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Table of Contents

1. VANCOUVER 2010 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE 4.5 District of West Vancouver 10

5. Sport Partners 11
2. Corporate Overview 3
2.1 The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 5.1 Canadian Olympic Committee 11
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
5.2 Canadian Paralympic Committee 11
2.2 VANOC’s Strategic Objectives 4
6. IOC Coordination Commission 11
2.3 Vancouver 2010 Business Plan
and Games Budget 7. VANOC Executive Team 12
2.4 Bid History 6
8. VANOC Board of Directors 12
2.5 Previous Olympic and Paralympic Games
6 9. Vancouver 2010 Official Emblems 13
in Canada

3. Government and First Nations Partners 7 9.1 The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter
Games Emblem
3.1 Canada — Host Country 7 9.2 The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter
3.2 The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Emblem
Games Federal Secretariat 10. Sustainability 14
3.3 British Columbia — Host Province 7
11. Sponsors 15
3.4 BC 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
8 12. Sport 16
Games Secretariat
3.5 2010 Legacies Now 8 12.1 Olympic Winter Games Sport Program 16

3.6 First Nations 8 12.2 Paralympic Winter Games Sport Program 16

3.7 Aboriginal Participation in the
8 12.2.1 Paralympic Winter Games Classifications 16
Vancouver 2010 Winter Games

4. Venue Locations 9 12.3 International Sport Federations 17

4.1 Vancouver — Host City 9 12.4 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Sport Program 18

4.2 Whistler — Host Mountain Resort 10 13. Own the Podium 2010 24

4.3 City of Richmond — Venue City 10 14. 2010 Winter Games Venues 24

4.4 City of Surrey — Venue City 10 14.1 Venue Investment 24

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Table of Contents

14.2 Vancouver Venues Overview 25 17. Accommodation 43

14.3 Whistler Venues Overview 25 18. Transportation 44
  14.3.1 Paralympic Venues Overview 25 18.1 Ground Transportation 44
14.4 Venue Distances 26 18.2 Vancouver International Airport (YVR) 44
14.5 Vancouver Competition Venue Cluster Details 27 18.3 Canada Line — Rapid Transit 45
14.6 Whistler Competition Venue Cluster Details 28 18.4 Sea to Sky Highway 45
14.7 Competition Venue and Sport Facts 29 19. Security 46
14.7.1 Cypress Mountain 29 20. Medical Services 46
14.7.2 Canada Hockey Place 30 20.1 Anti-Doping 46
14.7.3 Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre 31 21. Culture and Ceremonies 47
14.7.4 Pacific Coliseum 32 21.1 Cultural Olympiad 47
14.7.5 Richmond Oval 33 21.2 Olympic Arts Festival 47
14.7.6 UBC Thunderbird Arena 34 21.3 Paralympic Arts Festival 48
14.7.7 Whistler Creekside 35 21.4 Visiting Artists 48
14.7.8 Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park 36 21.5 Ceremonies 48
14.7.9 The Whistler Sliding Centre 38 21.5.1 Welcome Ceremonies for Athletes 48
15. Non-Competition Venues 39 21.5.2 Opening and Closing Ceremonies 48
15.1 Ceremonies Venues 40 21.5.3 Victory Ceremonies 49
15.2 Media Centres 40 22. Education 50
15.2.1 Main Media Centre 40 23. mascots 50
15.2.2 Whistler Broadcast and Press Centre 40 24. Torch Relays 50
16. Olympic and Paralympic Villages 41 24.1 Olympic Torch Relay 51
16.1 Olympic and Paralympic Villages — Quick Facts 41 24.2 Olympic Torch Relay Emblem 51
16.2 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Village 42 24.3 Paralympic Torch Relay 51
16.3 Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village 42 25. Ticketing 51
16.3.1 Whistler Athletes’ Centre 43 26. Quick facts ABOUT THE 2010 WINTER GAMES 51

This edition of Information 2010 includes updates as of June 10, 2008. For the latest developments, visit
All dollar figures in this update are expressed in Canadian funds.

