Colleen Jones: My first day in Sochi
My first day in Sochi!
After lots of talk of non-stop rain, I came prepared in my very best Nova Scotia rain slicker, boots and sou'wester — only to be greeted with gorgeous sunshine, palm trees and even petunias.
I was making my way to the International Broadcast Centre — or IBC as it's known — on the trusty bicycle I brought with me. I love avoiding the media shuttles and getting some exercise at the same time.
Anyhow, this time, I got totally and joyously lost and I went on an adventure around the ring of steel and the Olympic venues that are inside the Coastal Cluster — a collection of five ice sport venues. It is a marvellous set up with the Olympic Village just across the street from it all.
I saw team Canada's home at the village from outside the fence and it is decorated with lots of maple leafs and flags. Commuting will not be an issue for any athlete here.
On my day of getting lost, I saw some of Sochi's famous stray dogs and got stuck in security with hundreds of performers heading to the opening ceremonies practice.
When I finally got to where I needed to go, I bumped into Patrick Chan, the gold medal favourite in men's figure skating. I'm thinking I should get lost more often — you never know what you'll stumble on.
As the athletes arrive from around the world, the talk has shifted from the huge $50-billion price tag of these Games and the threat of terrorism to actual sports.
The big question is whether Canada can keep the Vancouver momentum going. Let me throw the old cliché — time will tell.
In the meantime, I'm hoping to be able to keep my Nova Scotia rain gear in the closet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed the Sochi sunshine and swaying palm trees remain the backdrop of these Olympic Games!