

Snowshoe Adventure in the Ancient Rainforest - Prince George, British Columbia

Prince George has a huge ancient forest with trees that are hundreds of years old. Static Photography’s Kris Krüg had a chance to prove his strength by holding up this fallen tree.

Snowshoe Adventure in the Ancient Rainforest - Prince George, British Columbia

The ancient forest in Prince George provided a great canopy for the long winter hike.

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The Prince George Coldsnap Music Festival showcases some of the best in Canadian musical talent. The Great Lake Swimmers were at the festival this year, headlining the main night.

BC Cup Cross Country Skiing - Prince George, British Columbia

The BC Cups #2 Cross-country Skiing event happened took place in Prince George. This event was all ages and the competition was strong even in the snowfall.

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The Torch was traveling through Prince George in its journey through Canada. This is the passing of the Olympic flame from one torch bearer to another torch bearer, which is called a ‘kiss’.

Prince George, British Columbia Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay Celebration

There was a festive torch celebration when the Olympic flame was brought Prince George. The entire town was a captive audience when the Prince George cauldron was light by the Olympic flame.

Prince George, British Columbia Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay Celebration

Premier Gordon Campbell is obviously the Olympics biggest fan and has travelled around the country following the torch along its journey.

Richmond Skating Oval - Vancouver 2010 Olympics Venue

The Richmond Oval is a venue that was built specifically for the Olympic Games. This venue will hold the speed-skating events.

Vancouver 2010 Olympics Hockey Venue - GM Place

GM Place will be renamed Canada Hockey Place during the Olympic Games. All of the hockey events will be held at this venue during February.

Beatty Street Mural Coming Soon

Many changes have taken place in Vancouver during the preparation for the Olympic Games. A long standing Beatty Street mural was covered in the prep but is being repainted by local Vancouver artists.

CODE Live 1 at Great Northern Way - 2010 Cultural Olympiad - Vancouver, British Columbia

For the first time ever in Olympic history, the Cultural Olympiad has a digital edition called CODE. Rae Hull is the Creative Director of CODE, which is has four parts, Canada CODE, CODE Screen 2010, CODE Motion Pictures and CODE Live.

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This is the CODE Live 1 at Great Northern Way Campus in Vancouver. Wang Yuyang is showcasing his media installation Artifical Moon, which illuminates the entryway of CODE Live 1.

Fire with Fire - artist Isabelle Hayeur - 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad - W2 Woodward's - Vancouver, British Columbia

The 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad has some public art installations around the city. One of these art installations is Fire with Fire by Isabelle Hayeur and is located in the W2 Woodward’s building.

Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

The 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad has curated over 60 days of arts, theatre and dance performances. The opening weekend showcased Elizabeth Streb’s show Streb: RAW with its amazing acrobatic feats of human flight.

Snowboarding in Whistler Blackcomb with Tourism BC - Whistler, British Columbia

We spent the weekend in Whistler with Tourism BC. Chris has been making videos while following the Torch through its journey of Canada.

Snowboarding in Whistler Blackcomb with Tourism BC - Whistler, British Columbia

The Peak to Peak Gondola takes you from the top of the Whistler Mountain to the top of the Blackcomb Mountain. This was part of our snowboard adventure with Tourism BC.

The Vancouver Winter Olympic Games will officially be here in the city in less than a week. We can’t wait to see what Vancouver has in store when the Games are finally here!

Definitely make sure to check back for more photo essays during the month of February!

Here is a slideshow of the images from this photo essay. Feel free to share this on your blogs and your networks under a Creative Commons license. Please make sure to link back to Static Photography!

Thanks!

Speed Skating Lessons in Prince George, BC

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are upon us and things are heating up around Vancouver. You can feel the energy in the city as all the last minute details are pulled together for this huge event. The team at Static Photography has been out and about making photos of all the action and we have pulled together some of our favorites. You can find more Vancouver 2010 photos than you know what to do with here, but for now check out this first week of February in Vancouver with the Winter Olympic Games just around the corner.

Speed Skating Lessons in Prince George, BC

We got a tour of Prince George, starting first with speed skating lessons from the speed skating youth team. These kids are fast!

