Thursday, February 18, 2010

Day 6

The photos of the day are of a bit of a behind the scenes look at the beginning of a press conference with USA women's downhill silver medalist Julia Mancuso and gold medalist Lindsey Vonn. I was at the back of the room and took a quick photo.

The second photo is of me in my Olympic Volunteer uniform in front of the Blackomb ski lift with my niece Kyla Jeffrey of Vancouver.

Hello again to the middle school students at Lincoln Middle School, Ecole Golden Gate and Ness Middle School. You have been asking about the opportunity to go to events.I am not stationed at any of the Games venues and I did not buy any tickets to any events so I will not see any competition in person. However, today I did attend a press conference with USA women's downhill silver medalist Julia Mancuso and gold medalist Lindsey Vonn.

The internal Olympic Broadcast Service shows live feeds of all the events. I am able to see all of the events as there are many big screen TV's throughout the media centre. When I am working in one of the areas our jobs is to control the remote for all of the TV's...sweet.

The official languages of the Olympics are French and English and almost all the people that I deal with speak some English. As volunteers we are paired up with at least one other person that is bilingual. I have asked one of my teammates from Quebec to contribute to my blog and they will be writing in French in the next couple of days. At all of the press conferences there are translation services available for the international media.

Go Canada!!


  1. Dear,
    Mr.Weston i was just wondering if even though you don't go to any of the events do you still see some of the athleats walking around

    skyler from Lincoln middle school

  2. Lincoln Middle SchoolFebruary 18, 2010 at 6:52 AM

    In the summer, I was in Whistler. The hill beside the main information building and where you buy tickets for the Peak to Peak Gondola and Ski Lifts was actually dirt and was a major attraction as there were many mountain bikers going down it. Is it covered in snow and do people ski down it?

    Grade 6
    Lincoln Middle School

  3. 7-15 Lincoln Middle SchoolFebruary 18, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Dear Mr. Weston,

    There has been a lot of media coverage about the protests going on in Vancouver and around the Olympics. Have you seen any of the protests that the media is reporting? We were also wondering if you have been to any of the medal ceremonies, or seen a medal up close? We were all very excited about Maelle Rickers gold medal- have you met her?

    Thanks for the information and pictures from the Olympics! GO CANADA!!!

    Lincoln Middle School

  4. 6-2 and 6-3 from Ness Middle SchoolFebruary 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Mr. Weston,

    Thanks for the update. Ness was wondering if your niece had tickets to any of the events? We were also wondering how much of your time is spent volunteering and how much time you have to yourself? What is there to do in your free time around the Whistler Village? Are all of the volunteers from Canada or are there some from other countries as well? Did you know any of the other volunteers before you started?
    Thanks again! Canada Rocks! (and so does Ness!)