Team Colorado is ready for Paris! This page will list everything you need to know to as a member of Team Colorado at the Gay Games.
This quick guide will help you get set up at GGX. With information about the Paris transit systems, about accreditation and the opening ceremonies, some useful French phrases, and some suggest apps, you’ll be able to quickly get your bearings once you step off the plane. Many thanks to Sean Au of the San Francisco Track and Field Club for putting this together and sharing.
Team Colorado Gay Games Events
We will be hosting several events in the lead up to the Games to build excitement and camaraderie among Team Colorado athletes, and then during the Gay Games. This list will be continually updated with more details; join our Facebook group, and subscribe to our mailing list for updates.
Similar to the Olympics Opening Ceremony, the Gay Games Opening Ceremony is not to be missed! On Saturday August 4th, we will begin to gather at 4:00pm in front of the Jean Bouin stadium. City/state/country teams will then processes into the Jean Bouin stadium starting around 5:00pm. Make sure you you have picked up your accreditation badge before the ceremony! After the procession, the rest of ceremony will include live entertainment, speeches, the athletes’ oath, and more. The Jean Bouin stadium is near the Porte d’Auteuil (#10 Orange Line) and Porte de St Cloud (#9 Goldenrod Line) metro stops as well as many bus lines.
Cheer on your teammates! Please submit your event schedule to https://goo.gl/forms/zSKPqjDem3yyLYru2, or send an email to email@example.com, so that we can distribute this information to the team and build up your cheering section. Check out a current schedule of when Team Colorado athletes are competing.
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We are organizing a visit to see Claude Monet’s home and gardens in the small village of Giverny, about 50 minutes northwest of Paris on Sunday August 5. These gardens are instantly recognizable as the subject of his Water Lilies series. The current plan is to take the train from Saint Lazare train station to the neighboring town of Vernon, and then take the shuttle buses to Monet’s home.
We will start off at 11am seeing some of Monet’s most famous works at the Musée Marmottan Monet in downtown Paris. Then, we take the metro to Gare Saint Lazare; if you’d like to skip the museum, meet us at Gare Saint Lazare outside the Footlocker store at around 2:00pm, with train ticket in hand. You may want to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy on the train. We will board the 2:19pm train from Gare Saint Lazare towards Rouen Rive Droite to Vernon-Giverny. A 15 minute taxi (or shuttle bus) ride will take us to his home and gardens. This should give us plenty of time to take in the sights, and perhaps grab a bite to eat in Giverny or see the Giverny Museum of Impressionism. We’ll return on the 6:51pm train, arriving back in Paris at 7:42pm. A group of us will then find a restaurant to eat. Alternatively, folks may want to stick around Giverny or Vernon for supper and take the 8:51pm train back.
The total price for tickets to the two museums and transportation will come to about 50€ (11€ Musee Marmottan, ~20€ train if bought in advance, ~10€ taxi/shuttle bus, 9.50€ Monet House and Gardens [or save 2€ by buying your Giverney ticket at Musee Marmottan with the combined ticket]). We suggest buying your various tickets ahead of time to save significant time and hassle in lines. Everyone is responsible for purchasing their own tickets. Please leave additional time to arrive at the train stations early, since trains will leave precisely at their scheduled times.
11:15 – 13:00 Musee Marmottan Monet
13:15 – 13:45 Metro 9 Goldenrod towards Mairie de Montreuil, Metro Stops From: La Muette To: St. Augustin
14:00 – Meet at Gare Saint Lazare (Train Station) at Footlocker Store
14:19 – 15:05 TER train to Rouen Rive Droite, to Station Vernon-Giverny (2nd stop)
15:05 – 15:20 Taxi from Vernon to Giverny (or take shuttle bus: 15:15 – 15:35))
15:30 – 18:00 Monet Home and Gardens
18:10 – 18:30 Taxi or Shuttle Bus to Station Vernon-Giverny (or supper in Giverny or Vernon)
18:51 – 19:42 – TER Train to Gare Saint Lazare (or 20:51 train back, if eating in Giverny)
Tickets and More info:
Musee Marmottan Monet
- 11.00€ adult, 7.50€ for students under 25 or reduced, 18.50€ for combined ticket
- 10:00-18:00, last entrance at 17:30
- You can buy a Musee Marmottan/Paris + Monet Home/Giverney ticket for 18.50€ to skip the line in Giverny.
Claude Monet Foundation (House and Gardens):
- 9.50€ adult , 6.50€ student (18-25 years old)
- Open 9:30-18:00 , last entrance at 17:30
- 84 Rue Claude Monet, Giverny
- Print ticket ahead or electronic ticket, or wait in line.
- You can also buy a Musee Marmottan/Paris + Monet Home/Giverney ticket for 18.50€ to skip the line in Giverny.
- Will cost ~10-15.00€ each way; should buy Return trip ticket for round trip
- Buy from ticket window if your card is not chip & pin, or online in advance
- Advance tickets available here: https://www.trainline.eu/search/paris-st-lazare/vernon-giverny/2018-08-05-14:00/2018-08-05-18:00
Vernon to Giverny Taxi or Shuttle Bus
- ~15.00€ one way by taxi
- 10.00€ round trip by shuttle bus , 5.00€ one-way
- Make sure you bring cash!
- Could also bike or walk, but it is about 6km between the train station and the home/gardens
Giverny Museum of Impressionisms
- 99 Rue Claude Monet, just down the street from the Monet House
- Should be free since first Sunday of the month;-
- open 10am to 6pm, with last admission at 5:30pm
This year, Team Colorado has tech-fabric polo shirts available for purchase, as well as collectable lapel pins for trading (a long standing tradition at the Games!). We will wear these uniforms for the opening ceremony as we march in as a state and for other Team Colorado events. The polo shirts (both unisex and women’s cuts) now cost $30, sizes and styles are very limited. Check here for more information on the uniforms, and then go to our online store to place your order.
Lapel pins are also available for purchase. Trading pins with athletes from around the world is a tradition dating back to the beginning of the Gay Games. Pins cost $2/pin for 1-9 or $1.50/pin for 10+, and are available in the online store.
In order to broaden participation by Coloradans, Team Colorado offers a scholarship program to support athletes in need. Scholarships of up to $1000 will be awarded to help defer some of the costs of travel and participation. All are welcome to apply. The priority deadline to apply was March 15th, applications will now be reviewed on a rolling basis. Click here for the application form.
Remember to Submit your Physical
All athletes are required to provide documentation from a doctor of their ability to compete safely. The deadline to submit this form is June 30th, through the Paris 2018 registration portal. More information is available on the Paris 2018 FAQs webpage. An English language version of the document can be found here.