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2.1 The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
In less than two short years, Canada will welcome the world’s
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
best winter athletes to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games. As such, the Vancouver Organizing The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic
Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) was established on
(VANOC) is travelling rapidly down the road to Games time — September 30, 2003. The Committee’s mandate is to support
towards the goal of staging stellar Games that will touch the and promote the development of sport in Canada by planning,
soul of Canada and inspire the world by creating an extraordinary organizing, financing and staging the 2010 Olympic and
Olympic and Paralympic experience with lasting legacies. Paralympic Winter Games. VANOC is guided by a 20-member
board of directors nominated by the Government of Canada, the
This edition of Information 2010 provides an overview of the
Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, the Resort
Organizing Committee, its partners and the Games host region
Municipality of Whistler, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the
while offering updated information on Games venues, sports and
Canadian Paralympic Committee and local First Nations.
other areas that are key to hosting the Games in 2010.
The VANOC mission is to touch the soul of Canada and inspire
This year has been an important one for the Organizing
the world by creating and delivering an extraordinary Olympic
Committee as we move rapidly into operating mode.
and Paralympic experience with lasting legacies. The vision is to
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2.2 VANOC’s Strategic Objectives The Games Operating Budget is financed by revenue
sources from the private sector. These sources include a
VANOC seeks to meet the following seven strategic objectives,
portion of the worldwide sale of Games television broadcast
designed to ensure it is a well-run, financially responsible
rights, international and domestic sponsorships, licensing and
organization that serves all its customers to:
merchandising, ticket sales and fundraising.
· engage the nation by sharing the journey to create a
The Games Venue Development Budget is made up of equal
distinctly Canadian Olympic and Paralympic experience
contributions from the Government of Canada and the Province
· create the conditions that will provide an extraordinary
of British Columbia.
experience for athletes and all Games participants
· build a team that passionately lives our values in order to
achieve extraordinary performance
Games Revenue Sources
· take responsibility for successful relationships with all
of our partners in order to optimize their participation in,
contribution to and legacy from Canada’s Games
· generate sufficient revenue and manage costs and risk in
order to ensure a positive financial legacy
· be a disciplined and entrepreneurial organization with
sound business processes, controls and tools that enable
us to effectively manage the business of planning and
staging the Games Private funding: 74%

· manage the social, environmental, and economic impact and Public Funding: 26%
opportunities of our Games, in ways that will create lasting
benefits, locally and globally

2.3 Vancouver 2010 Business Plan and Games Budget

VANOC is responsible for two key areas relating to the 2010

Winter Games: the construction of Games venues, and the
delivery of successful Games on behalf of all Canadians. There
are two budget areas, each with different revenue sources.

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The Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Operating Budget

The current operating budget to stage the 2010 Winter The budget for Games operating expenditures, by division, is
Games is $1,629,269,000. This is net of $197,217,000 in as follows:
marketing royalty rights from its revenue that will be paid
to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International
Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Canadian Olympic Committee DIVISION $
(COC). Revenue sources for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games
are as follows: Revenue, Marketing and Communications 126,427,000

Sport, Paralympic Games and

Venue Management
Service Operations and Ceremonies 548,130,000

IOC Contribution 579,700,000

Technology and Systems 398,500,000
Less — cost of providing
(178,000,000) Human Resources, Sustainability and
Olympic Broadcast Services (OBS) 153,144,000
International Client Services
IOC Net contribution 401,700,000
Finance and Legal and CEO Office 116,632,000
Other IOC revenue 35,000,000
Project Contingency — Games Operations 100,000,000
IOC International Sponsorship Program 201,404,000
Total expenditures 1,629,269,000
Domestic Sponsorship 760,000,000
Source: Business Plan and Games Budget, released May 8, 2007
Ticketing 231,854,000

Licensing and Merchandising 46,026,000

Paralympic revenue 40,000,000

Other 110,502,000

TOTAL REVENUE 1,826,486,000

Less: Marketing rights royalties (197,217,000)

NET REVENUE 1,629,269,000

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Venue Development (Construction) Budget 2.4 Bid History

The budget for building new venues and renovating existing In the 1960s, the Vancouver-Whistler region began its quest
facilities in order to stage the 2010 Winter Games is $580 million, to host the Olympic Winter Games. In 1970, the region was
as outlined in the table below. This is funded equally by the accepted as a finalist to host the 1976 Olympic Winter Games,
Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia. which were eventually staged by Innsbruck, Austria. In 1998,
the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) selected Vancouver to
Venue construction revenues $ present Canada’s bid for the 2010 Winter Games. Over a five-
Canada 290,000,000 year period, the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation developed
a Games delivery plan with the vision of creating sustainable
BC 290,000,000
legacies for athletes, sport development, host communities and
Total 580,000,000
the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.
Venue construction expenditures
Venues constructed by Partners with On July 2, 2003, members of the International Olympic
VANOC $ Contribution Committee (IOC), at their 115th Session in Prague, selected
UBC Ice Hockey arena1 38,445,000 Vancouver as the Host City of the 2010 Winter Games from a
Richmond Speed Skating Oval 63,110,000 field of three Candidate Cities that included Salzburg, Austria and
PyeongChang, South Korea.
Whistler Olympic and Paralympic 37,500,000
(Athletes) Village
Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic 30,000,000 2.5 Previous Olympic and Paralympic Games in Canada
(Athletes) Village
Canada has twice hosted the Olympic Games. In 1976, Montreal,
Whistler Broadcast and Press Centre 3,000,000 Quebec was the site of the Olympic Summer Games that
Training Venues / Other Grants 7,400,000 featured more than 6,000 athletes from 92 nations. In 1988,
Venues constructed / upgraded by VANOC Calgary, Alberta was the site of the Olympic Winter Games that
Hillcrest Curling Venue2 38,000,000 featured more than 1,400 athletes from 57 nations.
Whistler Athlete Centre 16,000,000
Canada hosted the Paralympic Games in 1976 in Toronto. This
Whistler Sliding Centre 104,900,000 event marked the first Paralympic Games at which athletes not in
Whistler Nordic Competition Venue3 119,740,000 a wheelchair were included in the sport program.
Cypress Freestyle and Snowboard Venue 15,800,000
This venue was also known as the UBC Winter Sports Centre. Its official name is UBC

Whistler Alpine (Whistler Creekside) 27,635,000 Thunderbird Arena.

