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Dreams Coming True

By Isabel Kallman

P%26G_Home.pngI’m at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver right now thanks to P&G*. And, yes, it’s spectacular.
I’m here as part of a program where a few mom bloggers are coming to experience the P&G Family Home, Vancouver and the Olympic Winter Games of course. The P&G Family Home is a gorgeous building outfitted to look like a real house where the families of competing athletes can hang out all day and night long and meet up with each other during these weeks.
P%26G_Grooming.pngThey can also get their laundry done at the Tide Laundry Center and get their hair and make-up ready at the P&G Beauty & Grooming Salon and Spa ahead of their camera close-up when their son or daughter is competing. The athletes need to stay in the Olympic Village and the families aren’t allowed to visit, so instead they come to the P&G Family Home. It’s basically a home away from home for the athletes’ families. (Yesterday, I met Team USA curler Nicole Joraanstad and asked her to explain curling to me like I’m a six-year old. I still don’t get it– my bad, not hers– so her dad promised to explain it to me today).


So, I’ll be reporting back with lots of interviews over the next couple of days with cool athletes and their parents.

In the meantime, I MUST share that I was able to fulfill a longtime dream to watch Ice Dancing at the Olympic Winter Games. The Saravejo Games in 1984 were until now my most memorable one. I was glued to the TV watching Katrina Witt, Scott Hamilton and the Carruthers in figure skating. However, it was the performance of Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean — one which put ice dancing on the map– that has stayed with me for the past 26 years.

I will say this though. A couple of last night’s performances captivated me no less and I caught myself with jaw agape. (I can’t seem to embed the performances from last night that I want to highlight because I’m in Canada right now, but go to and watch the gold and silver medalists’ performances.)

And, instead here is the Torvill & Dean performance from 26 years ago that captured my heart:

Related Posts:
P&G Family Home at Vancouver Games by MomTrends
Exploring the P&G Family Home by Extraordinary Mommy
*Disclosure: P&G has flown me to Vancouver and is paying for my stay while here and that includes having attended the ice dancing competition last night. My opinions are my own and have not been paid for whatsoever.

Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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  • Cindy

    February 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I am so happy for you!


    February 23, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    What a great opportunity!

  • Mommies Magazine

    February 24, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Excellent opportunity! I am so happy for you! I really hope it works out 🙂 I just love this blog! Thanks for sharing! Feel free to visit me back 🙂

  • Michelle

    February 24, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Oh geez, I’m so jealous! I would have loved to go to the games since they’re being held so close but I had a baby instead. We’re (me and the baby) are really enjoying watching them from home, especially recorded at 3 AM.

  • Karla

    February 25, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Wow, that is wonderful, I wish I was there! I am such an Olympics fanatic. My friend sent me this card knowing how much I love the Olympics, reading this I know you will LOVE it too. Here is the link You can actually make your own, with your own photos and send around to your friends. It’s awesome. Have fun there!!!