Thursday, February 14, 2008

All In Good Fun

The reasson etre (and forgive my lame attempt at spelling of reasson etre, I barely can spell in english let alone french) for us being in Whistler is of course the two year countdown to the 2010 Olympic Winter games. After riding Monday's coaster of DOOM, Tuesday provided a bit of fun for all of us at the CTV Broadcast Center. We are located at the Village Square, center piece for the Countdown celebrations.

Perry, Steve and Tamara, during a tech check

There has been entertainment on the main stage every day. Our close proximity to the stage has made for some interesting sound dynamics when audio checking or worse, going to air, but it has also provided us with the opportunity to enjoy some of the festivities.

Usually at around 3:30 the entertainment begins. The crowd gathers and fun ensues. As part of the Olympic Flavor of the event, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Mascots make an appearance. They have been an instant hit with the kids. They hang around for about 30 minutes or so, having pictures and hugging the children that are passing by.

CTV Olympic Producer Allison Redmond, Quatchi and CTV National Reporter Lisa LaFlamme

I have to confess, when the mascots were unveiled I was less than impressed. But I have to remember that these creatures were made for the kids, and well they kinda grow on you.
With the appearance on Tuesday some of our crew took advantage and posed for a few shots.
It was all in good fun.

CTV Floor Director Jimmy Walsh smiles with Olympic Mascot Quatchi

Sumi the Olympic Mascot with CTV Special Events Producer Joan Marshal

Paralympic Mascot Meiga with CTV Photographer Steve Hughes

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