By Inge Wilson
To mark the one year anniversary of the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Games, the Hope Museum presented a display of 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games memorabilia at the Hope Library, including items from the historic Torch Relay events that took place in Hope on February 7th and March 9th, 2010.
The display included free 2010 Games stickers, placemats, pins and colouring sheets to take home and a free prize draw for 2010 Games souvenirs.
The museum staff also invited everyone to share their memories and stories by reliving the excitement of the 2010 Games …whether they were experienced here in Hope or at the games venues of Vancouver and Whistler.
Here are some of the stories that were shared…
From a Sunshine Valley resident who connected with Olympic athletes training at Manning Park Resort: “It was a great time to host the Karakhstan (Russian) mogul ski team. What great young people. Though they never won, you would not know it for they loved Canada”
From a young mother: “A lot of us had a great time at The Blue Moose watching the Women’s Hockey and Men’s Final Hockey Game”
From a participant in the Feb 7th Olympic Torch Relay Celebration in Hope: “It was such a great experience to be part of – such a large and exuberant crowd of Hope neighbours and visitors. Go Canada Go!!!”
From a staff member of the Hope Visitor Centre: “Throughout February 2010 I met German TV staff and other international media representatives plus many RCMP and Canadian military members at the Hope Visitor Centre that had been flown in from Eastern Canada to supplement the 2010 Games Security forces. All of these individuals were working long shifts with very few free days to pursue personal interests so it was very exciting to learn that they were using their valuable time to journey to Hope. Interestingly, all of them indicated that they chose to come here in order to see where the Rambo film “First Blood” was made!”
From a long time Hope resident: “It was so exciting. My husband …an avid skier and sportsman… made himself gold, silver and bronze medals from paper and decorated our living room window. He was so happy …(to) celebrate the Olympic Games in Canada!”
If you were unable to attend the event at the Hope Library but still wish to contribute your special memory or story to the records of the Hope Museum please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX to 604-869-2160 or mail to P.O. Box 26, Hope, BC, V0X 1L0. Any 2010 Games memorabilia you wish to donate will also be gladly accepted by The Hope Museum at 919 Water Avenue. Call 604-869-7322 to arrange for the donation.