Tears, fears and cheers
Randy Risling / Toronto Star
As the resident video guy, I often get the same assignments as the Star photogs, or at least cross paths at some point during the day. Opening day at the 2010 Olympics was no exception. A roller-coaster ride would best describe the day for me but I will probably remember the sad bits more than the happy. And that makes me sad.
From time to time I will share some video frame-grabs, the odd still, and hopefully embed a video or two. In the future, I'll try and post material from behind the scenes - so let me know if there is anything you would like to see.
The fear of protesters disturbing the games came to fruition as thousands marched downtown. Like a neatly packaged oyster, I spent the first couple of hours between the police and protesters. If you have never shot an event like this, just try and imagine yourself trying to paint a picture in a mosh-pit...in the pouring rain.
I have to tell you that standing in the pouring rain at an anti-Olympic protest is kind of a bummer. Especially just after covering the death of a young athlete that dreamed big.
Walking back to the hotel in the rain, I wondered if I had missed the opening ceremonies until I heard an eruption of cheers pouring out from every pub, club, shop, and restaurant in downtown Vancouver. I quickly jetted inside a pub to see what the fuss was about and witnessed perfectly good strangers high fiving each other as Clara Hughes proudly waved the maple leaf. I didn't step foot inside B.C. Place last night but at that moment, I had the best seat in the house.