Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Celebration Weekend




The XXI Olympic Winter Games officially opened here in Vancouver on Friday. The city is Alive! Streets were filled with enthusiastic locals and visitors. J & I were glued to the TV to see the proud moment of Wayne Gretzky lighting the final torch. All weekend, we watched the fireworks from our balcony and took in the atmosphere. If only they had fireworks display every weekend, I can get used to this! Saturday was Chinese New Year celebration Potluck with J's family. Year of the Tiger, I consumed like one! I'm not too familiar with Chinese astrology, but I know this is going to be a good year :)

Valentine's Day was spent watching the pair short program figure skating event. The feeling of being at an official Olympic venue on our own turf was really something. Cheers for Canada was the loudest and the dearest.  My favorite couple has to be the husband & wife pair from China - Shen/Zhao (first pic). I loved the crisp sound of blades piercing the ice as they perfectly land triple loops. Synchronized by skating together for 18 years, you can feel the love and passion. They came back to compete as the oldest competitors after retiring 2 years ago. Their story is truly amazing and not only did they win GOLD, they claimed a new World Best!  We took more than 1000 photos. Here are a few of my favorites:






53 comments:

janettaylor said...

The day sounds so perfect. :-)

By the way: Love Ur scarf

Oh and please don't forget to join the newest giveaway by Claudia. Amour collection of button is simple amazing. Don't you think?

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Alexandra said...

Those are some amazing shots and im just loving the mittens :)

Jess ♡ said...

Gahh I'm SO JEALOUS. I love love love figure skating, if I only could get tickets to the event... your photos definitely make up for it. China's amazing skaters and their stories are just so heart breaking though :) Thanks for sharing and YAY YOU GOT THE MITTENS!!! I have two pairs now.. hehe... whoops :P

Alien said...

Very nice pictures, I want to watch Figure Skating!!!!!
ps. very cute mittens and scarf :)

ko0ty said...

That's a wonderful story! I'm so proud that two Chinese pairs won gold AND silver though... China must be going crazy!

"Zhao admitting to an upset stomach because of the Canadian food." -- I wonder what she ate. =P

Denise said...

wow amazing photos.

am watching the Olympics on our television and look at you, you're witnessing all these live. enjoy!



I am Denise Katipunera

Jen said...

awww looks like you had a super fun weekend! :) i'm so envious of those pictures you took of the pair skaters. i wish i had a chance to check out the winter olympics in real life! you captured some really fantastic shots.

Emilie said...

Great pictures!
Love your scarf!
x

Fashion Meets Food said...

amazing shots! Sounds like you had a fabulous day! I love your mittens! Just came across your blog, and I love it! You have awesome style! :]


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Couture said...

Lovely gloves!

Judith
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What Was I Thinking? said...

Go Canada! It's amazing that you got to go an event.

And that was a clever observation on all the red ;)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

What a great weekend! I love the photos of the ice skaters. That is definitely my favorite part of the Olympics!! :)

daisychain said...

wow, jealous!

em.me.ma said...

oh i love figure skaters!<3

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SHAMEEN said...

figure skating is one of those sports which i would love to enjoy watching and doing..sadly, i am not a fan of balance and bravery..but u are so lucky to be even watching this

Jaime said...

Fun! I love all the action ice skating photos.

I went to the Torino games 4 years ago.. I am posting about it tomorrow!

princesspolitico said...

i cannot believe how crisp and professional your photos are! so very jealous that you got to experience it first hand!

xo.
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Jen said...

Wow! I LOVE ice skating so very much - it's such an elegant, creative sport. Sounds like you had tons of fun!

Friend in Fashion said...

You look so cute! I've been watching the games on television - looks amazing :)
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P.S. have added you to my blogroll :) xx

StuddedLilly said...

sucha awesome blog! love your style and here i am glued to the tv watching figure ice skating all night long :)

xo

Fashion Therapist said...

You're so lucky you got your hands on those mittens. They're the hottest olympic item!

Jessica Mai : said...

Great pictures!

Figure skating is so poetic and beautiful.
I badly want to attend an event, but just being in Vancouver right now is amazing enough.

