Monday, March 1, 2010

The Vancouver Games: A Gold in Drinking

The city of Vancouver and the ski village of Whistler are terrific hosts for these Olympic Games. The air is clean, the public transit is scarily efficient, and the harbors, with snowcapped mountains for a backdrop, are picturesque. Whistler, two hours to the north and home to the skiing, sliding and Nordic events, is a winter wonderland. But let's face it: if public intoxication were an Olympic sport, Vancouver and Whistler would own the podium. The ultimate confirmation came from John Powers, the Boston Globe's esteemed Olympics writer who has covered 17 Games, starting with Montreal in 1976. Since then, he has missed only one Olympics, Moscow in 1980, which the U.S. boycotted. When asked if Vancouver is setting Olympic records for revelry. "It is, by far," he said. "There's just a couple of thousand people every night with nothing to do, no tickets, concentrated downtown. It's their chance to live the dream. So it wasn't just the women's hockey team, which by the way made the men's team look like a bunch of sissy's for not getting loaded on the ice after their win. But apparently it's the whole country. Click on the pic for the full story.

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