Hastings Park Skating Venue 23,700,000

(Pacific Coliseum) This venue was also known as Hillcrest/Nat Bailey Stadium Park. Its official name is

the Vancouver Olympic Centre/Vancouver Paralympic Centre.

Other 6,270,000
Subtotal 531,500,000 3
This venue in now know officially as Whistler Olympic Park/Whistler Paralympic Park.

Contingency 55,300,000
Less: Sponsor VIK Contribution (6,800,000)
TOTAL 580,000,000

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VANOC’s Government Partners include the Government of Federal involvement in the 2010 Winter Games includes
Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver the coordination and delivery of essential services for the
and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. The partners are Games, such as security, customs and immigration. The federal
participating in a number of areas to help stage the Games — government also strives to ensure the Games leave sustainable
from venue construction to the delivery of essential services. athletic, social, cultural and economic opportunities and legacies
for all Canadians.
3.1 Canada — Host Country
The 2010 Winter Games Federal Secretariat works closely
Canada is a living mosaic of peoples and cultures from around with VANOC and with major Games stakeholders, to provide
the world. Over centuries, people from virtually every country in leadership, advice and support to interdepartmental and
the world have joined Canada’s First Nations, making Canadian intergovernmental engagement in 2010 and related initiatives.
society truly multicultural. This is reflected in Canada’s national
policies and constitution — from its official bilingualism to its 3.3 British Columbia — Host Province
protection of rights and freedoms for all — and in Canada’s
Located on Canada’s west coast, the province of British Columbia
international outlook.
(BC) is Canada’s third largest province, covering 944,735 square
Clear and well-established jurisdictions between the kilometres. It has a vast and varied landscape, made up of
country’s different levels of government facilitate effective coastal fjords, snow-capped mountain peaks, lush valleys and
decision-making for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter desert expanses. The province’s major industries are tourism,
Games. Human rights are guaranteed through a modern fishing, mining, hydroelectricity and forestry, with the addition
constitution that includes a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. of industries such as eco-tourism, film and high-tech over the
Canada is committed to bilingualism (English and French) and last decade.
multiculturalism. Tolerance and diversity are central to its
British Columbia is known for its diverse population. More than
national character. Canada has a long tradition of opening its
40 major Aboriginal cultural groups are represented in the region.
arms to the peoples of the world.
The province’s large Asian communities have made Chinese and
Punjabi the most-spoken languages after English. There are also
3.2 The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
sizeable German, Italian, Japanese and Russian communities, all
Federal Secretariat
creating a vibrant culture.
The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Federal
Secretariat, part of the Department of Canadian Heritage, is
the focal point for the Government of Canada’s participation in
the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver
and Whistler.

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3.4 BC 2010 Olympic and Paralympic 3.7 Aboriginal Participation in the
Winter Games Secretariat Vancouver 2010 Winter Games

Falling within the BC Ministry of Economic Development For the first time in Olympic and Paralympic Games history,
portfolio, the British Columbia 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Aboriginal participation is a specific function of an Olympic and
Winter Games Secretariat (BC Secretariat) is the provincial Paralympic Games organizing committee. VANOC is encouraging
agency responsible for overseeing British Columbia’s 2010 Aboriginal peoples from British Columbia and across Canada
Winter Games financial commitments and ensuring British to participate in as many areas of the 2010 Winter Games as
Columbia’s Olympic and Paralympic Games vision is achieved. possible: as athletes, volunteers, employees, entrepreneurs,
artists and performers, spectators and cultural ambassadors.
3.5 2010 Legacies Now
The Organizing Committee is working closely with the Lil’wat,
2010 Legacies Now is a not-for-profit society that works in Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations,
partnership with community organizations, non-government known collectively as the Four Host First Nations, to achieve
organizations, the private sector and all levels of government unprecedented Aboriginal participation in the planning and
to develop legacies in sport and recreation, arts, literacy hosting of the Games. The Four Host First Nations have been
and volunteerism. 2010 Legacies Now actively assists recognized by the IOC as official partners in the 2010 Games,
communities throughout British Columbia to discover and marking the first time in Olympic and Paralympic history that
create unique and inclusive social and economic opportunities indigenous peoples have been recognized in this way.
leading up to and beyond the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Together with the Four Host First Nations, VANOC is working
Paralympic Winter Games.
with other First Nation, Inuit and Métis groups throughout
Canada in the planning and hosting of the Games. The goals
3.6 First Nations of VANOC’s Aboriginal Participation department fall into five
In 1982, Canada became the first country in the world to key areas:
constitutionally establish the rights of Aboriginal peoples.
Partnerships and Collaboration
Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms states, “the existing
Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Aboriginal peoples of · recognize and respect our partners, the Four Host First
Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed.” Canada has Nations, and directly involve them in key aspects of Games
recognized, as a matter of policy, the inherent right to Aboriginal planning, hosting and legacies
· together with the Four Host First Nations, encourage
Through treaties or treaty-like agreements, First Nations are Aboriginal peoples across Canada to participate in and benefit
negotiating the power to govern their own affairs and interests from the 2010 Winter Games
in their traditional territories, while participating fully in Canadian
national life. The 2010 Winter Games will take place in the
traditional territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish
and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, known collectively as the Four
Host First Nations.

