Published: February 25th 2010February 25th 2010
Today is the day!!! Janice gets to see her favorite athlete in person.. The stalker is on the alert....
Steve had an early flight, and we had to move to a new condo on Robson St. We were up and ready and waiting for Anita, our greeter, to get our luggage. We finally got all of our luggage out --there ia a lot of it--we were on our way. We went to The Bay to find the famous "Red Mittens"-to no avail. SOLD OUT!! We walked down Robson St. and did a little spending to help the Canadian economy.
The time has come--we made our way to the Pacific Coliseum to see APOLO!!! Our seats were in the 1st row in the upper level, and we could see everything. The women skated first in the 1000 m qualifying meet. They were pretty amazing--they go so fast , and they are sideways as they go around the corners. Crazy.
The men skated next for a qualifying for the 500 m. They skate in groups of four, and there were 8 heats. They go even faster than the women! Out came Apolo, and Janice almost hyperventilated. He is
an amazing skater--he is patient and then just pours it on!!! He was behind the other skaters, biding his time--and then WHOOSH-- he was off and in the lead! The crowd went crazy!!!It was so great to see him skate like that. Janice was on cloud nine!!
The last event was the women's 3000 m relay. What a crazy race!! The four teams start-Korea, China, Canada, and USA- at the same time, but all the other skaters are on the rink at the same time waiting for their turn. It is mass confusion for spectators, but not the skaters. One is skating and pushes the next teammate to get her started. They continue taking turns and skating very fast around and around the rink until it is over. It is over in less than 4 minutes!!!
BUT Korea was disqualified, so we got the Bronze medal!! Great fun to be there.
As we were leaving, we were right next to Shani Davis and JR Celski, long track and short track speed skaters! Very exciting!!
There are more photos below