18th March 2010

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It’s a rough day! Two words: green beer. I’m finally legal and got to have some on St. Patty’s which was pretty exciting. It wasn’t exciting to see the green throw up outside my trailer. Hopefully whoever spewed it will clean it up by the time I get back from work!

It’s been staying very, very slow at work. Even though it’s still games time, our crew is doing such a good job combined with a lack of snow, I don’t get very many, if any phone calls during the day. I’m just looking forward to Sunday! Last day of work and then I’ll go snowboarding Monday and hopefully go to Victoria on Tuesday. Then I’m off on Wednesday for Atlanta.

I’ve had a great a stay here in Whistler and I’ve learned so much about being a contracted company in a huge event like the Olympics. All I can think about, though, is my bed at home! Soon enough!

13th March 2010

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This morning has started very early. 4:30AM to be exact. My alarm went off and I could have sworn it was someone calling me, not my alarm to actually get up. It’s just unnatural. Backstory: my co-worker works 6 to 2 everyday and in order to give her a chance to go snowboarding, I switched shifts with her. As far as getting up at 4:30, the bus to work is at 5AM. Rough. Very rough.

Anyhow, today is the first day of competition! I’m excited to get a break and watch some of the games on the t.v. in our office. Although the games aren’t the same, I’ve already been inspired by just working in the athlete’s village, so I can’t imagine what the effect will be by watching these athletes in competition.

For the past couple days, it hasn’t stopped snowing. Normally, I would think that that wouldn’t be a bad thing. I’m used to Atlanta snow; meaning, it will fall and be beautiful, but it will be gone in an hour. Wrong. This snow just doesn’t stop! It’s still beautiful, but it isn’t gone in an hour. I’ve never seen snowflakes so big and so many of them! It’s absolutely insane. It really sucks for our workers. Cleanevent is responsible for shoveling snow at entrances and pathways. When the snow doesn’t stop, then they don’t stop and it’s hard to give them breaks. They all do very well even though it’s not a great job.

With the snow comes many phone calls. Most of them have to be diverted to the company that uses bobcats and machinery to clear snow. There’s the rare few however that make it through.

Today, as it’s early and I’m going to try to keep myself awake, I’m going to try to build some snowmen. I just need to find my USA gear to make it an American snowman!

Here are some pictures I took yesterday of the Athlete’s Village. It was an absolute blizzard!

11th March 2010

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10th March 2010

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It feels weird to be back at work again. I just had 4 days off! It was like a mini vacation. I went to Vancouver Saturday and came back Monday. The girls and myself had a little 21st birthday celebration. Word to the wise, never celebrate a 21st birthday in Canada. I never once got asked for my i.d.! Oh well, it was still extremely nice to be in a hotel for a couple days. Who knew how much you take for granted walking from the bathroom to your room without shoes? Obiouvsly, I took it way too much for granted.

Now that I’m back at the athlete’s village, I’ve started to walk around and observe everything that has changed. Every place that once housed the Olympic rings, now houses the Paralympic symbol. Instead of seeing Olympians walking around, there are many athletes in wheelchairs and on crutches due to being an amputee. What a difference and a sight to see. A couple weeks can really change a whole village. There’s also another set of security to keep the workers who are living in the village out of the entertainment buildings.

It’s still pretty slow. Only a couple of phone calls a day compared to some venues that have received close to 100 phone calls a day. I’m sure once the Paralympics start the phone calls will start coming in but not enough to get worried about.

I’ll make sure to bring my memory card with me next time so I can post pictures!

4th March 2010

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It’s finally started to slow down here now that the Olympics are over! The last of the athletes and coaches moved out yesterday and we’re now preparing for the start of the Paralympic athletes and coaches to move in tomorrow.  Workforce is also starting to move into the athlete’s village tomorrow. It’s kind of lame because I think it takes away from the athlete village experience to know that workforce is also living in the same accommodations. I’m excited to meet some of the Paralympic athletes. I know their stories are going to be so inspirational and uplifting. It will also be interesting just to see how the atmosphere changes in general when switching from the Olympics to the Paralympics. I’ve already seen how different they are from each other. I never knew that the Paralympics don’t use the Olympic rings as a symbol. The look department has to take down anything that says “Olympics” or has the Olympic rings. The merchandise stores have to clear out all of their Olympic specific merchandise as well. So anything with the rings or the word “Olympic” has to go to clear room for Paralympic merchandise.

This weekend should be fun. We finally have a couple days off in a row so myself, Lexi, Nikki, and Kate are heading to Vancouver. We’ll also be celebrating my 21st! Should be great. I’m excited to see how it looks in Vancouver for the Paralympics as Vancouver is the main hub of the Olympics/Paralympics. I’ll make sure to take tons of pictures and post them!

26th February 2010

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26th February 2010

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Pour ma soeur.

Pour ma soeur.

26th February 2010

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Here is the life size moose in front of the Canadian housing.

Here is the life size moose in front of the Canadian housing.

26th February 2010

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These past couple days have been very tiring. I can’t believe that the Olympics are almost over! I’ll be sad to see the JW interns leave because that means that the grunt work is back on me, but I’m interested to see how the games change when the Paralympics start.

Here at the village, I’m still learning everyday. I spoke to one of the managers of the merchandising tent and he explained the licensing for the USA uniforms. For example, Ralph Lauren had the uniform rights for the ceremony parade, Nike has the podium rights, etc. I also got to hear from some guest speakers from the IOC and NOC. They had bundles of information to share that I know will help me in my career.

I’m pretty excited for next week. I should be finally heading to Vancouver. I was supposed to this week but it didn’t end up working out. I hope the USA Olympic gear is on sale since the Olympics will be over.

22nd February 2010

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Sitting at work wearing my USA foam cowboy hat representing the team that kicked butt last night!!! It was very exciting to be watching the game surrounded by the few USA fans and mostly Canadians when the buzzer went off and USA won! As I work with mostly Canadians who told me that USA didn’t have a chance of winning, it’s been great wearing this hat around.

As far as work goes, I still can’t get over being here. The atmosphere in the Village is so relaxed and everyone is so willing to chat for a little. I’ve been able to meet so many people that I never would have thought I would ever get the chance to meet. I’m also very excited because I’m going to Vancouver tomorrow! My boss, Cherylee, got me and another intern, Blaire, tickets to the medals ceremony at BC Place tomorrow night, so we’re making a day of it and seeing all of the Olympic happenings in the heart of Vancouver.

Besides just social life, I’ve had classes every couple of days. I’ve enjoyed having guest speakers come in to speak with us about the industry and things they’ve experienced. The wealth of knowledge that I will be taking away with me is tremendous. I’ve learned about contracts, how important relationships are, how important timing is, etc. I’m learning more and more everyday. Now when I go to certain places I have the mindset of someone in the industry instead of the fan’s perspective. For example, I got to go to the medal’s ceremony last night (and saw Bode Miller get his gold!) but I kept thinking, the set up of this venue is not acceptable. It’s only standing room (in a cold outside amphitheater), there is a huge control stand that blocks out the view from most of the venue, and it can get incredibly crowded. When we saw OneRepublic perform after the ceremony, I couldn’t believe how much pushing was going on. Many people leave after the ceremony instead of staying to watch the concert; so while people are pushing to get to the front to see the entertainer, people are pushing to get out of the venue. I loved seeing OneRepublic but I kept thinking there had to be another way for crowd control.

I’m interested to see how it will be handled for Usher. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get to see him Saturday!