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Sport and Youth 4. VENUE LOCATIONS
· encourage greater Aboriginal participation in sport, identify The 2010 Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver, Whistler,
and develop talented Aboriginal athletes and support the Richmond, Surrey and West Vancouver.
development of Aboriginal coaches and leaders
4.1 Vancouver — Host City
Economic Development
· maximize opportunities for Aboriginal people to find jobs, Founded in 1886, the city of Vancouver is home to 600,000
win contracts, develop business partnerships and promote citizens. Including the surrounding communities, the population
Aboriginal tourism of Greater Vancouver is approximately 2.2 million. As the main
western terminus of Canada’s transcontinental highway and rail
Cultural Involvement routes, Vancouver is one of the nation’s largest industrial centres.
· recognize and celebrate Aboriginal history, arts, culture For five consecutive years, Vancouver has ranked best place to live
and languages in the world of 132 cities in an annual survey by the Economist
Intelligence Unit, the business information arm of The Economist
Awareness and Education
Group, publisher of The Economist magazine.
· raise awareness of the opportunities for Aboriginal people to
participate in the Winter Games With the ocean at its feet and the mountain wilderness at its
· build understanding of the diversity and contributions of back, the city of Vancouver is deeply committed to environmental
Aboriginal peoples in Canada sustainability. The city is also a major tourist destination. In addition
to the city’s scenic location, visitors enjoy beautiful gardens and
more than 180 parks, including world-famous Stanley Park, a
combination of natural forest and parkland near the city centre. For
three consecutive years, Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers
voted Vancouver the “Best City in the Americas.”

Vancouver has proven its unique talents for hosting major events
with great style, enthusiasm and competence. Vancouver has
successfully hosted a variety of international events, including:

· EXPO ’86 World’s Fair

· 1987 Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference
· 1996 International AIDS Conference
· 2001 World Figure Skating Championships
· 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships (along with the BC
Interior cities of Kamloops and Kelowna)
· 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup (along with Burnaby, Ottawa,
Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto)
· Globe 2008 (a global conference on business and
Vancouver 2010 is committed to achieving an unprecedented level of Aboriginal the environment)
participation in all aspects of the Games.

