From May of 2010 to September 30, 2011, we watched as cranes and people worked hard on the stadium. People were curious as to what was going on and what would everything look like in the end. On September 30 over 50,000 football fans found out as they watched our home team, the BC Lions, christen the new center with a 33 to 24 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
Most of my photos were taken before the game and the excitement I could feel from the people gathering was electric. It made me feel good and even though I had been walking for a while, energized me.
At twenty years old Williams skyrocketed down the track at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. He won the gold medals in both the 100 and 200 metre sprints. Not only did his unexpected win thrust Williams into the spotlight but also his hometown of Vancouver.
Sadly he suffered a serious leg injury during those games that he never fully recovered from. And even though Williams competed in the 1932 Olympics he was never able to regain the speed he once had. He made the difficult decision to retire from competition. Percy Williams died in 1982.
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