"Canadian Olympic hospitality appears to be cold, aggressive and overcompetitive" - Macleans.ca
 

“Canadian Olympic hospitality appears to be cold, aggressive and overcompetitive”

The Times is unimpressed by Vanoc’s 128-page etiquette guide


 

Canada’s “charm offensive,” The Times says, is reminiscent of Beijing’s laughable state-sanctioned Olympic etiquette of two years ago. The 128-page document that was circulated among Vanoc employees includes instructions like: “hair should be kept tidy yet stylish,” “Never dress in clothes that are too tight…They make a slim person look gaunt and a large person look heavier,” and,  “Avoid wearing short socks. If they are too short, they may show bare leg when you sit down.” The Times cites Canada’s ambitious ‘Own The Podium’ program as another example of how Vancouver is distorting the spirit of the Games by “squeezing out every element of home advantage.” Says Sir Clive Woodward, the performance director of the British Olympic Association: “It’s an interesting take on what home advantage actually means and their definition, to be fair, surprised me. It’s a moot point whether its against Olympic spirit.”

Times Online


 
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“Canadian Olympic hospitality appears to be cold, aggressive and overcompetitive”

  1. Unbelievable !!! I have to agree with perhaps looking neat and tidy in appearance, I mean you don't want the ticket takers and canteen workers to look or smell like Hasting St. panhandlers, but for Vanoc to go as far as to tell "volunteers" as well as employees to make sure their socks don't expose any skin when sitting down, wow, ridiculous. With this exposure to risquee ankle skin, or heaven forbid, shin skin, are we again bowing down to the unrelenting Muslim whiners that are trying to force their way of life and religion on Canadians?? Enough is enough. I implore all Olympic volunteers and employees to go sockless when the temperature permits it, to thumb their nose at Vanoc and the spineless worms that must have made up the Vanoc committee that permitted this laughable 128 etiquette document to even have been published. What a waste of good paper and ink.

    • "are we again bowing down to the unrelenting Muslim whiners that are trying to force their way of life and religion on Canadians??"

      WTF???

  2. people should look like vancouver people, i bet somebody old fashioned or a brit wrote that guide.. it certainly is not BC values

  3. All volunteers should get pierced and tattooed and make them visible. The last time I looked at a newspaper, it was't dated 1956. How about telling all volunteers to (naturally) be clean, courteous, and be yourselves!!! period

  4. Heh, we Canadians are just as competitive as anyone else. Apparently we just express it passive aggressively.

    "What's that? You'd like some ice time to practice? Sure, sure. It looks like the only time we have available is at 2 AM the day before you compete…"

    * Rubs hands maniacally *

    Seriously though, its just the Olympics. People need to relax.

    Also:

    "The Globe and Mail, the national newspaper"

    THE national newspaper. Hear that NP, Star? You're nothing compared to the Globe. LOL.

  5. I would suggest wearing black. Think Athens 2004, Greece default 2010.

    Derek