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Parks and Facilities With a population of more than 185,400, Richmond has been
· two major indoor ice arenas that each seat more than experiencing growth and change with remarkable speed,
15,000 people transforming from a rural, local community to a multi-faceted
international city. Once a fishing, canning and agricultural centre,
· a covered stadium with 60,000 seats
Richmond is now a modern, multicultural city with a mix of urban,
· 8 ice rinks and 24 community centres
suburban and rural settings. It has more than 90 parks, an extensive
· 183 parks, including Stanley Park (405 hectares) recreational trail system and a wide variety of recreational
· 9 golf courses, 14 swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) and amenities and cultural facilities.
181 tennis courts
4.4 City of Surrey — Venue City
4.2 Whistler — Host Mountain Resort
Surrey became part of the Vancouver 2010 family in May 2008,
Vancouver’s oceanfront setting is complemented by Whistler, one of when it was officially designated a Venue City. Surrey will help
the foremost alpine ski resorts in North America, with world-class welcome the world to the Games in 2010. It will be home to the
facilities and an intimate, pedestrian-friendly village. Incorporated in Games Preparation Centre — a facility that will play a key role in
1975, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is home to more recruiting many Games volunteers. Beyond the Games, Surrey
than 9,500 permanent residents and 2,300 seasonal residents. residents will benefit enormously as the centre is transformed into
Whistler has the largest ski area in North America, with more than a recreational facility. Surrey is situated near Vancouver and other
3,300 hectares of skiable terrain. Whistler Mountain opened in 2010 Winter Games venues.
1966 and Blackcomb Mountain opened in 1980. In 1992, Snow
Country magazine voted Whistler/Blackcomb the top ski resort in 4.5 District of West Vancouver
North America. Since then, various publications have continued to A short trip over Burrard Inlet from downtown Vancouver, scenic
award top designations to the resort. West Vancouver has a population of approximately 43,300 people
Whistler has 551 hectares of parkland, more than 100 kilometres and is home to Cypress Mountain, host of the 2010 Olympic Winter
of mountain bike trails and 15 public tennis courts. The elevation Games freestyle skiing and snowboard events. West Vancouver
of Whistler Village is 668 metres. The Blackcomb Mountain peak has some of the most beautiful parks and open space in the
is 2,284 metres and the Whistler Mountain peak is 2,182 metres. Lower Mainland.
The mountains are in the Pacific Range of the Coast Mountains. From forested mountains to rocky shoreline, West Vancouver
Approximately two million people visit the resort each year. provides a diverse landscape for a variety of recreational
opportunities. Natural park areas, including Cypress Provincial Park
4.3 City of Richmond — Venue City to the north, frame the community.
Richmond is a culturally diverse and geographically unique The West Vancouver Parks Department manages and maintains
community located 20 minutes south of downtown Vancouver and approximately 110 parks for recreational use. In addition, there
25 minutes north of the United States border. The site of the speed are more than 100 kilometres of urban and wilderness paths and
skating oval for the 2010 Winter Games, Richmond is sometimes trails that connect the waterfront, open spaces and parks to the
referred to as “the gateway to British Columbia” because it is home community. Cypress Mountain boasts spectacular views of the city,
to Vancouver International Airport. the fjords of Howe Sound and the ocean horizon.

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The Olympic Games Coordination Commission is formed
5.1 Canadian Olympic Committee
shortly after the election of a host city to oversee and assist
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is a private, the Organizing Committee in the planning, construction and
not-for-profit corporation and the largest private sector funder implementation of the Olympic Games. The Coordination
of high-performance sport in Canada. First recognized by the Commission acts as a liaison between the IOC, the Organizing
International Olympic Committee in 1907, the COC has evolved Committee, the International Federations (IFs) and the National
into a multi-faceted sport organization providing financial Olympic Committees (NOCs).
support, services and leadership to the Canadian amateur
The commission includes representatives of the IOC, the IPC the
high-performance sport community. The COC is responsible for
IFs, the NOCs, an athlete representative and experts in the fields
Canada’s involvement in the Olympic Movement, including:
of media, environment and TV technology.
· Canada’s participation in the Olympic and
Members of the Coordination Commission for the Vancouver
Pan American Games
2010 Winter Games are:
· managing a wide variety of cultural and educational
programs promoting Olympic values in Canada · René Fasel, Chairman, Switzerland
· grassroots programs where communities develop and · Fraser Bullock, USA
promote Olympic values at all levels · Ottavio Cinquanta, Italy
· selecting and supporting Canadian cities in bids to host · Gian-Franco Kasper, Switzerland
Olympic Summer, Olympic Winter and Pan American Games
· Gunilla Lindberg, Sweden

5.2 Canadian Paralympic Committee · José Luis Marco, Argentina

· HRH the Prince of Orange, Netherlands
The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a not-for-profit,
charitable, private corporation recognized by the International · Tsunekazu Takeda, Japan
Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the national Paralympic · Rita Van Driel, Netherlands
committee of Canada. The mission of the Canadian Paralympic · Pernilla Wiberg, Sweden
Committee is to develop and grow the Paralympic Movement
in Canada.

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The Executive Team is responsible for overseeing eight divisions The VANOC Board of Directors is made up of 20 members
and more than 50 Games functions. nominated by: the Canadian Olympic Committee (seven); the
Government of Canada (three); the Province of British Columbia
· John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer
(three); the City of Vancouver (two); the Resort Municipality
· Dave Cobb, Executive Vice President; of Whistler (two); the Canadian Paralympic Committee (one);
Revenue, Marketing and Communications division a joint appointment by the Band Councils of the Lil’wat and
· Dan Doyle, Executive Vice President; Squamish Nations (one); and one member nominated by the
Venue Construction division other 19 members.
· David Guscott, Executive Vice President;
Member Nominated by
Celebrations and Partnerships division
Jack Poole, Chairman VANOC Board
· John McLaughlin, Executive Vice President and Peter Brown Government of Canada
Chief Financial Officer; Finance division Michael Chambers Canadian Olympic Committee
· Cathy Priestner Allinger, Executive Vice President; Charmaine Crooks Canadian Olympic Committee
Sport and Games Operations division, Ken Dobell Province of British Columbia
Technology division Barrett Fisher Resort Municipality of Whistler
· Donna Wilson, Executive Vice President; Jacques Gauthier Government of Canada
Workforce and Sustainability division Jim Godfrey Resort Municipality of Whistler
Rusty Goepel Province of British Columbia
· Terry Wright, Executive Vice President;
Gibby Jacob Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations
Services and Games Operations division
Patrick Jarvis Canadian Paralympic Committee
Biographies of VANOC’s executive team members are available Jeff Mooney City of Vancouver
at Michael Phelps Canadian Olympic Committee
Richard Pound Canadian Olympic Committee
Judy Rogers City of Vancouver
Chris Rudge Canadian Olympic Committee
Beckie Scott Canadian Olympic Committee
Walter Sieber Canadian Olympic Committee
Carol Stephenson Government of Canada
Richard Turner Province of British Columbia

