Thursday, December 30, 2010

Goodbye 2010: I Will Miss You

It’s hard to believe 2010; the year of our Vancouver Winter Olympic games is almost over. It’s also hard to believe it’s been about 10 months since those Winter Olympic Games took place. I kind of don’t want it to end, 2010 has a nice ring to it. Even though the year is coming to an end, the memories and the friendships still live on. Recently I’ve met some more Vancouver 2010 fans who were also at the Olympics. For us, we talk about those games as if we just got back from our trips. It’s been great to reminisce and hear about other people’s experiences. I have certainly had my share of telling my stories, ones I never get tired of talking about. I remember every moment of our trip and the experiences leading up to it. This time last year I was getting ready to welcome 2010 with open arms. At last the year of the Olympics was about to start. And now I feel a bit sad that it is almost over. I’m sure 2011 will be a great year but it doesn’t have the same ring to it, or the same kind of significance.

People often ask me what my favourite moment was. It is very difficult to pick only one, the entire experience was incredible. If you were to push me into picking one it would definitely be seeing Canada win the Gold medal in the Figure Skating Ice Dancing final. To go to your first ever Olympic event and watch Canadians like Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skate amazing and win gold, I almost can’t even find words to describe it. For my Mom, brother and I it set off a chain of events that entire week that would be magical and better than anything we could have dreamed would happen. To be there and be a part of it while it was unfolding was amazing.

Leading up to our trip I often wondered if it would all be worth it. Would it be worth the money, the time, the planning and the stress? Yes it was, it most definitely was. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I have absolutely no regrets about any part of our trip. It was worth every single penny. I consider it to be the highlight of my life. When will something else even begin to compare to this I don’t know. When it does I know it will be quite extraordinary, because to have been a part of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games was a dream come true.

Happy New Year. Wishing you all the best for 2011.

Christina Wallaert