During the course of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games here in Vancouver I was picked up to write content for an web-based news service called Associated Content. I got paid a nominal fee, part of the agreement is exclusivity. So I can't post the stories here, but I can post the links!
"I walk through downtown with my camera strapped over my back, careful to protect it from bumps in the passing crowds. People move at an even pace -- not too fast, not too slow. Occasionally the crowded sidewalk chokes as a family, or other group, stops to collect itself. Main streets that are not blocked to traffic have few cars passing so stepping onto the road to bypass lollygaggers is easy."
"Happy People Everywhere Taking in the Sights; Zipliner Crosses High Above Robson Square"
(this one is a video)
"The second week of the 2010 Olympics Organizing Committee's ambitious Cultural Olympiad is underway. Every night there is a long list of bands playing free in Vancouver, Surrey and Richmond, and at Whistler.
The Science World site has been dubbed "Mini Expo 86" by the mainstream press. The 'golf ball' at Science World is a remnant of Expo, housing an interactive science museum and iMax screen. The actual Science World venue has been taken over by the Russians for Sochi House, to promote their hosting of the next Winter Olympics."
"The last weekend of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games drove the city of Vancouver into a frenzy of excitement and enthusiasm. Soon the LiveCity venues would close; no more free music, no more hosting by regional and corporate houses, no more big screens showing the feats of Olympic athletes. Other neighbourhoods in town emptied out completely as everyone headed downtown for the big party weekend anxious to catch the events before it was all over."
"Morning coffee at my regular haunt was different Sunday. There are masses of people headed downtown to get a good spot to watch the gold medal men's hockey game, which started at noon. Buses are packed with anxious revellers. From my seat in the window facing West 10th Avenue, I can see groups of people in various stages of costume dress pass by. The excitement is palpable."
If you click the links you get the whole story, and the photos I took. The last two posts (the final two days of the Olympics) in particular are pretty cool.