Vancouver 2010: Olympics: The Glitch Games?
There is a new headline for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. The Winter Games are now being called The Glitch Games. When the Associated Press and other media outlets use the term the Glitch Games it is bound to get attention.
So, are the Vancouver 2010 Olympics The Glitch Games? Well, that depends on perspective and outlook and besides perhaps it is too early to say?
Maybe, it is a bored media throng who are tired of doing stories on the achievements of freshly scrubbed athletes. Or maybe they have a point. So here then is an incomplete list of glitches at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
The opening ceremony glitch - the faulty hydraulics on the olympic cauldron
Cypress Mountain Weather - Weather made the general admission area unsafe so 28 thousand tickets were cancelled, 28 thousand fans left out in the cold, make that rain, actually make that sun now.
Crowd Surge at Olympic Concert - Alexis on Fire had no chance to demonstrate that they indeed are on fire after metal barricade collapsed injury people at the rock bands free concert.
The Luge Event - Clearly not a glitch but a terrible tragedy, mentioned here only because Olympic organizers have been slammed by some media regarding this issue.
The Ice at the Speed Skating Oval - ice conditions have not been ideal but the ice grooming machines have been a disaster and will be replaced.
The Fence - the fence surrounding the Olympic Cauldron and Flame is an ugly eye sore and needs to be fixed and it is still unclear whether VANOC response of moving the fence will satisfy visitors.
CEO of VANOC John Furlong had responses for many of these perceived glitches on Tuesday
Of course the Vancouver 2010 Games have had their moments of beauty. The gold to Canadians in moguls and snowboarding, KD Lang's performance at the Opening Ceremonies, the happy crowds downtown, and the Olympics are not out of there first week so perhaps we should wait before pronouncing judgment on whether Vancouver will be known as the Glitch Games