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VO's 2010 Games Closing Ceremonies were a Feast

Photograph of Charles and Vonya Macurdy and photographs inside story by Linda Solomon.

Vancouver Observer Olympics reporters and contributors celebrated their own Olympic victories at a feast prepared by VO food writer Charles Macurdy that featured recipes he created to honour Canada's medal winners during the 2010 Winter Games.

VO victories were many and varied from general coverage to stories that went viral to contributors whose Tweets climbed to the top of Vancouver's most followed Twitter lists.

Here's a short list:

The month of February saw an overall increase in traffic on the Vancouver Observer of: 137.22%. 

We continuously showed up at the TOP of Google searches regarding topics like the Opening Ceremonies, and many of our other Olympics stories.  We pumped out so much good stuff and Google began ranking our stuff above Vancouver Sun and Province at times.

In an article in the Tyee  staff about the Olympics, they referred to VO as "an excellent online magazine."  That meant a lot to hear from a publication I respect so much.  And people like Joseph Planta of  said he attended the Olympics "vicariously" by following VO.  That was the goal of our coverage, and hearing that we accomplished what we set out to do has been immensely gratifying for me.

Invitations pouring in from all sides.  Dave Egan got to go up to the Yukon for a day on a Yukon Tourism Board press junket and he wrote a fantastic wrap up of the day that they were very happy about.  

Taking a moment to stop and acknowledge the amazing work that went into making it the best month ever for VO, writers from Anna Kaye Ling, who brought us entertaining and original Colbert coverage, to Robyn Ludwig, who brought us coverage of the tragic death of Andrew Koenig, to Kathie Wallace, whose stories about prostitution and the Games went viral, to Olivia Fermi who occasionally blogs about sustainability issues and tweeted for VO during the Olympics, and others gathered to enjoy Macurdy's Canadian comfort food. Eliana Lev (I'm a Good Story)  is pictured above at far left. Jason Hall, a BCIT writing instructor, came late, but not too late to tell show his prowess with puns as he critiqued the Games with a wry wit I hope he will turn into a story soon, so the world can enjoy it the way I did last night.

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