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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Day One in the Books

Well, Day one has come and gone.  I worked in the Polyclinic at the Vancouver Athletes' Village from 7 am to 3 pm and then helped out at Medical Headquarters until 8 pm.

The Athletes Village is awesome.  It sits on the shore of False Creek, overlooking Science World and BC Place.  The downtown and mountains complete the backdrop. 

Officials and delegates are starting to arrive.  Athletes start to move in tomorrow.  The facilities are top notch and countries are starting to decorate their balconies with their flags.  Soon, I expect to see a United Nations of flags.

The Polyclinic is in the heart of the Village.  Tomorrow all of the flags of the participating countries will be raised in Village.  I'll make sure I post a photo tomorrow.  Back to the clinic...the word "clinic" is a misnomer.  This is a mini-hospital.  Everything you can think of is here.  CT scan, MRI, xray, ENT, dents, therapists, emergency, etc.  Next door, is the doping centre.  On the other side is the athletes' fitness centre.  Should be a hubbub of activity when the athletes arrive.

Security in the Village is tight.  We have to go through airport-like scanners and searches. 12 foot high fencing surrounds the Village and the Police presence is noticeable. 

Today, I have a packed day.  Two full shifts plus a training session.  I'll be here for 24 hours.  Wish me luck.

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