Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010

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Hasta La Pista, Baby

SPORT ALPINE SKIThe Olympic torch relay just got bigger, much bigger.

At 106 days, the pre-Vancouver Winter Games run weighs in as the longest domestic relay in Olympic history and to help get it across the finish line… Arnie is back.

Famous for his ‘I’ll be back’ and ‘Hasta la vista, baby’ catchphrases in the Terminator films, Arnold Schwarzenegger, now Governor of California, is nipping over to Canada to flex his pecs with a torch run through Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park.

The former Mr Universe and Mr Olympia champion is the only heavyweight on a list you could describe as more Kindergarten Cop than Conan the Barbarian.

Singer Michael Buble and retired professional hockey player Richard “King Richard, Kermit” Brodeur are among the names, which arguably lack a bit of A list grandeur.

A taste of the Olympics in downtown Vancouver

With a few days to go before the start of the Winter Games, your intrepid reporters Kevin Fylan and Sonia Oxley took a stroll round downtown Vancouver to get a taste of the true Olympic spirit.

Click on the video above (or the headline first if your on the home page) and see just how much we enjoyed this tiny gastronomic tour of the city. Really, it’s been a slice.

Rogge gives Vancouver preps seal of approval

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It’s Superbowl Sunday but believe it or not, not everyone is thinking Saints v Colts. With just five days to go before the start of the Winter Games in Vancouver, IOC head honcho Jacques Rogge chaired a meeting of the Executive Board this morning and we caught up with him — briefly — for his view of how things are shaping up.

Click the video above to hear the IOC chief’s view. As you might expect, he sounds pretty happy…

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow … please!

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There’s less than a week to go before the Olympics and everything is in place here in Vancouver … apart from one rather essential element.

Eight-page pull-out newspaper supplements on Team Canada’s gold hopes in the hockey? Check. Wall-to-wall curling on the TV? Check. The world’s friendliest volunteers scurrying aboot and shouting “Hurry hard!” at the slightest provocation? Check.

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