Ed Milliken is SUN TV's senior producer for Sports and Current Affairs. A veteran Canadian network sports producer, Ed is in Turin working for the Host Broadcasting Organization. The Grill Room is SUN TV's daily sports opinion talk show.

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Postings for 2006/02/18

A City with Two Faces

Ed At The Games
Just a quick note about the city of Turin. It's basically a city with two "looks and feels." The parts of the city that were bombed during WWII have been rebuilt during the 1950's and really remind one of the worst parts of Pittsburgh, Hamilton or Buffalo: very industrial, unwelcoming and basically run down and in need of a good cleaning.... Then there are the parts that went untouched during the war. These neighbourhoods are right out of picture postcards: beautiful parks, churches, castles, ornate bridges and statues, which have all the European charm of the 19th century..... Both these faces of the city change block to block, so when you walk in Turin or go for a bus ride, you get caught up in all the gorgeous beauty of the river walks and stylish Italian-designed monuments and elaborate government squares. Then just as suddenly as turning a corner....boom.. your in Cleveland !! Ciao
  Posted: 2006/02/18 08:40:18
steve in edmonton
"What do you like best about Turin?"
Ed At The Games
So far it has been the local people. They are very friendly and seem genuinely happy to have the world as their guests.....they are a bit overwhelmed by what it takes to get things to run smoothly, but they are the highlight so far.....that, and of course the Italian food.
  Posted: 2006/02/18 04:12:28
Peter in Calgary
"Have you seen any celebrities there?"
Ed At The Games
Yes. Donald Sutherland was at a Canadian women's hockey game and Laura Bush has been at figure skating and hockey.
  Posted: 2006/02/18 04:10:08
Angela in Barrie, Ontario
"Can you explain to us the athlete's food facilities?"
Ed At The Games
I'm not staying in the Athlete's Village. We are housed in the Media Village, but my assumption is that it's very much like a university dormitory with a main dining hall and cafeteria-style facilities. One of the huge "bonding" experiences of Olympics is that everyone is treated equally - NHL superstars and bobsledders living side by side. So, one of those bonding examples is a common dining facility with no special treatment. However I am sure some of the millionaire pros are slipping out of the village for a 5-star meal every now and then.
  Posted: 2006/02/18 04:08:54
Doug in Calgary
"Any idea why western Canadian female athletes have dominated our medals?"
Ed At The Games
My first thought is the obvious one: that the Calgary Olympics legacy is paying off....everyone says that a generation after a city hosts The Games, that the facilities and Olympic awareness has an effect. The western Canadian, specifically Albertan, population was totally immersed in what the Winter Games meant in 1988 and here we are in 2006 with the results showing up on the podium...
  Posted: 2006/02/18 04:03:36
Jon in Glasgow, UK.
"Have the people of Torino embraced the games and created a festive atmosphere, or is it business as usual for the locals? Are there areas of the city that have created a good place to celebrate the games?"
Ed At The Games
That is a very good question! My sense is that the locals are not that thrilled about the whole thing. They are very friendly and willing to help, but I get a feeling that they will be very happy when the games are over. What really surprises me is the lack of effort by the locals to "cash in" on the influx of tourists and visitors. Very little has been done to attract the thousands of people who are here for the first time to special events. The stores and restaurants seem to be just operating as usual and it's sort of "by the way" the Olympics are in town. The traffic certainly is being affected and Monday to Friday the drive times are about double that of the weekends. As far as festivities, the locals do not seem that interested. Almost all the night spots are full of visitors, people either attending games or people who are here to work.
  Posted: 2006/02/18 03:57:31