The 2010 Winter Olympics start in less than a fortnight with men’s ski jumping qualifiers at the Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley.
Fourteen days from today. Not many songs about 14, but there is one that contains 14 right off the top. Vertigo by U2 with Bono’s Spanish counting anomaly: “Uno, dos, tres, catorce!”
For those keeping score at home in English, that’s “one, two, three 14!”
Either Bono meant to say quatro or he didn’t want to be compared to Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.
Anyway, there are catorce days remaining until Tipperary-native John Furlong, the CEO of Vancouver’s Olympic committee, becomes the most famous Irishman in a stadium with a microphone anywhere in the world (at least for a night) when the 2010 Winter Olympics formally open Feb. 12 in B.C. Place Stadium.
That’s the same dome where U2 ended its 360 Tour on Oct. 30, 2009 and Bono offered “some Spanish lessons with Irish accents!”
Fourteen days until Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada says cead mille failte to the world.
News and views on Vancouver 2010 (and beyond) from Bob Mackin.