September 01: Friends, Canadians, countryfolk ...

  • Posted on: 2 September 2008
  • By: Ivory Nova

Yesterday was the grand opening of the 2010 Olympic Volunteer Centre, which is in Squamish. To celebrate they were having a big parking lot party, and I was invited, as a representative of local athletes, to give a quick speech.

What? What's that you ask? Who else was invited to speak? Oh, you know ... the mayor, our MLA, a representative of the Prime Minister, VANOC executive vice president ... oh right, and me, 3rd year development skeleton athlete. Hmm ... I feel like I have been here before ...

Even better, I was was supposed to take the stage with a member of the silver medal-winning 1996 Olympic synchronized swimming team. At least then people could have looked at her shiny hardware, and listened to the wisdom of a veteran athlete. But she was unable to make it, and so yeah ... it was just me up there. I brought along my Excellence Level Canada Fitness badge, in case someone wanted to touch it ...

All in all, it turned out to be a fun day. I brought my sled for kids to lie on and I am pretty sure that there are now at least 50 more people to whom I don't have to explain what my sport is.

And Jason got a lovely hat.

Also, I think there might have been a reason I have heard nothing but "Michelle, stand up straight" from my father for my ENTIRE life ...

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