02/07/2014 03:24 EST | Updated 04/09/2014 05:59 EDT

2010 Olympic volunteers share memories on CBC plaza

Dozens of blue-jacketed Olympic volunteers from Vancouver's 2010 Olympic games showed up as early as 5:15 a.m. PT at the CBC Broadcast Centre Friday to watch the opening of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and share their memories.

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.