Early this morning, Donovan and I were atop Grouse Mountain, for today’s taping of The Today Show and we had a fantastic time. For those of you that don’t know, the show is filming live from Vancouver on top of Grouse Mountain every day during the Olympics. BUT, because it is normally filmed on the East Coast, the show starts filming at 4:00am here. Yikes! Grouse Mountain gives the first 100 people to arrive a free ticket up the gondola (as opposed to paying like 90 bucks I believe during the Olympics).
Donovan picked me up at my place at 12:45am, as we figured that if there were people that were already lining up at that ungodly hour, we’d just turn back home and go to bed. When Michael Buble was on The Today Show, people lined up at 9:00pm! Keep in mind tickets aren’t given out until 3:30am. Wow. Well, we got there at about 1:20, and we were first-ish there, so we decided we’d have time to grab a snack. When we got back, there were about 6 people ahead of us, two of which were girls that worked for Coca Cola. They became our line buddies and were a lot of fun. On the flipside, this annoying lady showed up behind us and would NOT shut up. She kept joking “when are Brangelina arriving?” whenever one of the white SUV’s would roll up with some important people. It wasn’t funny. Then, after her, some crazy American woman (about 65 years old) wearing a hat with pins all over it, a fur coat, a red scarf, bright yellow shoes, and a teddy bear pack sack showed up. Oh, and she had a book by Al Roker that she was going to have him sign. She was a nightmare. She tried to tell people that she’d walked the Oscar’s red carpet, etc. and she was so negative, saying she hated Vancouver and could barely get around from all the walking she’s had to do.
Before even heading up the gondola, I got my picture taken with last night’s United States Ice Dance Figure Skating Silver Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, as well as Meredith Vieira.
Up the gondola we went. When we got to the top, the whole mountaintop was pretty much a set. Lighting everywhere to light up the wee dark hours of the morning we were in. Matt Lauer started the show inside, we saw Meredith getting her makeup done, etc. Most of the show took place outside around a bonfire. The Silver Medalists were interviewed first, then we were surprised to hear the announcement of the Canadian Gold Medalists, Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue! Donovan and I ran up to them first as they made their entrance, but they were rushed to makeup first. After their interview, we got the chance to meet them, get our photo with them, and touch their gold medals. They’re heavy!
After that Kristi Yamaguchi was up with Dorothy Hamill predicting tonight’s figure skating competition, and if you look in the shot on the show… Dono and I are VERY visible behind Meredith and the crew.
I even got a text during the taping from a friend in Miami that was watching, saying he just saw me on The Today Show. You can watch one of the clips here. Even though I haven’t gone to bed yet, I had a great time!
OUR NEW FRIENDS AT COCA-COLA
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS MATT LAUER? HE’S IN VANCOUVER
SILVER MEDALISTS: MERYL DAVIS & CHARLIE WHITE
DONOVAN WITH TESSA & SCOTT AND HOLDING TESSA’S GOLD MEDAL
KRISTI “BOOM BOOM” YAMAGUCHI
NATALIE MORALES IS EVEN PRETTIER IN PERSON