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Submitted by Reed Baker

Most underappreciated moment of the Olympics: Watching and listening to the crowd as their fellow countrymen win a gold medal.

Worst waste of time: Waiting in line to get into the Hudson Bay Co. department store to buy Olympic apparel.

Thing I wish I would’ve known before waiting in line at “The Bay”: You don’t have to wait in that line to buy U.S.A. team items — you can proceed directly to floor 5 of the Hudson Bay Co. store. Or you can buy the same items for team U.S.A. as well as general Olympic apparel at event venues.

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Worst case of robbery without an actual weapon: Ralph Lauren, the official outfitter of the U.S.A. Olympic Team, charges $350 for a team U.S.A. down vest (that didn’t include $300 in the pocket). All other team U.S.A. apparel prices were equally ridiculous.

Greatest thing to be a part of: Chanting “U…S…A! U…S…A! U…S…A!” while the Norwegians and Canadians yelled “Go…Norway!” at the U.S. vs. Norway men’s hockey game.

Best Norwegian athlete name: Tore Vikingstad (Seriously, can you get more Norwegian than having “Viking” in your last name?)

Thing I wish that Seattle had: The Sky Train — Vancouver’s elevated train is awesome.

Best non-competition moment: The volunteers at Cypress Mountain went above and beyond their responsibilities to help keep my family warm and dry, giving us a chance to enjoy the games despite the bad weather.

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