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The Winter Olympics are coming to Vancouver and I was just wondering... 
21st-Oct-2009 11:43 pm
CdnHockey
Poll #1474663 Olympics

If you lived in a city where the Winter Olympics were being held, and there was an event which you wanted to see, would you rather:

Go see it live, even though your seat for the event didn't give you the best view of it
36(43.4%)
Stay home and avoid the crowds and watch it on a big screen hi-def tv
25(30.1%)
This would never be a choice for me because there's no Olympic event that I'd ever want to see
16(19.3%)
Something else (what?)
6(7.2%)
Comments 
22nd-Oct-2009 06:52 am (UTC)
Well, the winter olympics would NEVER come to my town because I live in Houston Texas/Fullerton California, but I've been ENAMORED with the winter olympics for years now. To see an event (most likely figure skating) live is on my "bucket list." I'd so go see it in person. Once in a lifetime opportunity~!
22nd-Oct-2009 06:58 am (UTC)
The 2010 Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver, 40 miles east of where I live. I'm debating whether to go to anything or not. Tickets are pricey, but available. However the crowds and the traffic will be nuts, and the good seats to the events cost thousands. The seats in the average person's price range aren't that great and I'm debating whether I'm crazy if I pass up this once in a lifetime opportunity, or if I'm smarter to stay home, save my money, avoid the crowds and watch it on a big screen tv where I am sure to catch all the action.
22nd-Oct-2009 07:07 am (UTC)
Is there a particular event that you really, really want to see?
22nd-Oct-2009 07:11 am (UTC)
Hockey for sure. Other events interest me somewhat, but definitely hockey.
22nd-Oct-2009 07:14 am (UTC)
I can understand that, certainly.
I would think about the absolute most money you can spend, or that you are willing to spend and get the best ticket you can for one event. Taping at home, of course.
22nd-Oct-2009 06:57 am (UTC)
If anyone from whatever country I was living in at the time managed to do well in said event, I have no doubt there'd be 500 replays of the exciting bits so I wouldn't miss anything by going to see it live.

I'd have to really, really want to see it to cope with the crowds, though.
22nd-Oct-2009 07:55 am (UTC)
The Olympics came here (Salt Lake City) in 2002 and it was easily one of the best experiences of my life. It was my senior year of high school, and we actually got free field trips to Olympic events. Awesome! My family also bought tickets to a couple of events. They were expensive, but well worth it. There was a ton of free stuff to do, too, including parades, concerts, etc. I tried to do as much of it as I could. Such an incredible experience. I was hoping to be able to go to Vancouver for next year's Olympics, but I won't be able to make it. I highly encourage anyone with the opportunity to go. It's an amazing experience!
22nd-Oct-2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
This would never be a choice for me because the Olympics would never come to Bumblefuck nowhere.
22nd-Oct-2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
But when they come to Fargo, you can come here and see them!
22nd-Oct-2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I only watch one event but it's part of the summer games. I say not live because it's about four hours each day for three days.
22nd-Oct-2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
I agree with those who don't want you to miss a chance of a lifetime! I know Vacouver is going to just be a total mess, but plan ahead and have fun!
22nd-Oct-2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not a sports fan though I do like watching athletics sometimes. However... I lived for 14 years within spitting distance of a big sports stadium, so I'd rather leave the area than go to an event!
22nd-Oct-2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
You really can't beat the atmosphere at live events, even if your view isn't quite as good. I've actually been vaguely toying with the idea of going to Vancouver next winter. It probably won't happen, but I like the thought.
22nd-Oct-2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
I'd definitely go see it, as the chance doesn't come around all that often. Then again, I'm a total Olympics whore.
22nd-Oct-2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
I totally want to get to Van for the olympics but it's not in the cards. I'd die to see the Men's Hockey.
22nd-Oct-2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Men's hockey is what I'd want to see too, but I'd be just as stoked to see women's hockey, especially if Canada and the US were playing for the gold again.
22nd-Oct-2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
That's true, and at least with the women's team, there's a greater chance of seeing a win, plus tickets to see them are a lot cheaper.
22nd-Oct-2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
I wish I could go to Vancouver. Hell, I'd go stand outside to watch bobsledding, but ala, tickets to Vancouver from Montreal aren't cheap... neither are hotels, tickets to events, or food.
22nd-Oct-2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
The winter olympics would never come to San Francisco because it never snows here. The summer might, although the city would have to get its shit together to build a bigger stadium for such a purpose, and local politics and economic crisis won't let that happen for quite some time.
22nd-Oct-2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
If my memory serves me correctly (and it usually doesn't), weren't the winter olympics once held in the politically incorrectly named city of Squaw Valley, California once? How far is that from San Fran? And isn't Salt Lake City as far south as San Fran? (I realize I should be consulting an Atlas instead of asking you, but my point is, Winter Olympics in San Fran are possible.)
22nd-Oct-2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
They're really not possible here, flat out. The Winter Olympics rely on having snow and ice, and we very rarely ever get that.

Squaw Valley is up at Lake Tahoe (that's 200 miles from SF due northwest, a 3.5 hour drive) and up in the mountains (elevation 6000-9000 ft). Salt Lake City is about 200 miles north of San Francisco, and its elevation is 4200 feet, about. San Francisco has a max elevation of 900. There isn't any chance of snow of the sort that is required.

This map is an example of where snow generally falls in the state.
23rd-Oct-2009 09:02 am (UTC)
you know , I would go to a public viewing sot but not in astadium or so. I wonder if they put up public viewing spots when it is the olympics though. since the only thing I can relate to is the football(soccer for you US peeps) world cup and i didnt go in any stadium(lol tickets werent exactly easily available anyway) but there was a lto of public viewing spots .(like a square in Hamburg with a huge canvas on which the matches was shown
25th-Oct-2009 05:20 am (UTC)
I went to the Summer Olympics in Atlanta (1996) the crowds were awful, we had to wake up at 4am to get to the train to ride down and be there at 6am. It was hot, humid, and our seats weren't the best for the events we went to.

And after all of that being said, I would totally do it again, tenfold.

It was a lot of fun, and something I can tell my daughter I participated in. I even loathe the heat and crowds.
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