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The Olympics through the eyes of an 8-year-old


Hi! My name is Hannah Mitchell and I am 8 years old. My dad works for The Times, and he asked me to write a blog sometimes on the fun I am having in Vancouver for my first Olympics. If this is boring to you, blame him. And I want to say hi to all my classmates at Sonrise Christian in Mrs. Doolittle's class. Yes, Mrs. Doolittle, I am doing my homework. And hi to Mrs. K, Mrs. Free and Mrs. Ambrose.

On my first day in Vancouver, I already have had two really fun things happen: I was interviewed by a TV station and I saw the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.

My mom and I were walking down the street when people from CTV news came up and started asking me questions about how I liked Vancouver. I was a little shy at first, but it was fun.

Then, we were walking back to the hotel when we saw six guys with suits standing outside a building. A limo pulled up and a man walked out, surrounded by the six guys in suits. We didn't know who he was, but we asked a person next to us and she said it was the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. We looked his picture up on the Internet at the hotel, and it was really him.

My mom took pictures of a lot of the things we saw. The picture at the top is of stairs outside a building here. if you stand at the bottom of the stairs you can see the whole picture. It is amazing how they painted it.

Here are the rest of the photos:


Totem poles are everywhere in Vancouver.

Bird-deco There is artwork from all over the world here. This picture shows artwork from Taiwan.

It is called the "Double-Happiness Chicken" and is supposed to celebrate the union of marriage.

It looks nothing like my mom and dad though. Well, it does look like my dad a little.

One of the fun things about being here is seeing people from so many countries. We have seen people from Russia, France, England, the Ukraine, Finland and Norway.

They are all so friendly.

Everyone smiles at you and says hi

The next picture is a funny sculpture we saw.


That's all I have to say today. I hope you liked it. Please write me back if you did.

-- Hannah Mitchell

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Comments (16)

What a great experience for such a young person.

Great pictures, Hannah! It looks like you are having lots of fun :)

Yay Hannah! Sounds like you're having fun. Can't wait to hear more you lucky duck! :)
Love, Miss Virgie <><

HANNAH!!! I am so excited for you!!! What an incredible adventure you are on!! How exciting that you were on TV already and that you saw the Prime Minister! And that's just the beginning!!! :) :) :) I love all the pictures! You look so stylish and so cute as always! I love the picture of the Double Happiness Chicken! You are right...he does resemble your dad a little bit! hee hee :) JUST KIDDING!!!
BIG HUGS to you and your family! Can't wait to see what's next in your adventure!
Lots and Lots of Love,
Mrs. K

P.S. I can't wait to show the second graders your blog tomorrow! We'll be sure to post another comment from ALL of us! :) :) :)


You write very well, I hope you get extra credit for all of your hard work!

Look forward to reading more of your posts.


My daughter is 5 years old and loved your report on the Olympics. "Cool picture", she said. She's really excited to see the Olympic ice skaters. Have fun in Canada!

Hi Hannah,

You have readers from all around the world reading this and enjoying it very much. It is a great to see an international sporting event in the eyes of a youngster. Looking forward to future blogs.

Chris from Brisbane, Australia.

Hannah, have a wonderful time at your first Olympics and good luck with your blogging =) It looks like you're already seeing some amazing things, and the Games haven't even begun! I can't wait to see what you report to us next!

Great Job Hannah!

Hey, Hannah,
I posted a comment to you, but I don't see it, so maybe it didn't go through! Wow, it looks like you are having such an exciting time. We loved the pictures and everything you shared with us. I love seeing your big, gorgeous smile! Wow, seeing the Prime Minister! That would be like seeing President Obama. That's really cool. The class misses you so much, but we are praying for you and your family everyday!!!!! We have a froggy full of Valentines waiting for you when you get back. Did you get to see the Opening Ceremonies live? Can't wait to hear from you again.
Love you,
Mrs. D.

You are a precious girl. I am so proud of you! And so excited for you! Your adventure has just begun and you have done so much! I love your pictures. I will have to agree a little with Mrs. K. It did look a little like your Dad!
I love you! I can't wait to read more! Enjoy this time with your family! You are a blessed little girl, and you are a blessing to us!

This was really fun to read. I'm glad that you're enjoying your time in Vancouver, it seems like a great experience! I'm looking forward to reading more :)

This is coach Dave, soccer. What a great experience for you. I really like your blog. The picture of the stairs is cool. Have fun.
God bless,
Coach Dave

This is Sierra from the soccer team, Coach Dave's daughter.
That is really cool that you get to be at the Olympics. Have a great time. I look foward to seeing you next blog.
God Bless,

hi, hannah!

i found your blog through your school -- a school i also graduated from 16 years ago!

i teach english to kids in japan now, and i'll be using your blog in some of my lessons with my students! just wanted to say thanks and let you to know you're not only doing a GREAT job keeping your own classmates informed, but also helping in classrooms on the other side of the world (^-^)

keep up the good work and have fun!

Great job Hannah! Taylor misses you so much, she's counting down the days til you come home. She tells me everyday... 10 days till Hanhah comes home, 9 days till Hannah comes home. I hope you guys are having a great time, it looks like it! See you soon!


You lucky skunk. I'm so jealous you got to go to Vancouver for the Olympics. I'm so proud of your blog and hope you remember your experience there forever. I miss you little princess and hope that soon you'll be able to tell me about everything in person. Tell your sisters and parents I say hi and I love and miss you all.

your cousin princess,

P.S. I'm showing your blog to everyone I know! So proud of you!


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