GO CANADA!!!
PS: I took 100+ photos in the last few days too.. :)

XO,
Jess Mai

her waise choice said...

great photos! definitely jealous that you got to attend an event! great scarf too.:)

I am from around the UBC (point grey) area actually! But I'm currently in Langley to attend a little private university there. So I guess there is a good chance that we've seen each other around :D

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MizzJ said...

Ooh lucky you to get to see the event! Love your mittens, have you seen the stuffed Muk Muks where he's wearing them too? So adorable.

libys11 said...

aaahhh... i'd love to see the figure skating competition live too!!! wow!! :D thanks for sharing the photos! :D

¶ Michelle said...

red = lovely! lucky you! Next year I'm going to Canada and it'll be my first time to see snow! so wowee, I really want to see ice skating!

augustalolita said...

looks like so much fun!! i love the red gloves!! you look super cuute :)

happy chinese new year!!

The F Word Online said...

hey girl, sorry i've been mia - exams and vacays have been consuming my life for a little while. also, thanks for taking the time to enter my giveaway :) how jealous am i right now that you get to be at the olympics ?? it looks like a blast !

xx lue

Niki B. said...

i'm so jealous you got to go to an event! that's awesome! i've been hitting up the figure skating practice sessions.

cherie said...

watching the olympics must be amazing and the story of the chinese pair that won the gold is so touching. great photos :)

KIRAFASHION said...

It is really amazing what those ice girls can do...sometimes I get nervous only to watch it at TV...I am always afraid of them falling...however, It never happens...true beauty!

Kisses and kisses,

Kira

Jess said...

oh lucky girl!!! it must be amazing to be in vancouver right now. go canada!

VersaStyle said...

sooooooooooo exciting!!! Oh Canada!!

sharonlei said...

Great photos!! I love watching figure skating.. it amazes me how graceful they can be on the ice. I've never trying ice skating, but I'd imagine a lot of falling down would occur. :)

xx Love & Aloha.

Electro Geisha said...

Im not much of a sports girl, but ice skating I will watch - religiously!
Must be thrilling to have Olympics squad in your town :)

Nicole Marie said...

how cute love your gloves!

Marz said...

Love your outfit and I love the Canada gloves. You are very lucky to have gone to one of the games :)

FashionJazz said...

U look gorgeous hun!!! I am soo behind on blogging, missing everyones blogs alot : ) Hope u are having a fabulous wknd! xx

Mary Jane said...

you look so adorable wearing those mittens!!! hihi
my gosh! some of those photos are scary!!! such dangerous stunts over ice! id be screaming my brains off if i was in their place! i guess thats why im not an ice scater :P jaw dropping pics...

Chloe said...

I am very jealous of u right now

Erin said...

Just happened upon your blog and I think it's gorgeous...I've been reading through your posts and I love them all! I have been glued to the Winter Olympics this year...I'm not usually a sporty person but there's something about the snow that makes it okay!

Love love love,

Erin

xx

betz said...

you look so chic. these photos made remind me of my impossible dream of becoming a figure skater.

xx,
betz
http://herarmoire.blogspot.com

Dexter said...

The Olympics are fascinating so far, you're so lucky to be sooo close :)

Aney said...

Oh, you're so lucky to be there! The past weekend has been amazing with all the events - olympics, v-day, and cny! I hope you had an amazing time :)

Froso said...

I loved all ur looks!

Call Us Mesdemoiselles said...

wow great pictures! go team canada go!

clouds of tulle said...

Eh. i know i'm late, but i just wanted to say that I'm also VERY HAPPY that Shen/Zhao won gold. =)

do you get emotional watching figure skating? i do. =P

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Floortje said...

Wauw how cool is that?
You were at the olympics!
P.s. I love your blog!

The Owl's Closet said...

looks like u had a blast! wish i could have seen the figure skating event in person. so lucky!

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amisha said...

That's a wonderful story! I'm so proud that two Chinese pairs won gold AND silver though... China must be going crazy!
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Holly Sanders said...

OMG Ice skating is beautiful! I love it! That lady in the black dress! I want that dress!!

Meryem said...

Lucky u!

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