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Calgarians mark opening day of Beijing 2022 Olympics with celebration, protest

With the Beijing 2022 Olympics underway, Calgarians are marking the event in the former Winter Olympics host city.

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And for the mother of a novice track and field athlete, it was a particularly exciting time.

“This is her first Olympics,” said Tracy McKay, mother of skier Alexandria Loutitt. “She just turned 18 a few weeks ago.

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“It’s a surprise for us that she’s going to be in this Olympics, so we’re all super excited.”

But the difference to 15 time zones makes watching the competition a sleep deprivation.

Tracy McKay, mother of new Olympic diver Alexandria Loutitt, is pictured February 4, 2022 in Calgary.

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“I think I’ll take a nap until then and then wake up at 11 p.m. to watch the men’s and then the women’s qualifiers,” McKay said.

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“With COVID (-19), we don’t have as big of a party as we would like. And, of course, it’s midnight, so not everyone is ready to wake up at 2:45 a.m. like us to watch it live. “


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Festivals and concerns as the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics begin

Loutitt entered the ski jump for the first time at the age of 9 at Winsport.

“I thought, ‘This is going to last five minutes,’” McKay recalls. “’She won’t bring her skis from the ski hill parking lot onto the booster seat. There’s no way she’d walk up and down this hill and become a skier. ‘

“Even so, she was attracted to her from the very beginning. The bigger the jump, the more she loved it. And she has been sticking Olympic rings on her bedroom door since she was 10 years old.”

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Dale Oviatt said WinSport and Olympic Park Canada have a special connection with many of Canada’s red and white athletes.

“The road to Beijing runs right through our campus and through our Canmore campus – and of course the Olympic Oval – with 66% of them having trained or competed at these facilities.” Oviatt said. “It’s really a reason for excitement.”

Winsport is marking this opportunity by launching the 1988 Jamaican toboggan and hosting 1988 Calgary Olympics themed days.

But for other Calgarians, the Beijing Games are cause for concern.

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On the first day of the Olympics, Calgary City Hall saw a rally that included members of the Alberta Tibetan Association.

“(The Chinese government is) concealing the illegal occupation of Tibet, (the Uighur genocide) and human rights abuses in Hong Kong. So we came here to show the world the true face of China,” said association member Lobsang Thinley.

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“The Olympics represent freedom, friendship – China doesn’t really hold those and we (Tibetans) have suffered.”

Thinley points to 70 years of Chinese domination of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Protesters on the steps of Calgary city hall try to draw attention to China’s human rights record, pictured February 4, 2021.

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Protesters on the steps of Calgary city hall try to draw attention to China’s human rights record, pictured February 4, 2021.

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He said he was cheering for Team Canada. But the privilege to speak out in this country is a privilege that his Tibetans, Uyghurs and other Chinese cannot enjoy.

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“We have a responsibility to use our freedoms and privileges to give voice to those who are suffering under the Chinese regime.”

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