Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik will be checking in with PittsburghPenguins.com during the Olympic Games to provide personal insights from his experience in Vancouver. Here is what Brooks had to say on Sunday prior to the United State-Canada game on Sunday night.
I finally started to feel like I got used to the time change (Saturday). My roommate, Ryan Malone, and I had been getting up about 6 or 7 a.m. in the morning the first few days because we were still used to the eastern time.
The Olympic Village is really nice. The United States has an entire building, so we have run into a lot of athletes from other sports which has been really cool. There are a few athlete lounges and a medical room in the building here, so we have been able to hang out with some speed skaters, snowboarders, women's hockey players, etc, which has been really cool.
The atmosphere at the games and around the entire city has been really unique. It seems like everyone here is representing their country in some way. The entire city has been mobbed with people flooding streets that are shut down and set up for live performances/concerts.
It has been a little bit weird walking around in t-shirts in 55 degree weather when you are at the Winter Olympics. That being said, the weather has been great for ourselves and our families to walk around and be able to enjoy Vancouver, which is a beautiful city.
The best part so far for me, aside from the two games we have played, has been meeting other athletes in the village and running into a good friend and former Penguin Konstantin Koltsov. I haven't seen him in about four years, but have kept in contact with him since.