Day 9 – The sunny winter games!

Today was a bit lighter than usual, with only 2 games on my schedule. First up was CAN v SWE followed by SUI v SVK, both taking place at the UBC Thunderbird arena.

Fortunately, a good friend and colleague of mine, Jeff Vinnick, who happens to live fairly close to my hotel, was also covering the first game featuring Canada so I was able to hitch a ride. My phone rang at about 10 minutes to noon and Jeff was down stairs. “On my way!” I said and down I went. When I stepped out of the hotel lobby, the warm sun on my face and the fresh smell of spring stopped me dead in my tracks. “I guess it’s a fine day for the summer games eh?” I said with a grin. “Too bad we are going to be in the rink all day!”

The past few days have been unseasonably warm here in Vancouver which has certainly caused a few issues with some of the alpine events, but I have to say, there is something about going to the rink with the sunroof open and no jacket on that is just beautiful.

The two games really didn’t offer anything out of the ordinary and it was just a good day all around. Haven’t had one of those in a while and it was good to relax, focus and just shoot some pictures. I was a great way to resent and prepare for the days and games to come.

Enjoy,

MM

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