Biographies of VANOC board members are available


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Vancouver 2010 has two official emblems. They are presented is strong and unwavering. Traditionally, the inukshuk was the
together to show VANOC’s integrated approach towards the creation of a group of people working towards one goal, hoping
staging of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. to serve others with their legacy. This describes VANOC’s vision
for the Olympic Games.

The emblem was chosen by an international judging panel from

more than 1,600 entries from every region of Canada in the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Emblem design competition. Rivera
Design Group of Vancouver submitted the design, created by a
team that included company principal and creative director Elena
Rivera MacGregor and designer Gonzalo Alatorre.

9.1 The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Emblem 9.2 The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games Emblem
For centuries, the Inuit people of Canada’s Arctic have stacked
rock formations to create the inukshuk, a guidepost that In September 2005, VANOC selected Karacters Design Group,
provided direction across the vast horizons of the North. Over the integrated design and branding division of DDB Canada, to
time, the inukshuk has become a symbol of hope and friendship, design the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Emblem, which was
an eternal expression of the hospitality of a nation that opens its introduced in September 2006. The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic
arms to the world’s people every day. Winter Games Emblem represents the spirit of the host region
and country, the Paralympic athlete’s journey, and the harmony
The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Emblem, introduced that exists between the athlete, their sport and the environment.
in April 2005, is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional The emblem captures the image of Vancouver and Whistler’s lush
inukshuk. The distinctive rock formations are found across the coastal forests, dramatic mountains and the majestic sky — a
country — from coastlines to mountaintops, from small towns to natural theatre that will inspire Paralympians as they reach the
large cities — in a variety of styles. pinnacle of sport and human achievement in 2010.

The emblem offers the welcome of a nation shaped by its rich The emblem also reflects the athletes’ mountainous inner
natural and cultural diversity. Its colours reflect both Canada strength and personal transformation as they push themselves
and the host region: the blue sea, sky and Coast Mountains; to new heights in the pursuit of excellence. A dynamic human
the green forests; the red maple leaf; and the golden sunrises form is created by the valley, mountains and sun of the West
that paint the city skyline and the snow-capped peaks from Coast. This design honours that harmonious relationship by
Vancouver to Whistler. suggesting that the athlete and the mountain are one.

Like the athletes and the Games, the emblem’s strength comes
from the teamwork and collaboration of many. Each stone relies
on the other to support the whole, yet the unified structure

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For VANOC, sustainability means managing the social, economic Social Inclusion and Responsibility
and environmental impacts and opportunities of the 2010 · to convene accessible Games that have a positive impact
Winter Games to produce lasting benefits, locally and globally. on socially and economically disadvantaged groups that
otherwise would not benefit
VANOC established a set of six corporate-wide sustainability
performance objectives. These objectives are based on · to care for VANOC’s workforce, protect human rights and
Vancouver 2010 Bid commitments, best management practices ensure health and safety
of other Organizing Committees and input from sustainability Aboriginal Participation and Collaboration
experts, key partners and stakeholders. They are now an integral
· to partner with the Four Host First Nations to achieve an
part of VANOC’s strategic and business plans.
unprecedented level of Aboriginal participation in the Games
VANOC’s sustainability objectives are: Economic Benefits
· to demonstrate that sustainable innovation and practice
makes good business sense
· to behave ethically, set measurable performance targets and
communicate openly about our progress and challenges Sport for Sustainable Living
· to consult with external groups affected by our activities · to use sport, and growing athlete and public interest in
living more sustainably, to inspire action on local and global
Environmental Stewardship and Impact Reduction sustainability challenges
· to conserve natural environments and manage, mitigate and
offset negative impacts VANOC has committed to preparing five annual reports
on sustainability. The first two reports are available at

