Hi, all! Emma Yardley, here. I'm the online editor for The Kit (thekit.ca) and am happy to be live blogging from The Star newsroom. Can't wait to see all those amazing uniforms!
The uniforms I'm most excited about seeing? Those from France, the Netherlands and, the surprise candidate, Azerbaijan. Yes, seriously. Their dessert boots are right on trend!
Vinay, but it's so rousing.
Just carry on. We're waiting.
The opening ceremony outfits that I can't wait to see if they live up to the (negative) hype: Czech Republic, Germany and (*sigh*) the U.S.
I’m regretting all those jokes about Sochi being tropical. Those palm trees down here must be really hardy – it’s freezing in Fisht Olympic Stadium!
It is rousing. So rousing. Cathal, I'll need you to post some pictures of your immediate surroundings. I'm imagining lots of Russian beer and several ashtrays.
No, no, no. I'm on the straight and narrow. They put one of those alcohol-sensing ankle bracelets on me before I got on the plane.
Man, wish I was surrounded by Russian beer and ashtray. No offense, Vinay and Kevin.
They've lowered the lights in the stadium, with just a few minutes to go, and there's rock-show white smoke filling the stadium. Or, maybe that's just everyone's breath. Did I mention it is freezing here?
Gillespie, please no complaints about the weather or conditions. You're there! Kevin and I are elbow to elbow at a badly damaged desk, sharing a cup of Tim Hortons. And when you're back, please sneak into the mens washroom in newsroom and take a good look. That will put "ramshackle conditions" into perspective.
Trivia question hint: It's not New York. And the vote frontrunner is not the correct answer. Keep trying!
So, in a surprise opinion, the German outfits are actually kinda rad.
Coffee, mmm, that would be good. Can you Fe
dex some Tim's my way?
Kerry, you sure the smoke isn't from those ashtrays Vinay was talking about?