The boys and I were at Granville Island yesterday and spotted Team Canada Hockey Coach, Mike Babcock. He was very accommodating to the attention he was receiving from the fans who recognized him, and even helped me to corral the boys for the photo. Other athletes spotted at restaurants or outside events by my friends include Team Canada Hockey Players, Chris Pronger and Martin Brodeur, and US Short Track Speed Skater J.R. Celski. I also met Kaillie Humphries, member of the Canadian women’s Bobsled team on the train ride to the Oval. As she spoke about how hard she trained for her event here over the past year (10 hours/day, 6 days/week), it made me realize just how much is at stake for some of these athletes. Seeing the athletes close up and hearing their stories is great for our kids too: they learn that the athletes are real people with real stories of hard work and lots of heart.
Also spotted: Chloe Dufour Lapointe (Canadian Freestyle Team) who came 5th place. As well, numerous Canadian athletes have been spotted each afternoon signing autographs just outside of the main Canada Post office in downtown Vancouver (Homer & W. Georgia Street). Have you spotted any athletes?