I have volunteered as a driver for the 2010 Olympics. I am driving the athletes from the Olympic Village (right) to the various sports venues in and around Vancouver. I am driving figure skaters and speed skaters to Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond BC.
I have been driving since February 3, 2010. I was shuttling athletes around the Olympic Village as they entered the Athletes Village through the Welcome Centre.
The village is beautiful and is very much like a small community. Athletes from all nations walking among each other and eating in the dining hall. They have access to food 24hrs a day and they can have steaks, soup, sandwiches, MacDonald's and pizza. I also noticed that a lot of countries brought their own food in as well. Obviously North American food won't feel like "home" for everyone.
Security is strong and present and I feel very secure each day I work with the Olympics.
I was nervous at first talking with the athletes as I drove them to the venues, but they were practicing and perhaps less focused at that point.
I know that in the next few days once competition starts, I will have to allow them to start the conversation. I wouldn't want them to lose their focus on my account.
It's a privilege to drive them and work with the Olympics. GO CANADA GO!!!
Doug Atkinson has been a realtor for 22 years, currently licensed with Century 21 In Town Realty in Yaletown - the Olympic heart of Vancouver, BC.