How do you begin to describe an Olympics that starts with anxiety over the weather, intense national pride and celebration seeing the torch run through the city, a band of boisterous protesters facing off with police, and a tragic death before the first competition -- maybe an emotional roller coaster?

How do you begin to describe an Olympics that starts with anxiety over the weather, intense national pride and celebration seeing the torch run through the city, a band of boisterous protesters facing off with police, and a tragic death before the first competition — maybe an emotional roller coaster?

Today was certainly like no other as the Winter Olympics officially began in Vancouver. I spent the early part of the day following the torch run and much of the afternoon watching protesters, along with a smaller but equally vocal group of Olympic supporters.