One former volunteer from New Westminster told CBC Early Edition host Rick Cluff he'd stayed at the Sandman Inn so he could be at the plaza to catch the opening right from the beginning.
Volunteers swapped stories. "I was a driver," said one.
"I walked the streets of Vancouver, answering everyone's questions," said another. "It was the best job ever.
Former Vancouver Olympic CEO John Furlong got a round of applause from volunteers who lined up to shake his hand.
Watching the opening ceremonies, Furlong says he can't help but remember what it was like for him four years ago in Vancouver.
"When you watch the glamour and the spectacle and the sport you know's there's this very happy chaos going on. Everyone's rushing around behind the scenes so today will be a day of high anxiety for the Russians because it's a live show."
CBC Early Edition host Rick Cluff, who interviewed some of the volunteers on his program, says four years later he is still impressed by their enthusiasm and spirit.
Olympic Hopes and Fears
The Games are behind us now, but four years ago, Vancouver, like Russia, faced anxiety over how they would turn out. Here's a look back at our own 2010 Olympic hopes and fears.