Self-described “Olympaholics,” Charley Cullen Walters and Tyler Duckworth, chronicle the Games in ways other media do not – interviewing athletes, tourists and locals – all while raising money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, an organization that provides funding for Paralympic athletes in need.
Fresh from their trip to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, Walters and Duckworth tell Compete that the first-ever Olympic ‘PRIDE House’ was an especially significant experience for them:
We attended both openings for the Whistler AND Vancouver city “Pride Houses” … I must say it was all quite awe-inspiring… The fact that these even existed was a great landmark story in itself. One of my other favorite things was seeing the allies and supporters show up. For example, Jon Montgomery, who was the first Canadian to win a medal. That to me is what this was all about: not just having a place of community gathering but an outlet for supporters as well to prove, as Dean Nelson the organizer often said, “inclusiveness instead of solidarity.”
The bloggers are now prepping for the London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games.
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