Fourteen years goes by in a blink

By DOC POW

In 1996 I was living in Vancouver, British Columbia working with the now concluded PGA Tour – The Air Canada Championship. Our golf tournament office shared space with this tiny office of three, who at the time were working on Vancouver’s bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics.  Working on my tourism management diploma, I was in their office every day poking my nose around to learn just how a city bid for the world’s largest sporting event. 
That summer, Vancouver went up against Toronto who received the Canadian nod to go up against Beijing, and we all know who won that bid process. That left Vancouver in the winter spot for 2010 (which as a snow addict I couldn’t have been happier about).
Fast forward 14 years to today and now I am sitting in Whistler with 24 hours to go before the world’s biggest winter festival and sporting experience kicks off. We drove from Edmonton to Whistler – a 14-hour cruise that took us to Vancouver to scoop up our broadcast and accommodations trailer for the three weeks. Who could afford the $2,000 a night for rooms? As a start up media company, not us – so we got smart and last August rented ourselves a 31-foot deluxe trailer – our new home away from home.

Our company, SnowSeekers Inc., one of Canada’s leading snow-minded new media companies, is here to bring you a look at the culture of the Olympics, all the concerts, the parties and stories to answer the question of why Whistler is now welcoming the world.  Our team of journalists will do this through You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger and Flickr to bring this exciting look at the games. We are pleased to hook up with audiences in the UK, Australia, the US, Canada and over 154 countries from around the world who will be following us through our partnerships with www.basecampgroup.comsaltmotion.com,www.freshpeaks.com and more.
Every day you can expect from us a daily video blog, editorial, photos and updates from the epic centre of the Olympics. For the full experience, please follow along atwww.snowseekers.ca/olympicnews
Stay tuned – there is LOTS to come!!!

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