The first Winter Olympic Games was held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. With Glowing Hearts, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics opened on February 12 at Vancouvers’s BC Place. To join celebration at the start of the Olympics, OPUS Hotel Vancouver kicked it off with the ‘OPUS Podium Party’ February 9 from 6 to 10 PM.
The Invitation only VIP media party to celebrate the kick off of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics had some interesting side events going on including the opportunity to find out what really happens after the podium with OPUS’ Dare to Disturb interactive room tours.
It was a seen and be seen party to launch one of the biggest events in the history of Vancouver. Celebrities from all over came to party the night away at OPUS, the premier party place this side of town.
On the Red Carpet VIP List of international celebrities were Canadian actor Ryan Robbins, actor Terry Chen, rising star Agam Darshi, TV and film actress Apollonia Vanova, and Canadian film actress Ingrid Kavelaars.
Local celebrities were also present to hobnob with the famous and more famous in Vancouver. Led by the mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson, others who were invited to this exclusive event included celebrity fashion designer Jason Matlo, Man-about-town Fred Lee, John & Katherine Evans of OPUS Hotels Vancouver and Montreal, and Canadian shoe designer John Fluevog.
News Anchors and On Air Personalities present at the event were TSN sportscaster and TV personality/host Anna Wallner, Canadian television sportscaster for TSN Dan O’Toole, MTV presenter Jessi Cruickshank, host Fanny Keifer, CBC News at Six co-host and journalist Gloria Macarenko, Canadian TV personality Jeremy Szafron, Fashion Television’s Jeanne Beker, ET Canada’s Erin Cebula and Canadian television journalist Coleen Christie.
Not to be left out in the crowd were Olympic athletes namely Canadian-American rower Jake Wtzle, speed skater Catroina Le May-Doan, Olympic figure skaters David Peletier and Jamie Sale, Olympic skaters Katarina Witt & Elizabeth Manley and Olympic rower turned British media personality Matthew Pinsent.
The OPUS will continue to host VIP and media only events throughout the Olympics. Stay tuned for more coverage.