According to the local media, almost all events are oversubscribed - for example, the people who requested tickets for the men's hockey gold medal game would fill the venue seven times over. (The actual ratio of applicants:attendees will be much higher, but I can't put an exact figure on our chances; no-one is exactly sure of how many seats are allocated to Canadian residents, who are the only people eligible to apply for tickets in this first phase). So our application will be entered into a lottery system, with our Visa cards being charged as soon as the lottery is completed.
We'd originally been told that everything would be finalised by November 23rd. When we hadn't heard anything despite obsessively checking our credit card statements several times a week, an air of disappointment and resignation descended.
I just got an email containing the following text:
Due to the incredible demand for Olympic Winter Games tickets, we have slightly adjusted our timeline for the rest of Phase 1. Please take note of the new dates below.
December 1 VANOC will begin charging Visa cards
NEW - December 10 E-mail notification of ticket allocation (no information released prior to this date)
It's still highly unlikely that we'll get the hockey tickets, but hopefully we'll get something else!