About a week ago now the Olympics wrapped up with a Canadian gold in hockey. It was a storybook ending to a pretty amazing Olympics.
Kind of sad to see the Olympics go actually as Vancouver was an amazing place for those 17 days.
You could go downtown at any time of day, any day of the week and it was a party, and the typical Vancouver douchebags were nowhere to be found.
It was just people from Vancouver and around the world partying and having a good time.
I didn't get to take in many events first hand but I did watch almost everything on TV.
The two events I did see were Men's Ski Cross, which we bubbled the podium in, and the USA vs. Finland semi-final game in hockey.
The ski cross I went into expecting it to be super lame. I'm a snowboarder and we snowboarders even think snowboard cross is lame, so ski cross I expected to be even lamer.
It ended up being pretty damn exciting. Maybe because there's more freedom having both legs independent, but there just seems to be more action in ski cross.
Couple that with the fact it was 14 degrees Celsius on Cypress Mountain in February and I was wearing just jeans and a t-shirt it was a pretty sick day. That was until Canada lost to the USA in hockey a few hours later.
Funny thing about Americans is they don't give a shit/really understand hockey, then they win one game in the preliminaries and everyone is instantly an expert. I've never heard so much smack talk over one game (and fora sport that 98% of Americans rarely even care about). Oh well we got redemption.
The other event I saw was the semi-final hockey game with USA vs. Finland. Which, as it turned out, ended up being a pretty weak game when the Americans blew out the Finns.
Obviously it was still a sick atmosphere being at any Olympic hockey game in Canada. We had super sick seats and were right next to Ryan Kesler's wife.
Also before the game we got to see/touch the Stanley Cup at my g/f's Dad's office which was pretty amazing. (obv rocking requisite Canadian tuxedo to support the team).
Other than that didn't really experience too much more of any events other than sweating as many Canada games as possible in busy, busy bars. If Canada was playing every bar with a TV in town was completely packed. You had to show up 2-3 hours early to even get a seat. It was incredible, and the atmosphere was amazing.
As everyone knows now we shipped the gold and the streets were just a party. I've never felt the whole city alive like it was after each Canada win.
So with all that Olympic hype I really didn't grind much at all in February. I think I played 18k hands, which is probably the least volume of any month for a year and a half.
But it was all at $1/$2 so I don't have to pay out the freeroll and it was OBV worth it for the Olympic experience.
It's now March and I have been putting in pretty decent volume and getting pretty good results (and detoxing). But next week I'm going to be heading to Phoenix, Arizona for baseball spring training with my Dad.
My Dad has always talked about how he wants to move to Phoenix when he retires so he can sweat spring training every year. And I was raised on baseball - I think I was the only Canadian that loved baseball more than hockey (don't tell anyone).
So for his birthday I bought him tickets so we can go check it out.
We're heading in on Monday night and Tuesday we're going to see Mariners vs. Indians. Wednesday we're seeing Cubs vs. Giants in the day and going to Canucks vs. Coyotes in the night. Thursday we're seeing Giants vs. Mariners and flying home later.
It's going to be a pretty hit-and-run trip but going to get to see a bunch of ball games and a Canucks game on the road, which'll be pretty sick.
And when I get back I've gotta put my nose to the grindstone for the rest of March/April because in May I'm going to Japan, which I'm also obviously stoked on.
That's the latest from me,
Here's the Vancouver streets. (not shot by me obv)
Also check out THIS video. It's better but doesn't allow embedding for some reason.