Who knew the victory ceremonies was so much fun?

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I think the title says it all. Last night’s victory ceremony with BC’s Nelly Furtado was the first in a series of theme nights featuring the provinces and territories. At first my intention was to see the talented Nelly perform after the medals ceremony. What I didn’t realize was that with the announcement of the winners, the awarding of the medals, the raising of flags by the RCMP and standing to the tune of the national anthem was a spectacular performance in itself. The pomp and pageantry of it all was memorable, particularly with the RCMP (in their decked out red jackets) raising the flags.

So having said all that, I urge you all to attend this once in a lifetime event and soak up the atmosphere live; it’s just not the same watching it on TV. No tickets? Don’t worry because I didn’t either until last night. I stood outside the security gate and bought two tickets at face value from a couple who got assurances I wasn’t a scalper. My sister also bought a ticket at under face value from an actual ticket scalper (good for her!).

So the trick is to get out to BC Place at 5:30pm on the day of, and look for real fans selling tickets at or near face value. You can tell them apart from ticket scalpers because they aren’t questionable looking. Even if they aren't great seats, there are giant screens for everyone to see all the details.

As luck would have it, I actually bought tickets to tonight’s victory ceremony. Who is performing? I don’t know. But what I do know is that we’ll be celebrating our first ever gold medal on home soil by freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau. I don’t need to tell you that BC Place will be thee most happening place in Canada, and I will be standing tall and proud when the Maple Leaf is raised by the men and women in red, to the tune of our national anthem.

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