The mood here is relaxed and happy! There is lots of loud music coming from various rooms, and there is a party out in the lobby of the IBC. If I can, I'll sneak out later to see if I can grab a beer.
Earlier this evening, I picked up my "Participation Certificate" from the Organizing Committee. (David, because my name is David Sean McKinnon, and they can never figure out that my name is Sean...)
NBC will run their credits at the end of their afternoon show today (5:45pm EST) and you will see my name (David, instead of Sean, as usual) appear under Communication Systems Maintenance!
I am still working until 7am this morning, in case the production crews decide to come back to do some voice overs or corrections on the closing ceremonies. NBC will go off the air for their Olympic coverage at 7:38am Sochi Time.
Tomorrow morning, I'll go home and pack, and then have a nap midday. We are planning to try and have a final COMMs dinner on Monday evening. Then I'll check my bags and get my boarding pass at the hotel, get a good night's sleep, and catch the bus at 6:40am for the airport.
It's a 10 hour flight, but it is an NBC Charter, so there will be lots of good food and drink, and I'll probably try and stay awake watching movies. I'll transfer in Newark, and will arrive home in Toronto at around 5pm on Tuesday afternoon.
I was thinking about trying to get to NEXXICE practice on Tuesday evening, but I think I'll be too tired. I am dying to see them, so that I can congratulate Caitie and the team for winning the Canadian National Synchronized Skating Championships this weekend in Burnaby, BC, for a record 8th time, and with a new Canadian record score!
They skated two phenomenal programs in BC, and I was lucky that I was able to get the Skate Canada Live Stream here in Sochi! Tweeting with Jan, and chatting with Susan on Facebook, made me feel like I was a part of it. Thank you! Very proud of this team! Can't wait for Worlds in Italy!
As I was watching the closing ceremonies, one of the last pieces of music played was Prokofiev's Cinderella Suite - Cinderella's Waltz, which is the music for NEXXICE's Short program this year! We're taking that as a good omen!
As for Sochi, it's been a blast as always. These opportunities are really the best for me, as I am such a fan of the Olympics, and I always get a little sad when it is over, but at the same time, I am also ready to go home, and looking forward to seeing Susan, Connor, and Caitie again.
I want to thank everybody that read my blog, commented on Facebook, or followed me on Twitter. It is really nice to feel connected to the people back home when you are so far away for so long!