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Olympics Starting in Vancouver, BC, Canada Now!

Sitting here in bed with my laptop while I wait for the opening of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC.


Everywhere I went today the olympic frenzy was heating with up with red olympic sweaters and mittens being sold by the hundreds, and likely by the thousands across our great country.

Winter and Canada go hand in hand. Heck, many of us grew up learning how to skate and ski when we had barely mastered the art of walking.

I remember my youngest son Rob, learning to skate when he was barely 2 yrs old. He refused to let anyone hold his hand and help him on the ice. Instead he wanted to master it on his own.
He would take a few steps on his skates, fall down and get right back up again and take a few more. I watched from a few feet away and it was all I could do not to try and help him.
If I dared try, he would shake my hand loose and scream 'no, I don't want any help!'.  The very first time he was on skates he had taught himself how to skate within a few hours. It was the same when it came to snowboarding.

This is the spirit that champions are made of. Sheer determination to master a sport no matter what.

Tonight, as the olympics are about to begin, I wish for all of the athletes, from the world over, the very best performance they have ever given. Stay safe and have fun.

I wish you all could win gold medals.

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Comment balloon 40 commentsJo-Anne Smith • February 12 2010 08:38PM


Congratulations Jo-Anne and all of Canada. 

I am watching the opening ceremonies and they are stunning.

Posted by Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington, Kentucky Homes for Sale (Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky) over 9 years ago

Jo-Anne I'm watching as I'm writing.  I just saw the Georgia team go by and they looked so sad. What a tragedy! I was hearing earlier only the 4th time in Olympic history.  I'm glad they went ahead and walked and are going to participate.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

By the way what a beautiful opening ceremony.  We went to Whistler a few summers ago and our daughter became enthralled with their artwork.  I instant messaged to see if she was watching and she was.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Congratulations to Canda for what looks like a spectacular event - and Like Marchel I just saw the Georgian delegation go by - what a tragedy indeed, so painful to watch them. and only 8 in the delegation to start.

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 9 years ago

They certainly are would be wonderful to be there in person!


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


It's a tragedy beyond young and filled with so much hope.  I've always thought the luge was dangerous and often wondered why there weren't more accidents. My heart goes out to his family and country.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago

Our prayers will be with his friends and family throughout this time of heartache and tragedy. 

Posted by Connie Hall (All Brokers Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Thanks for your post.. Nice to have everyone see our city.. opening ceremony was great.  Flags at half mast, very appropriate..

Posted by Darren Revell (Keller Williams Realty Temecula Valley) over 9 years ago

Jo-anne it was an excellent but what was so cool and so very Canadian was the unannounced journey by Wayne Gretzky taking the torch outside and traveling on the back of a pickup truck to light the cauldron outside the international media centre.

By the way the announcers kept referring to the cauldron as being at False Creek. The location is on Burrard inlet.


Posted by Bob Dunn (Sutton Group West Coast Realty) over 9 years ago

How exciting to witness this event. Let's keep all the participants in our prayers for there safety. I am following this event through the media.

Posted by Niema Thomas, CDPE, SFR, MBA (Century 21 Beachside) over 9 years ago

Ahhh.... I fell asleep half way through - Thank goodness for the invention of the DVR or for some of you Tivo!

Posted by Barbara Kornegay, Wilmington NC Real Estate, Homes (REMAX Essential) over 9 years ago

Jo, we will all have to stop blogging to watch. Setting some time aside today to enjoy. I'll be thinking of you and Liz Moraz as we enjoy all the sights and events! I missed the opening events! Came home so tired and laid down to rest thinking to get up. Never made it back up! I agree that they should all win gold medals just for getting to be there and compete! Let the Games Begin!

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) over 9 years ago

Jo-Anne I thought about you last night as I was watching the ceremony.

I always think of my Activerain family when I hear news that is about their city.

So tell me are you going to attend any of the events?

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

Jo: Fab' opening ceremonies. Loved it. You MUST be so proud. I would be.  I'll be watching as much as I can. 

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) over 9 years ago

Wish I was there. Vancover is one of my favorite cities. I will be rooting for the Canadians along with the US.  

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTORĀ® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 9 years ago

That was some awesome opening ceremony. It is a great achievement and honor for the city to host this marvelous event.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) over 9 years ago


"This is the spirit that champions are made of. Sheer determination to master a sport no matter what...." and I know where this spirit shines =) Congratulations on your featured post...on the quality of your blog...and on the Games in Oh Canada!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 9 years ago

Hi Jo, My heart too, goes out to the family and team mates of the young man from Georgia. What a horrifying thing to have happened. I wondered about the flag when they raised it at the opening ceremonies, if they would fly it at half mast. Glad they are, it is appropriate.

I wish all the atheletes safety, and the very best in their competition!


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) over 9 years ago

I was so impressed with the opening ceremonies JO - I thought of you immediately - the poetry and dance and theatre and art of it all (the effects were breathtaking).  Oh Canada - you should be so proud :)



Posted by Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM (F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate) over 9 years ago


It's a very sad beginning to the Olympics. The luge now has such a shadow cast over it and I think everyone is leary of it a bit now....even though they've but up some barriers of some kind to make it safer.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago

All Brokers,

thanks for stopping by,


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


Vancouver did a great job on preparing for this event.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


I kind of thought it would be Wayne Gretzky.....did you?


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


I'm hoping that everything goes well from here on with no more accidents.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


It did end quite late....I was able to stay awake until the lighting of the outside torch.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


I've been watching it off and on....perhaps watching the recap every night will keep us up to speed!


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago

Hi Missy,

Thanks for thinking of me, but I live in Ontario, a 4 1/2 hour plane ride away from the Olympics in BC so I won't be able to attend any of the events except on TV!


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


I thought they did a beautiful job with the opening ceremonies much of the culture of Canada was covered and the music was wonderful.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


I believe that most Canadians will be cheering USA on right behind Canada....go USA and Canada, GO!


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


aww, you're the best. I hope you kept warm today when you were out walking in the snowy forest!


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


My wishes too.....especially that they all stay safe.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


They were very beautiful and I have no doubt that if they had of been in the USA, they would have been equally impressive....there is so much artistic talent!


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago

Joe - Barrie and I watched the opening ceremonies last night ... what a treat. There were some wonderful performances by some great artists.  There will be some sad memories for many as a result of the accident.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 9 years ago


I watched last night and I'm watching as I type toniight.  What a wonderful opening ceremony.  I am waiting for Canada t owin their first medal.  Go Canada.  Go USA.

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) over 9 years ago


Cool!  Isn't the Olympics an amazing testament to the human spirit!  It starts out young, as Rob showed you.  It happens each and every day, even when there are not medals being given out. 

Thanks for sharing the excitement. 

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Goodness, Jo, I am out of the Rain for a few days and miss your wonderful Gold Star!  I have been watching the Olympics and was sure you were enjoying them.  I, too, am glad they made the luge safer--it was a tragic beginning but the Opening Ceremonies were spectacular as well as the events I was able to see.

BTW, thanks for the "check up" call--you're so sweet!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 9 years ago


I'm glad you had a chance to take in the opening ceremonies....I hope the weather co-operates for them and there are no more accidents.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


I'll have to check the medal standings after I type this message to you...go Canada and the USA!


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


The human spirit is truly amazing....and you're so right.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago


I'm so glad to see you back online and blogging. I hope you're feeling better today!

Talk with you later this week,


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 9 years ago

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