Sled Dogging in Prince George British Columbia

These cute dogs were part of DogPower which gave us a dog-sledding tour through Prince George.

Sled Dogging in Prince George British Columbia

Rebecca Bollwitt, otherwise known as Miss604, was up in Prince George for the winter adventures. Rebecca is a Vancouver blogger who will be covering the Olympic Games.

Sled Dogging in Prince George British Columbia

Dog-sledding was a great way to travel the back country of Prince George.

Snowshoe Adventure in the Ancient Rainforest - Prince George, British Columbia

Prince George has a huge ancient forest with trees that are hundreds of years old. Static Photography’s Kris Krüg had a chance to prove his strength by holding up this fallen tree.

Snowshoe Adventure in the Ancient Rainforest - Prince George, British Columbia

The ancient forest in Prince George provided a great canopy for the long winter hike.

codsnap-music-5760

The Prince George Coldsnap Music Festival showcases some of the best in Canadian musical talent. The Great Lake Swimmers were at the festival this year, headlining the main night.

BC Cup Cross Country Skiing - Prince George, British Columbia

The BC Cups #2 Cross-country Skiing event happened took place in Prince George. This event was all ages and the competition was strong even in the snowfall.

Prince George, British Columbia Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay Celebration

The Torch was traveling through Prince George in its journey through Canada. This is the passing of the Olympic flame from one torch bearer to another torch bearer, which is called a ‘kiss’.

Prince George, British Columbia Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay Celebration

There was a festive torch celebration when the Olympic flame was brought Prince George. The entire town was a captive audience when the Prince George cauldron was light by the Olympic flame.

Prince George, British Columbia Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay Celebration

Premier Gordon Campbell is obviously the Olympics biggest fan and has travelled around the country following the torch along its journey.

Richmond Skating Oval - Vancouver 2010 Olympics Venue

The Richmond Oval is a venue that was built specifically for the Olympic Games. This venue will hold the speed-skating events.

Vancouver 2010 Olympics Hockey Venue - GM Place

GM Place will be renamed Canada Hockey Place during the Olympic Games. All of the hockey events will be held at this venue during February.

Beatty Street Mural Coming Soon

Many changes have taken place in Vancouver during the preparation for the Olympic Games. A long standing Beatty Street mural was covered in the prep but is being repainted by local Vancouver artists.

CODE Live 1 at Great Northern Way - 2010 Cultural Olympiad - Vancouver, British Columbia

For the first time ever in Olympic history, the Cultural Olympiad has a digital edition called CODE. Rae Hull is the Creative Director of CODE, which is has four parts, Canada CODE, CODE Screen 2010, CODE Motion Pictures and CODE Live.

CODE Live 1 at Great Northern Way - 2010 Cultural Olympiad - Vancouver, British Columbia

This is the CODE Live 1 at Great Northern Way Campus in Vancouver. Wang Yuyang is showcasing his media installation Artifical Moon, which illuminates the entryway of CODE Live 1.

Fire with Fire - artist Isabelle Hayeur - 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad - W2 Woodward's - Vancouver, British Columbia

The 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad has some public art installations around the city. One of these art installations is Fire with Fire by Isabelle Hayeur and is located in the W2 Woodward’s building.

Streb RAW - Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

The 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad has curated over 60 days of arts, theatre and dance performances. The opening weekend showcased Elizabeth Streb’s show Streb: RAW with its amazing acrobatic feats of human flight.

Snowboarding in Whistler Blackcomb with Tourism BC - Whistler, British Columbia

We spent the weekend in Whistler with Tourism BC. Chris has been making videos while following the Torch through its journey of Canada.

Snowboarding in Whistler Blackcomb with Tourism BC - Whistler, British Columbia

The Peak to Peak Gondola takes you from the top of the Whistler Mountain to the top of the Blackcomb Mountain. This was part of our snowboard adventure with Tourism BC.

The Vancouver Winter Olympic Games will officially be here in the city in less than a week. We can’t wait to see what Vancouver has in store when the Games are finally here!

Definitely make sure to check back for more photo essays during the month of February!

Here is a slideshow of the images from this photo essay. Feel free to share this on your blogs and your networks under a Creative Commons license. Please make sure to link back to Static Photography!

Thanks!

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