Olympics, The

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Olympics, The | geography, sports | A word with two meanings in BC. In most Lower Mainland conversations, it is usually a reference to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, which Vancouver and Whistler famously co-hosted. On Vancouver Island, however, it is usually a reference to Washington State’s massive Olympic Mountains, which dramatically loom over the capital city of Victoria from across the Juan de Fuca Strait.

Usage: “To avoid all the crowds during the Olympics I went across the border and camped in the Olympics…”

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  1. The Olympics — & the IOC — will always be synonymous with corruption & wasting money to me.

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