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Vancouver 2010 Olympics – Samsung Pavilion at LiveCity Yaletown

If you are fortunate enough to make it through the LiveCity Yaletown‘s lineups, check out Samsung’s OR@S Pavilion, where Olympic fans can become a snowboard designer for a day. Visitors are invited to create their own unique snowboard design using the graphic assets of Samsung’s CORBY phone. Visitors can have fun and design their own exclusive look of the 2010 Winter Games and then email their snowboard creation which becomes a souvenir of their experience at the Games. Visitors are also entered daily into a contest to win a free snowboard, Samsung is giving away a snowboard for each day of the Games.
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Samsung Pavilion

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The OR@S is free to the general public and will be open daily 11am to 11pm from February 12 to 28, 2010.

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Vancouver 2010 Olympics – HBC Olympic Superstore

The Olympic Superstore at The Bay has been an Olympic retail hotspot! According to CTV News, lineups to get into the store on the corner of Seymour and West Georgia have averaged 20 minutes. Once inside the store, I found the shopping experience was surprisingly civil. The 2010 Olympic Mascots section was surprisingly uncrowded. Could be because I went on a Thursday night and those who stay up past 10pm on a weekday are less likely to be rummaging the children’s section for cutesy mascot souveniers!! Nonetheless, here I am! As my friend pointed out, the Quachi hat I am wearing comes with built-in earmuffs!

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OlympicSuperstore

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Currently open until midnight, the Olympic Superstore is scheduled to stay open for 24 hours next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Vancouver 2010 Olympics – Olympic Cauldron

The 2010 Olympic Flame traveled by land, air and water during its 106-day journey across Canada and rests now in its final destination at the Vancouver Convention Center at Canada Place. It’s super crowded in the daytime, so I would recommend going in the middle of the night on a weekday – like I did! The quiet of downtown at this time allows you to hear the crackling of the Olympic Flame….like a gigantic patriotic campfire.
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Olympic Flame
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Missed the torch relay? You still have another chance – the 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay will begin in Ottawa on March 3, 2010 and conclude at the Opening Ceremony in Vancouver signalling the start of the Paralympic Winter Games on March 12, 2010.

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Vancouver 2010 Olympics – Irish House

I went to the Olympic Irish House (620 Nelson Street) preview last night, a 9,000 square-foot pavilion house which is open to the public between February 8th to 28th. Located in a makeshift tent beside Doolins Irish Pub, this country pavillion reminds me of a typical beer garden crossed with a sports bar – complete with TV projections, a Nintendo Wii Station and a live band. Drink tickets can be bought for $8 to $9 – a preview of Olympics prices for the next month. There are two separate balconies accessible by stairs, and a sales booth by the entrance selling Celtic patterned jewelry. Click for photos and to continue reading.

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