Sunday, February 14, 2010

Delaney: The Winter Olympic's friendly Smurfs

We are big on volunteering in Utica. We all know the Boilermaker and America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk would be sunk without volunteers.

Those generous and dedicated souls have met their match at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. All over the games - in parking lots, venues and media centres - are more than 25,000 in bright blue coats, shirts, vests or hats.

The Smurfs as someone called them. The Vancouver 2010 Smurfs are not as scary. They are very helpful and very polite group willing to help an at-times clueless Olympic first timer find his - or her - way around.

All around the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics are VANOC employees and volunteers in bright blue coats, vests or hats. They also have dark-colored wind pants.

Krista Cattapan, a 27-year-old volunteer from Ontario, said the bright green and blue colors of the Games was chosen based on natural colors of the ocean, trees and mountains in British Columbia. Cattapan, a nurse in Sault Ste. Marie is a volunteer at the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad which is a celebration of different cultures, theater and the arts from all over the world.

"I am very proud to be Canadian right now," said Cattapan, leaving the men's luge competition Sunday with her husband Brian. "Right from the get-go I've never stopped smiling. It's awesome. I get shivers just talking about it."

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