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The re-birth of the Olympic village as “the best in North America”

November 6th, 2009 · 7 Comments

This is a bit late, but here’s my story about the elaborate ceremony to hand over the Olympic athlete’s village to VANOC on Wednesday. (Sorry, was down for the count for part of yesterday so wasn’t keeping up to speed.)

It was quite the event, with the life-size Olympics mascots dancing around and everything, to the point where a VIP sitting next to me said, “I feel like I’m on an acid trip.”

It made me realize that there is one more thing to fear with the Olympics, besides massive bills, never-ending construction projects, and widespread road closures. That is, the danger of kitsch overload.

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