Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Huge event, huge crowds, small world

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:26 AM

So I'm walking up Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver at the end of another Olympic day/night, heading from the Main Media Center to my room, thinking about whether to grab something quick to eat.

And then, through the crowd on the dimly lit sidewalk, a voice says, "Hey, Ralph Routon. That looks like Ralph Routon."

Marty Wakelyn
  • Marty Wakelyn

Then he identifies himself, coming close enough to be recognized. It's none other than Marty Wakelyn, an outstanding hockey goaltender for Colorado College from 1982-86 who went on to play a while in the pros with the New York Islanders organization.

Wakelyn, who still lives in Colorado Springs but is a native of Victoria in British Columbia, brought his wife and son back "home" for a few days and events at the Olympics.

He was still stinging from Canada's loss to the United States in the early round of men's hockey, though his wife Denise quickly said, "It bothered him, but not me."

It was just another instance of running into people from Colorado Springs at the Winter Games, especially at hockey. Practically every game I've covered, spectators in the concourse have called out, "Hey, Ralph," some of whom I didn't even recognize.

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