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If you can't be inside the Olympic Games, then follow Seattle Times producers, reporters, videographers and Olympic fans as we take you to the streets of Vancouver, B.C., to show you what's happening on the ground and give you a taste of the scene swirling around the 2010 winter games.

March 1, 2010 at 11:32 AM

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A journalist's Olympic home

Posted by Tiffany Campbell

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Photo by Kevin Fujii / The Seattle Times. A journalist falls asleep in the Main Press Center's bullpen Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. Sleep is difficult to find while covering any Olympics.

I can't leave the Olympics without paying a brief tribute to my home-away-from-home, the main press center (MPC) in downtown Vancouver, B.C. This is a place where journalists worked, ate, socialized and sometimes slept. It's where the press maneuvered to get tickets to high-demand events like ice skating and hockey; where they sat often in the same place hour after hour, day after day. And when the days started to blur together, you'd wonder if some people had ever left at all.

It's where information was constantly pumping in and out from live feeds of the events across Whistler, Cypress Mountain and Vancouver; where there is a 24-hour McDonald's that was built in one day, according to an Olympic volunteer. It's where all the outlets worked, the internet connection was ridiculously fast and dozens of TVs carried all the Olympic events live.
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It's where you'd hear occasional explosions of exasperation, as in "@&#^& Twitter!" presumably when someone's twitter update had beaten someone else's story. It's also where you bumped into colleagues, past and present and where strangers would approach you to trade your Olympic pins.

It's where deadlines were met, or not, and where you could go to get information on anything big or small. It's first place you checked in and often the last place you left. While many might have stayed so long as to be sick of the sight of it, it still where you showed up everyday. It was press home.

Here our some of our favorite staff shots:

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The main bullpen in the press center. Photo by Tiffany Campbell / The Seattle Times

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Two of the sign-up sheets for writers and photographers to request tickets to high-demand events. Because interest is so high for these events, journalists wishing to cover them must have a ticket and their accreditation to enter the venue. Photo by Kevin Fujii / The Seattle Times

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The USA Today newspaper office shows off their pages and photos. USA Today has the largest number of accredited journalists for a newspaper here. Photo by Kevin Fujii / The Seattle Times.

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Canada Place is transformed into the Main Press Center for the XXI Olympic Winter Games. Photo by Kevin Fujii / The Seattle Times.

The Canada Line zooms into the Marine Drive Station in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. This is the main mode of transportation between a media hotel near the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond to the Main Press Center in downtown Vancouver. Photo by Kevin Fujii / The Seattle Times.

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Main press bullpen. Photo by Kevin Fujii / The Seattle Times.

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