Sunday, February 21, 2010

National Dance Company of Korea

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

I'm not much into theatre or dance, but this performance was actually great. The dancing was so crisp and, each dancer was in sync with the music, and each other.

Essentially the story's about 2 star crossed lovers, and the difficulties they face in being together. So pretty much they fall in love, the emperor gets angry and tortures the girl, the guy finds out, imprisons the emperor, and the two lovers are reunited.

It's this story but SO much more descriptive and vivid through dance. At times it could a bit confusing because no one actually talks, but the stellar movement and visuals really make up for a lack of understanding.

So You Thjnk You can Dance could take a few pointers from Korea's National Dance Company.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Breaking News! You can NOW buy the Olympic Norweigan Curling Pants

Hello Olympic Viewers!

I have amazing news. I've found a website that sells the Norweigan Curling Pants.

Yes my friends. You can now buy these pants. They're pretty much golf pants, and they have different variations, including shorts, skirts etc.

But the originally Norweigan Curling Pants are actually amazing.

They're $90 bucks, but TOTALLY worth it. This is my early birthday gift.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

VICTORY CEREMONY- Maelle Ricker takes Gold!

My First victory Ceremony.


Clapping.Cheering. Standing up. sitting down. Listening to various national anthems. Paul "Wait who?" Brandt. it was quite an interesting night.

Highlight of the night was definetely seeing Maelle Ricker, Gold medalist for Women's Snowboarding, receive her Gold medal. The crowd went crazy. Maelle Ricker cried. We sang 'O Canada', a song which I love, and that I haven't had a chance to sing in quite a while.

I would also like to comment, that the silver medalist for Alpine Skiing, Julia Mancuso, wore a tiara when receiving her medal. In all honesty, it just looked tacky. This isn't a beauty pageant, this is a victory ceremony for the WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES. I was hoping she would take the darn thing off. She didn't.

Anyone know Paul Brandt? He's this country singer from Alberta. I had never heard of him before, and I was quite pleasantly surprised by him. While I was not into any of his songs (or country music in general), he had a very good voice. I was dissapointed going into the ceremony, because I really wanted to see Nelly Furtado or perform. We got Mr. Brandt here, from Calgary. Over all, not bad...especially for a country singer.

Well, this was my first victory ceremony (and hopefully not my last), and I gotta say it was a blast.
Now I leave you all with this final question:
Who was the best performer at the 2010 Victory Ceremonies?



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Men and Women's Downhill Skiing

Monday-5:00 AM- Dark Cold Morning

Boarded the bus to Whistler. My first trip EVER to Whistler! It was a long ride but definitely worth it. The Olympic park was amazing. It was huge!

Technically, I am suppose to be the interviewer. But I became the interviewee When Steve, the official correspondent for the Whistler event approached me and started talking to me on camera.

I have to say, I was quite nervous. He asked who I was rooting for. Obviously Canada. Instead of actually answering, I just gave a nervous life and said I was rooting for the person in 1st. He laughed too.

I realized how stupid I sounded after wards though.

There were some really RANDOM countries too (IE. Brazil, Greece). Poor guys. Greece came in last for Women's downhill skiing.

My somewhat psycho Greek dad will be disappointed to hear this.

But I mean, where would a country like Greece even TRAIN for Downhill skiing? How often do they even get snow there? If any at all.

That's what I want to find out before the Olympic Games are over. How do tropical countries participate in these Winter games. Maybe they build their own artificial mountains made out of cookie dough. Mm. Yum. that'd be nice.

Men's Curling- What the spectators think.

So today the first session of Men's Curling- Round Robin took place. Having never watching Curling before, the sport was completely new to me. I took a moment to interview spectators from different countries. The videos will be up shortly.

Final Scores:

Sweden 6-4 Great Britain

Canada 7-6 Norway

Germany 7-5 United States

Switzerland 6-5 Denmark

Canada and Norway went into over time. It was intense... well for curling, that is.
In general everyone was pretty subdued during the entire event.

Here are some pictures of the match- Due to VANOC restrictions I cannot show the pictures of the athletes actually playing. But here are some Non- Action shots:

Monday, February 15, 2010

My Interview with Spandy Andy

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Spandy Andy. I wasn't able to upload the interview onto my computer, but it finally worked.

Who is Spandy Andy?
Spandy Andy is a street performer in his early 20's who dances around Yaletown and on the corner of Granville and Robson.

I must say, I am a fan of him. When I interviewed him he was very friendly, and he taught me some dance moves. If anyone can pull off neon spandex, it's Mr. Spandy Andy.

Since this was my first interview, I was shaking. Sure this guy was no Michael Phelps (HE WAS ACTUALLY BETTER) or some big athlete, but i was still nervous. And I usually don't get nervous, so this was definitely something big.

Here is my Interview with him! Thanks to my fellow reporter, Emily for filming it and saving my interview with a question when I got stuck. Also, if you want to check out Emily's blog go to - You can also see the blogs of all our reporters.

Women's Finland Vs. Russia- An Epic Tale

Yesterday, at UBC Thunderbird Arena, Finland was able to "Finnish"(See what I did there?) Russia. Mind you, it wasn't as bad as Slovakia's lost to Canada, 18-0, but still.

The final score was 5-1.

Going into the game, I went on cheering Finland. Why exactly? Not really sure. I knew Finland had a stronger record, so I guess that's why.

Russia, by a stroke of luck, managed to score the first goal, in a very vague referee call. At first, the teams seemed pretty evenly matched. As the period went on however, Finland managed to score 2 goals. Don't ask me who scored, the names were all foreign (and actually pretty cool).

In the 2nd period, you could tell Russia was suffering; The former Comi's got served. Stalin couldn't save them.

You really should've seen the Finnish and Russian spectators. They went crazy. One Finnish fan insisted on starting "The wave" every few minutes. It got old really fast. An obese man decided to take off his shirt when the camera panned towards him. He then proceeded in throwing his shirt to the other spectators. You would need to PAY ME to touch that shirt. I couldn't tell what was worse; Him or the Russian's game play.

By third period, Finland was still going stronger, and Russia just seemed to slow down. Finland scored two more goals before the end of the game. Let me just note that Finland, while a strong Hockey team, was not amazing; Rather, Russia was terrible. You could count the number of passes they made.

This, my friends, was my first hockey game. I am not a hockey fan. However, seeing all the fans and hockey fanatics, and the rather amusing foreigners, I did get quite into the game. Still not a hockey fan though.

I did manage to interview a Finland fan. She was extremely energetic and comical. Her name was Barb, but she said you could call her "barb wire". I forced a smile. Gotta make the people think they're funny, even if they're not.

She was from somewhere in the interior of BC.

My Interview with her will be up shortly.

Over all, for my first event, it was pretty great!