Speed Skating at the Olympic Oval!
I was given a single ticket to attend the ladies short track speed skating event on Tuesday. I quickly accepted the offer but I headed to the event with a little bit of trepidation mixed in with my olympic excitement. How much fun could a sporting event be if you went on your own? The answer? TONS!
I got off the Canada Line and was immediately shuffled onto a shuttle bus by an extremely cheerful bus driver. He spent the 10 minute bus ride getting everyone laughing and excited about Canada, speed skating, and the olympics in general.
Once I arrived at the Oval, there were plenty of helpful attendants who led me through a very efficient security line up and then to my seat.
Once in my seat I realized I was sitting in front of one of the Japanese speed skaters' families. They had lots of flags and signs and were taking tons of pictures (they even asked me to take a picture holding up the Japanese flag!). Behind the Japanese there was a large group of Dutch fans all donning the same bright orange jackets. I also befriended a very nice German man that sat beside me.
My trip to the Richmond Oval was what I believe is the true olympic experience: different nations coming together to celebrate sport in a fun and friendly manner.