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11. SPONSORS Official Supporters
· Air Canada — Airline Services
The Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games could not take place
· BC Hydro — Clean Power Supplier
without sponsors. VANOC’s marketing program is focused on
· British Columbia Lottery Corporation — Lotteries and Gaming
securing mutually rewarding partnerships with shared values · Canadian Pacific — Freight Railway Services
to generate sufficient revenue to host successful Games and · Insurance Corporation of British Columbia —
to leave a financial legacy for sport. In addition to the direct Vehicle Insurance
revenue generated by sponsors, each sponsor’s products, · Jet Set Sports — Hospitality Services
technology and expertise are vital to the success of the · Ricoh Canada — Document Solutions
2010 Winter Games. · Royal Canadian Mint — Numismatic and Circulation Coins
· Teck Cominco — Mining and Metals
As of June 1, 2008, VANOC has met 94 per cent of its domestic
Official Suppliers
sponsorship revenue target. Through their commitment and
· 3M — Large Format Graphics, Building and Vehicle Wraps
support, the Vancouver 2010 sponsors provide the foundation · Aggreko —Temporary Energy Generation, Delivery Systems
for the staging of the 2010 Winter Games and contribute to and Temperature Control Systems
every participating athlete. · Aquilini Investment Group — Diversified Development Product/
Worldwide Olympic Partners · Birks and Mayors Inc. — Jewellery
· Britco — Modular Structures, Products and Services
· Coca-Cola
· Dow Canada — Heat Transfer and Insulation Materials
· Atos Origin
· EPCOR — Water Utility
· GE · Garrett Metal Detectors — Metal Detection Products
· McDonald’s · General Mills — Cereal and Unprepared Grocery Products
· Omega · Haworth Canada — Office Furniture
· Panasonic · Millennium Development Corporation — Developer of the
Millennium Water project
· Samsung
· Nortel — Converged Network Equipment
· Visa
· Purolator Courier Ltd — Courier and Distribution Services
National Partners · Saputo — Packaged Dairy Products
· Bell (Premier National Partner) — Telecommunications · Sleep Country Canada — Bed Frames, Box Springs and
· Hbc (Premier National Partner) —
· Sun Microsystems of Canada — Computer Network Supplier
Department Store/General Merchandise Retailer
· — Ticket Services
· RBC Financial Group (Premier National Partner) — · TransCanada Corporation — Natural Gas Pipeline Operator
Investment/Retail Banking · Vancouver Airport Authority — Airport Services
· General Motors Canada (National Partner) — · Vincor — Wine
Motor Vehicles · Weston Bakeries — Bread and Baked Goods
· Petro-Canada (National Partner) — Fuel, Oil and Gas · Workopolis — Online Recruitment
· RONA (National Partner) — Home Improvement
Print Media Suppliers
· Canwest
· The Globe and Mail

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12. SPORT 12.2.1  Paralympic Winter Games Classifications

In the alpine skiing, biathlon and cross-country skiing events

12.1 Olympic Winter Games Sport Program
at the Paralympic Winter Games, athletes compete in three
The 2010 Olympic Winter Games sport program includes seven categories based on their functional ability. A results calculation
sports and 86 medal events: system allows athletes with different disabilities within the
· Biathlon categories to compete against each other. The three categories
are: LW1-9 (standing), LW10-12 (sitting) and B1-3 (visually
· Bobsleigh and Skeleton
impaired) with each category containing multiple sport classes.
· Curling
· Ice Hockey In alpine skiing, biathlon and cross-country skiing, athletes with
physical disabilities use equipment that is adapted to their needs
· Luge
including a single ski, sit-ski or orthopaedic aids. Visually impaired
· Skating athletes or athletes who are blind compete in these events with
— Figure Skating a sighted guide. In the shooting component of the biathlon
— Short Track Speed Skating events, visually impaired or blind athletes are assisted by acoustic
— Speed Skating signals which, depending on signal intensity, indicate when the
· Skiing athlete is on target.
— Alpine Skiing
— Cross-Country Skiing Athletes with functional disabilities of the lower body compete
— Freestyle Skiing in ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling.
— Nordic Combined
— Ski Jumping
— Snowboard

12.2 Paralympic Winter Games Sport Program

The 2010 Paralympic Winter Games sport program includes five

sports and 64 medal events:
· Alpine Skiing
· Biathlon
· Cross-Country Skiing
· Ice Sledge Hockey
· Wheelchair Curling

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12.3 International Sport Federations
Paralympic Winter Games International Paralympic
VANOC is working with the International Olympic Committee,
Sport Sport Federation
the International Paralympic Committee and International Sport
Alpine Skiing IPC Alpine Skiing
Federations to develop the sport venues and conditions for the
Technical Committee
2010 Winter Games competitions.
Biathlon IPC Nordic Skiing
Technical Committee
Olympic Winter Games International Sport Cross-Country Skiing IPC Nordic Skiing
Sport Federation Technical Committee
Biathlon International Biathlon Union Ice Sledge Hockey IPC Ice Hockey
(IBU) Technical Committee
Bobsleigh and Skeleton International Bobsleigh and Wheelchair Curling World Curling Federation
Tobogganing Federation (WCF)
Curling World Curling Federation
Ice Hockey International Ice Hockey
Federation (IIHF)
Luge International Luge Federation
Skating International Skating Union
  Figure Skating (ISU)
  Short Track Speed Skating
  Speed Skating
Skiing International Ski Federation
  Alpine Skiing (FIS)
  Cross-Country Skiing
  Freestyle Skiing
  Nordic Combined
  Ski Jumping

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12.4 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Sport Descriptions

Paralympic alpine skiing events for men and women are downhill,
slalom, giant slalom and super-G.

