Oylmpic Torch

Here is a picture of Flat Stanley at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Cauldron. Flat Stanley was frequently spotted among the huge group of revelers. He really knows how to party!

John Timms

Community Relations Officer

Coast Mountain Bus Company

Flat Stanley at the Olympics

Sophie Mlodzik of Arkell, Ontario Canada sent me her Flat Stanley for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. I didn’t realize what a phenom he would be or how many friends we would make (because of his popularity!!). He has been seen in several places at the Olympics and even got to take part in the Opening Ceremonies!

Here he is with two of the torchbearers from the last day of the relay.  We met on our way to the Opening Ceremonies.

Vancouver is dressed up for the Olympics – there are Canadian Flags everywhere!

Flat Stanley was fitted for several opening ceremony costumes, including this one worn by the roller bladers.

Everyone was busy getting ready for the show, and so was Flat Stanley – here is is doing Yoga with Scott Price, one of the Audience Leaders.

Unfortunately, none of the performers could take cameras with them into the Stadium, but we all had a great time – Stanley included.  Here he is with some of the Audience leaders in costume…

After the Ceremony, Flat Stanley came with us to Ontario House to watch Bedouin Soundclash.  Can you spot him in the mosh pit?  They rocked!

Later that night, a lot of the cast met up, including Shayne Coyczan, the poet who wrote “We are more” for the Opening Ceremonies.

Check out his performance on YouTube

The next day, Flat Stanley helped out at the BC Victory Ceremony.  He spent the day drumming and dancing with the Gitxsan First Nation in BC Place.  The flag next to the Canadian Flag is the Gitxsan flag.  To learn more about the Gitxsan nation visit their website

At the ceremony, he got to check out the Olympic Rings – awesome!

Here is Flat Stanley with Jennifer Heill right after she was presented with Canada’s first medal of the Olympic Games!  Way to go Jennifer!

While at the Medal Ceremony, Flat Stanley met Senegal’s Olympic Athlete – Leyti Seck.  Go Senegal!

You may have noticed the Gold Medal Around Flat Stanley’s neck.  In a special private Ceremony, Flat Stanley was presented with the medal.  Here he is celebrating on the Podium.  Go Flat Stanley!

Flat Stanley has met so many people on his trip to the Olympics.  Here he is with Premier Gordon Campbell of British Columbia.

Most of all, Flat Stanley has been meeting other families and kids. Like these ones who were at the Medal Ceremony.  Everyone seems to recognize him and everyone wants their picture with him.

Flat Stanley is still having a great time at the Olympics and we’ll try to send another Flat Stanley Olympic report soon!

Vancouver 2010 – Day 2

On day two of the olympics we went to see the flame before going to the Women’s hockey game.  Unfortunately the fence that surrounds the flame was covered up and we could barely see it.  We will try again on another day.  We did meet some reporters from the Ukraine.  

The skytrain was busy with lots of excited people heading events of all sorts.  There is so much to do here in Vancouver. Here we are with one on the thousands of volunteers. Thanks for the directions to Canada Hockey Place.  The cool connection is that his brother works at a hospital in Toronto; hi from Vancouver! 

Getting into the venues takes a little time.  Here we are waiting to go through security. We played “eye spy” while we were waiting – you would be amazed how many different red things there were.

The security checks are just like being in the airport.  They scan you and your bags.  We were able to bring our “Go Canada” poster, but had to leave our water behind….

Here is the team Slovakia during the warm-up. Our hats off to the Slovak goalie, she had 63 shots against her and only let in 18 of them…. bet she was tired after that game.

2010 Olympics- Toronto to Vancouver

Our family has 3 adopted Flat Stanley’s and 1 Flat David.  Our adventure started at Pearson International Airport. Pictured left to right are Flat Stanley “Gr2″, Flat Stanley”Kiwi”, Flat David and Flat Stanley “Gr1”. 

Flat Stanleys Grs 1&2 are part of the boys school projects while they are away. Hello St. Theresa!  Kiwi comes from Tauranga, New Zealand (thanks to Randy Starkman for helping with the adoption). Flat David comes from Omemee Ontario and couldn’t come on our adventure.

Here we are heading to through security Heading to the gate

While waiting for flight, we met a lady who had flown from Lima Peru to Toronto and was on our flight to Vancouver.  She was meeting a friend and going to see the Opening Ceremonies. Ola!

Olympics 2006

Flat Stanley at the 2006 Olympics

(Special thanks to Bernard Weil and Randy Starkman)

Canada’s five-medal winner Cindy Klassen poses with “Sydney”, a scarf Star photographer Bernard Weil asked her to wear at medal ceremonies, and “Flat Stanley” a cut out doll given to her by Star reporter Randy Starkman.

Gold-medal winning cross country skier Chandra Crawford   and her proud parents on the bus

Marnie McBean and Canadian Olympic Development Association p.r. director Chris Dornan

Clara Hughes putting gold around Stanley’s neck and some Dutch fans

Oh oh- run over by the Zamboni!                                    Hiding in the flowers in Turin

From Uncle Nippy

Here are some more pictures of Flat Stanley at the Winter Olympics in Torino Italy.  He is exploring the Olympics with “Uncle Nippy”, Nippy is a US volunteer in the Olympic village which allows Flat Stanley opportunity to meet athletes from around the world.   He has ridden a snow mobile, been on the ski slopes, had lunch at an Italian deli, and met Gliz and Neve the Olympic mascots.  (see attached)

Flat Stanley was sent to Uncle Nippy from my son Daniel. He is in Mrs. Fletcher’s 1st grade class, Woodland Springs Elementary, Keller, Texas.

Uncle Nippy with Gliz and Neve

Nebraska – Swim Championships

Sacramento to Nebraska

Haley’s Flat Stanley went to watch cousin Jon Rye swim in the Nebraska State High School Swim Championship all the way from Sacramento, California.  It was televised live on NET television and flat Stanley was introduced as a celebrity by color commentators Matt Rye (Haley’s Great Uncle) and Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Josh Davis.  Flat Stanley got to wear Josh’s gold medal.

Haley’s flat Stanley went to the Nebraska Men’s basketball game on February 20, 2008.  He got his picture taken with the Nebraska Cheerleaders.  Haley’s cousin Anne Marie Rye is holding flat Stanley.

Greece- My Big Flat Greek Vacation

My Big Flat Greek Vacation

Submitted by Dale Hubert

Stanley loved his trip to Greece.

He met some wonderful people.

Stanley got some help in competing at the Olympic Stadium at Delphi.
(Take a close look at the runner’s left hand)

Even the rocks were interesting.  This piece of rock was full of fossilized shells.
It was carved into a piece of a temple at Olympia.

Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers!

He even went for a swim in the Aegean Sea.

At Meteora the monks built monasteries way up high in the mountains

“Hey,” says Stanley, “don’t blame me- this was ruined when I got here!”

There were some wonderful statues.  Do you know why the heads are missing?

Now tourists visit the Caldera, but 3500 years ago this volcano
off the Island of Santorini blew up and destroyed much of Mediterranean civilization.
Volcanic rocks washed up on the beaches of Egypt.

Flat Stanley enjoyed the sunset in Santorini