Celebrating the Opening Ceremony!

Real talk: I celebrate Olympic opening ceremonies the way most of America celebrates the Super Bowl. It's the thing I look forward to. It's serious business. I do not flip away during commercials, I do not stop paying attention during the parade of nations, and if you talk while it's on TV I will tell you to shut up. And maybe throw in some serious stink-eye.

Opening ceremony day is like my own personal national holiday, which is kind of a bummer when the rest of the world is intent on doing its normal thing. But thankfully, for this Olympiad, I'm working at one of very few places that understands. So, for this Olympiad, I actually got to celebrate!

The festivities started in the morning with a Team USA torch lighting ceremony at the Olympic Training Center, so that came with the added benefit of returning to my old stomping grounds and seeing some folks I hadn't seen since I left in December. :) There was breakfast, and then we went up to the roof and the U.S. Paralympic sledge hockey team lit the cauldron!

Then it was off to work. My hours during the Olympics are understandably bizarre, seeing as we have to compensate for an 11-hour time difference, so my shift was 10 a.m.-3 p.m. MT. It was awesome because, with the time difference, I started work smack in the middle of the opening ceremony. My assignment? Create a photo gallery!

Let me break it down for you. Opening ceremonies are my jam. The Winter Olympics are my jam. So making a photo gallery of a Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony as it was happening was just... indescribable. :)

The festivities continued at 5 p.m. that evening, with an Olympic celebration extravaganza in downtown Colorado Springs. I put in some extra time at work to hang around until 5, and then walked a block to see what was what and spend some time with some cool people. There'd been an Olympic celebration over the summer that I'd gone to, and this one was pretty similar. There were sport information booths and demonstrations (including snowmobile jumping), and a big screen where the opening ceremony would be aired.

It's things like this that remind me why I love the Olympics so much. It's that community, festival-like feeling. Everyone was decked out in their Team USA finest, drinking hot chocolate or vodka (da, Russia!), ringing cowbells and cheering. It's a unity and palpable excitement that you don't really get on this large a scale during any other time.

I, however, decided to leave after a relatively short time. Why? 1) It was cold. Much warmer than the negative temperatures of the previous few days, yes, but even after 45 minutes my face was going numb. I would've been miserable before the ceremony even started. And 2) I need to be able to sit and watch and concentrate and get emotional. So I headed home, scarfed down some dinner and snuggled up on the couch. And, let me tell ya, it was fabulous. And my thoughts on the ceremony will be a post entirely their own!

How did everyone else spend Opening Ceremony day? :)

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  1. Vodka?Lol,I`m not Russian at all,my mother is Altayan.I don`t drink vodka much times.There are also a lot of Russians who don`t drink vodka in big amounts like your propaganda tells you,lol.The ceremony was amazing.Sorry for not worked snowflake it wasnt anti america joke I hope.

    1. Oh I'm not saying all Russians drink tons of vodka! It's just that vodka is a very Russian thing, the same way borscht is. Hence its presence at a Russian-themed celebration!

    2. Borsht is Ukrainian soup,vodka is not good thing it is a national disaster.

  2. I did watch internet translation of the ceremony in my dormitory room.I distracted for go shopping one time but I did return quickly.I have sitting behind my computer with a hope that my country will not disgrace on the providing the ceremony.

  3. It is funny to see how some russophobic elements try to humiliate my country.
    1)Gay laws.Did you ever read this law?
    2)Russia is uncivilized country and Russians are subhumans.No comment.
    3)Terror threat.Now the terror threat is worldwide.
    4)Olympics corruption.Yes it is exist.Try to rebuilt a small resort town with the old Soviet infrastructure,corrupting authorities and terror threat.