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02/14/2010

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.

TearsAt an afternoon press conference, IOC president Jacques Rogge fought back tears as he confirmed the death of 21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili.


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.

FearsAnti-Olympic protesters during the opening ceremonies.



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.

Cheers You know it's special when the crowd is taking pictures of the television. PVR people!

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