VANCOUVER 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS | PHOTO ESSAY :: THE GAMES END ::: «DADDY, THIS SURE IS A HAPPY TOWN!»

«IT SURE IS. BUT COME MONDAY, IT’LL BE A VERY SAD TOWN.»

– American tourists on Davie Street, 27 February 2010 (the night before the Games ended)

I started my 2010 Games Suite with a photo essay about how Vancouver looked the night before the Olympics began, and I thought I’d end with another photo essay about how the city looked and felt the night before it all ended.

The little American girl was right: Vancouver was one very happy town for the duration of the games. There was a feel-good vibe everywhere you went. I have to echo the following comment:

2010 VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS | THE AFTERMAATH :: LOBE AND MAIL THE GOLDEN GAMES

The mascots were a huge hit after all (they received a rather lukewarm reception when they were launched in 2007). Mukmuk as the Games’ first “virtual mascot” is my choice for Best in Show.

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The hordes of volunteers on the streets made Vancouver an especially inviting and friendly city. Three cheers (“Hip Hip Hooray!”) to all of you!

The late Leo Obstbaum and his team created one of the best Look of the Games identity programs ever for an Olympics. Vancouver never looked so good.

The venerable Hudson’s Bay Company (ironically now owned by Americans) made a fortune on its Olympic apparel. (I think one in three people on the streets during the games were wearing their Canadian Olympic gear.) And then there were those iconic red mittens that even Oprah coveted.

The surge in national pride is something that I’ve never witnessed before. Sure, we Canadians put our maple leaves on our backpacks when we travel abroad, but for a nation not known for its overt patriotism, this was something entirely new.

And then there were the Olympic-sized performances by the world’s best athletes. designKULTUR doesn’t cover the world of sports, but rather, the graphic representation of their world:

Perhaps the best thing about Vancouver 2010 was how the people took to their streets. VANOC must be applauded for its superb Cultural Olympiad that provided so many things for ordinary (i.e. those who couldn’t afford tickets to the Olympic events) folk to do. Music, theatre, public art, dance … there was something for everyone. And most of it was “free.”

New friends. Good times. Good vibes. “Loving you is easy, Canada!”

Now the post-Olympic blues set in. Olympic withdrawal? Who’d thought it possible just a month ago?

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