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Newsletter #191, February 14, 2010

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games Open

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After 6 years of anticipation and construction, the XXI Olympic Winter Games have arrived in Vancouver and the city is transformed to a world stage. Flags are flying, everyone is decked out in Canada's red and white and the crowded streets are electric with the buzz.

Both the Royal Canadian Mint and Canada Post are involved in the festivities, the Mint with a very busy pavilion at 500 Granville St at Pender (the SFU Graduate School of Business). The Post Office is providing Olympic cancels at 349 West Georgia Street.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games
The Mint kicked off their party on Thursday, February 11, with a road hockey shoot-out on Granville Street in front of their pavilion. With Trevor Linden, former captain of the Vancouver Canucks and 1998 Olympian in attendance, the noon hour crowds were guaranteed, despite the chilly wind and rain. Also pulling in the crowds was a first prize of a pair of Gold Medal Men's Hockey tickets.

Individuals could enter and three were chosen to participate.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games
Shooting from about 100 feet, the participants had 30 seconds to shoot balls into the net. The first fellow up was obviously a hockey player and he made seven goals. The other two were clueless and got one and two goals.

The Pavilion is lined up, but then, so is everything, so if you brave it out, you will be rewarded by:

  • an up-close view of the medals for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and see how they were made
  • the Mint's world-famous million-dollar gold coin and other gold products
  • learn how coins are made and strike your own token inspired by the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
  • participate in children's programming
  • collect all Vancouver 2010 circulation coins to complete your collection
  • purchase unique Vancouver 2010 souvenirs

Plus many other activities. The Pavilion is open to February 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games
Later that afternoon the Olympic Torch Relay passed along 41st Ave on its way to UBC, right beside All Nations. Thousands lined the street, cheering and waving flags in the cold and rain.
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games
But it was worth it, the sight of the flame gives you goose bumps and a lot of pride that we are hosting the world.
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games
Meanwhile, over at the Post Office. A stamp tells only half the story. The image and text on a stamp’s cancellation mark can turn a one-in-a-million letter into something very special and unique, a souvenir highly valued by collectors of all kinds. Canada Post is offering 35 unique philatelic pictorial cancels to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The cancels, available February 12, represent the Olympic and Paralympic sports, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Olympic Villages in Vancouver and Whistler and the Main Media Center in Vancouver. 

For those who will be on site during the Games, the full set of cancels will only be available at the Vancouver Corporate Retail Post Office at 349 West Georgia Street (Monday to Friday, February 12 to 26, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays, February 13 and 20, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.). Select cancels will be available at corporate post offices near Olympic venues.

Speed Skating

Available at the Richmond Main Post Office: 7871 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC.

Freestyle Aerials, Freestyle Moguls, Freestyle Ski Cross, Snowboard Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross, Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom

Available at the West Vancouver Post Office: 1427 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver.

Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Short Track Speed Skating, Opening / Closing Ceremonies, Mascot

Available at Vancouver Station D: 2405 Pine Street, Vancouver, BC.

Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross Country Skiing, Luge, Nordic Combined, Skeleton, Ski Jump

Available at the Whistler Main Post Office: 106-4360 Lorimer Ave, Whistler, BC.

More information can be found at the Canada Post web site.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games
The Olympic Cauldron burns at the Convention Centre West Plaza. With Glowing Hearts we burn off the cold, clouds and rain and look forward to a forecast of sun and clear skies with warm days. The threat of a snowless North Shore has been allayed with excellent (imported) snow at Cypress, such that Canadian freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau has won Canada's first Gold Medal on Canadian soil. Go Canada Go.
More Olympic related pages:

Newsletters:

Royal Canadian Mint launches ice sledge hockey quarter
The Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion at the Paralympic Games
Canada Wins First Olympic Gold on Home Soil
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games Open
Mint Releases 25-cent Coin Celebrating Cindy Klassen

Mint Releases 25-Cent Coin Celebrating Women's Hockey Gold at Salt Lake City In 2002
2010 Olympic Medal Unveiled
Olympic Bullion Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint Releases Bobsleigh Olympic Quarter
Royal Canadian Mint Releases Speed Skating Quarter
Vote on Your Favourite Top 10 Canadian Olympic Winter Moments
Canada Post unveils Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics stamps
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Stamps Delayed
The Richmond Olympic Oval Opens to the Public
Vancouver 2010 Olympics Circulating 25¢ Figure Skating Coin

Canada's Million dollar coin arrives in Beijing
Do you believe in luck? - Royal Canadian Mint Issues 2008 Lucky Loonie

Royal Canadian Mint releases Freestyle Skiing quarter
Canada Post Celebrates UBC's 100th Anniversary
Olympic Venues Encrusted with Lucky Loonies
Olympic Snowboarding Quarters take to the slopes
Royal Canadian Mint Release first Vancouver 2010 Olympic Commemorative Quarter
Royal Canadian Mint announces most Ambitious Olympic Coin Program Yet
Royal Canadian Mint to circulate Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Quarters and Dollars
Royal Canadian Mint named as a supplier to the 2010 Olympics
Royal Canadian Mint Launches Lucky Loonie in Vancouver
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Stamp issue
2010 Olympic gold coins
The Royal Canadian Mint launches 25-cent biathlon circulation coin
The Royal Canadian Mint launches 25-cent alpine skiing circulation coin
An Archive of Lucky Loonie Launches
Royal Canadian Mint issues Snowboarding Quarter

Coins:

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic coins are available in our store. They are now available for shipment outside North America.

Anyone worldwide can now order the coins, and get information about them, by calling Brian Grant Duff at (604) 684 4613. By order of Vanoc, we are not allowed to display, describe, or sell the coins on our website, on radio, or on television, but will let you know on the site when they become available.

2002Olympic Gold Medal Men's Hockey Quarter
Vancouver 2010 Olympics Circulating 25¢ Figure Skating Coin
Canada's Million dollar coin arrives in Beijing
Do you believe in luck? - Royal Canadian Mint Issues 2008 Lucky Loonie

Royal Canadian Mint releases Freestyle Skiing quarter
Olympic Venues Encrusted with Lucky Loonies
Olympic Snowboarding Quarters take to the slopes
Royal Canadian Mint Release first Vancouver 2010 Olympic Commemorative Quarter
Royal Canadian Mint announces most Ambitious Olympic Coin Program Yet
Royal Canadian Mint to circulate Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Quarters and Dollars
Royal Canadian Mint named as a supplier to the 2010 Olympics
Royal Canadian Mint Launches Lucky Loonie in Vancouver
The Royal Canadian Mint launches 25-cent biathlon circulation coin
Royal Canadian Mint issues Snowboarding Quarter
The Royal Canadian Mint launches 25-cent alpine skiing circulation coin
2006 Proof Olympic Lucky Loony in a Bookmark
2006 Proof Colourized Sterling Silver Olympic Dollar
2006 Olympic "Lucky" Loonie
An Archive of Lucky Loonie Launches

Stamps:

Canada Post unveils Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics stamps
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Stamps Delayed
2003 2010 Olympic Overprint attached stamp booklet trio
1976 Montréal Special Olympics 20¢ commemorative

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