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From day 11 to Closing Ceremony (February 18 to 23)
Day 11, February 18 - 2014
We go to Media Center, then to Olympic Park. Claude go directly to PTC, I visit sponsors pavilions, first, then Audi and Sberbank.
I enter in the Russian fan house. We trade pins. I meet a swiss man who go to winter games.
It was not easy to come to Sochi for him, because he don't have any invitation to get a visa.
He never go in hotel, just with his sleeping bag, he sleep in the snow, whatever the weather!
It is raining. Later, the IOC president, Thomas Bach, come for visit us. I ask him: do you think that you be at the next Olympic Fair in Lausanne?
He answer me, if I am in Lausanne, I will take a moment to visit the collectors!
Day 12, February 19 - 2014
After the rain of yesterday, it's a beautiful sun for the day. I start before Claude, I stay at Media Center, I am the first of the collectors today. I make some good changes. Fede, a spanish who collect olympic mascots come with me. A dog come
to play with us, and he stay on the Fede's pins, gggrrrr! Claude arrive later. I leave the Media Center and I go to get the train for Sochi. On the way, I meet Irina. I arrive to Sochi Media Center, at 2 pm, press conference with snowboarder
Nikolai Olyunin, silver medalist in cross. I am still at Sochi Media Center, a russian journalist want interview a foreign journalist to take his impressions. Why not ? To see it, in russian, go to http://www.tvc.ru/, when? I don't know! Later,
I take again the train to Olympic Park, the sun is sleeping, I join Claude at PTC.
Day 13, February 20 - 2014
I start before Claude, I make a stop at the Media Center where I find Tim. Some trades before to go to Sochi Media. I see Nelson Montfort, sport journalist at France TV. He is not alone, Philippe Candeloro, Mathieu Bozzetto and Annick Dumont are here.
Arrived at Sochi, I go directly to Media Center, then I visit the sea port. I comeback to Olympic park. The medal ceremony will start, we have 5 frenches on the podiums. Steve Missilier and Alexis Pinturault for the Giant slalom and on the same podium for the 1st
time, 3 ski cross athlets. Just after, I go to Krasnaya Polyana to join Club France and see the medalists. Champagne!! Later, an other silver medalist, Marie Martinod. After, I comeback to te boat.
Day 14, February 21 - 2014
This morning, it is raining. We stop at the Media Center before to go to Olympic Park. Before to trade at the PTC, I go to post office and I comeback for trading.
Day 15, February 22 - 2014
Sun today ! we go to media center for some trades, not so many people. I go to Sochi, the article of Karenn Rosen is on « Arounds the Rings » : http://aroundtherings.com/site/A__46132/Title__Sochi-Pin-Trading-Falls-Short-of-Other-Games/292/Articles.
After a stay at PTC, we comeback on the boat. No taxi this evening, prices are too hot!
Day 16 Closing Ceremony, February 23 - 2014
After a brief stop at the media center, I go on the bridge to join Irina and sell the pins that I don't wanted. For the last day, we go to PTC untill start of the closing ceremony ! Irina get a ticket for the closing ceremony. We go to the Olympic stadium to see fireworks.
After we go to the boat to see the end of the ceremony. See you next time in Rio de Janeiro!!
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