Thursday, February 18, 2010

Here's a bad idea.

There was a lot to love at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. But there were a few things that were a lot less likable.  Like who came up with the idea to put the olympic cauldron behind an unattractive chain link fence.  Yes, that's right, the Vancouver Olympic Cauldron was behind a blockade of concrete barriers and chain link.  Don't believe me?  Here are a few photos:

See what I mean.  That really makes for a nice photo op, eh? I saw a news story that said VANOC had worked all night to move the chain link fence closer to the flame because they'd gotten so many complaints.  But, IT'S STILL BEHIND A CHAIN LINK FENCE!  That's just a little too ghetto for my taste.

Of course, if you very carefully positioned your lens through the holes in the fence, you could get an unobstructed view of the cauldron.

I get that maybe you need to worry about people getting too close to the flames.  But when you're spending billions of dollars on the games, surely you can come up with a more elegant solution than concrete and chain link.  Combine this with the fact that the indoor cauldron at the opening ceremonies didn't work and I'm giving Vancouver a solid D- in Olympic Cauldrons.

1 comment:

  1. Jeff,
    You have a blog?! Can I follow you? Jeff, I am one of your biggest fans. Really, I truly cherished working with you. You taught me so many things about people and life. You have a wonderful gift to write and tell stories. I'm so jealous that you went to Vancover. So many stories we'll never know about that NBC missed. Hope all is well with you.