Have you read any of these articles in foreign newspapers deriding the Vancouver Games as the 'worst Olympics ever'? I have met plenty of Olympic fans in the past while, and the most number of games any of them have attended is 15. While that is quite a few (CBC's own Steve Armitage has covered 'just' 13), there have been several dozen more than that over the years, 21 Winter Olympics alone. So worse than Squaw Valley? Worse than St. Moritz? Short of producing a 110 year old sports nut who has attended every one, this sounds to me like so much journalistic hyperbole. Hyperbole in journalism? Say it ain't so!
Of course, an event like this is bound to create a certain amount of grousing, from the big questions like whether the Olympics is money well spent in the first place right down to whether the Bratwurst at the German Beer Garden is as tasty as promised. Some complaints have even brought 'results'. So I wondered - on the streets of Vancouver - do Olympic revellers have any other other complaints about these games. Some surprising responses. Thumbs Up