Yesterday I received a copy of the official 2010 Winter Games commemorative book, which probably has one of the longest titles I’ve seen: With Glowing Hearts: The Official Commemorative Book of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games/Des plus brillants exploits: Le livre commÃ©moratif officiel des XXIes Jeux olympiques d hiver et des Xes Jeux paralympiques d hiver.
Cracking open the hardcover I was met with a quote from John Furlong that immediately choked me up. All that I felt during the Olympics and Paralympics came rushing back. It was much more than emotion, sometimes it was even the stress of covering a global event in my backyard for 14 hours a day (which was all completely worth it).
The pages in this book and the beautiful photography evoke a sense of pride and nostalgia, even though it commemorates something that was mere months ago.
I wrote 118 blog posts during the Olympics (not including the Paralympics), uploaded over 600 photos and received 2180 comments on my site over the span of the event. Every single word, image, and video compilation I put together has a story behind it and looking at this book only adds to that experience. With 400 pages and 1,200 photos, it’s pretty stunning.
The book kick-starts memories and showcases everyone from gold medal athletes to blue jacket volunteers (who are all listed within). There’s a profile on Shaun White, concert photography from Live City, a tribute to Nodar Kumaritashvili, a complete section on the Paralympics, and even Tweets have been pulled in for some of the photo gallery pages.
One of my favourite elements is that it showcases the fans quite a bit. There are full-page spreads featuring nothing but maple leaf painted faces, waving flags from all nations, and swarms of people in good spirits.
The book is currently available on Amazon, from Wiley (the publisher) and in bookstores across Canada. I would recommend this for anyone who experienced the Games in any way and especially those who couldn’t. It’s about our city, province, and our nation that bonded through the torch relay, supporting our athletes, and the collective experience.
“The spirit and soul of all 33 million Canadians has been sewn into the fabric of these Winter Games. This journey has not been about the few but rather the many.” – John Furlong.
Update June 11, 2010 I have just been offered another copy of the book to give away to one of my readers.
If you would like to enter to win this book, please leave a comment below with your favourite Olympic memory. I’ll draw a winner on June 16th and have the book shipped over to you.
I just wanted to stress how much this book has grown on me. It’s almost like a yearbook that I want to take around town and have people sign, it’s pretty great.
Update June 16, 2010 I have drawn a winner at random from the entries and it is Michelle (June 11th comment / @depechemama on Twitter). Thank you so much for sharing your favourite moments. The highlights for many were the feeling of togetherness and the pride we felt for our athletes and our nation. It’s just amazing to see that so many people will have memories like this to last them a lifetime.