For both the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, alpine
skiing events will take place at Whistler Creekside.


Biathlon, which comes from the Greek word for “two tests,”
combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. In Olympic
biathlon, athletes ski into the shooting range, put down their ski
poles and take five shots at a metal target located 50 metres
away. Each target has five plates, fixed in a straight row, which the
athlete must hit. The hit area size changes depending on whether
the athlete is shooting in a prone or standing position. When in a
prone position, the hit area is the size of a golf ball (45 millimetres);
standing, it’s the size of a large grapefruit (115 millimetres). Missing
a target plate can be costly: depending on the event, a missed shot
means either one minute of added time or skiing a 150-metre
Alpine Skiing
penalty loop. There are five biathlon disciplines: individual start,
In Olympic alpine skiing, racers can reach speeds of more than sprint, pursuit, relay and mass start.
130 kilometres an hour, travelling down a vertical drop that ranges
Paralympic biathlon has a long distance and short distance event.
from 180 metres (slalom) to 1,100 metres (downhill) for men and
In short distance biathlon, skiers race a 3-kilometre loop three times,
140 metres (slalom) to 800 metres (downhill) for women. The
stopping twice at the shooting range where they take five shots at
vertical drop is made even more difficult because of a series of
a metal target 10 metres away. Each target has five plates, fixed in
gates the skiers must pass through. Skiers who miss a gate must
a straight row, which the athlete must hit. If a competitor misses a
climb back up and go through the missed gate or be disqualified.
plate, he or she must ski a 150-metre penalty loop for each missed
There are five alpine skiing disciplines: downhill, super-G, giant
shot. Visually impaired skiers use an acoustic system for shooting
slalom, slalom and super combined.
that uses differing tones as the rifle is aimed toward the bull’s eye.
In Paralympic alpine skiing, racers can reach speeds of more In long-distance biathlon, competitors ski the loop five times and
than 100 kilometres an hour. Athletes are classified as standing, stop four times at the shooting range. Missing a target plate can
sitting or visually impaired and compete against other athletes be costly: for every miss, a competitor receives a one minute time
with a similar disability. Skiers with a visual impairment use the penalty that is added to the overall skiing time.
same equipment as able-bodied skiers, but ski with a guide. Skiers Biathlon events for the Olympic Winter Games/Paralympic
with locomotive disabilities may either use the same equipment Winter Games will take place at Whistler Olympic Park/Whistler
as able-bodied skiers or a prosthesis (an artificial arm or leg) and Paralympic Park.
stabilizers in place of ski poles (stabilizers are a type of crutch
with a small ski at the end). Sitting skiers use a mono-ski.

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Bobsleigh Cross-Country Skiing

In bobsleigh, racers push off as fast as they can for Cross-country skiing has two basic techniques: classic technique,
approximately 50 metres, then jump into the bobsleigh for a where the skis move parallel to each other through machine-
seated descent down the track. The driver steers down the groomed tracks in the snow, and free technique, where skiers
track, while, at the end of the run, the brakeman stops the sled. propel themselves in a manner similar to speed skating, pushing
There are three bobsleigh events: the men compete in two-and off with the edge of their skis. Free technique uses shorter skis
four-man bobsleigh and women in a two-person format. In all and is slightly faster than classic — on average about eight per
Olympic bobsleigh competitions, four heats are held over two cent faster over an entire race distance.
days, with medals being awarded to the team with the lowest
In Olympic cross-country skiing, women compete in individual
combined time, measured to 0.01 of a second.
sprint, team sprint, 10 km individual start, 15 km pursuit, 30 km
For the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, bobsleigh will take place mass start and the 4 x 5-km relay. Men compete in individual
at The Whistler Sliding Centre. sprint, team sprint, 15 km individual start, 30 km pursuit,
50 km mass start and the 4 x 10 km relay. For the Olympic
Winter Games in 2010, cross-country skiing will take place at
Whistler Olympic Park.

Paralympic cross-country skiing comprises men’s and women’s

individual events ranging from 2.5 kilometres to 20 kilometres.
For the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, cross-country skiing
will take place at Whistler Paralympic Park.

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Olympic curling consists of two events: a women’s tournament lifts, throws and synchronized jumps, spins and spirals linked
and a men’s tournament. Each tournament starts with 10 harmoniously by steps and other movements. Ice dancing
curling teams. Two teams play against each other at a time. The includes compulsory dance, an original dance and a free dance.
game is played on ice, and the two teams take turns pushing Compulsory dance is the skating of prescribed patterns to
19.1-kilogram stones towards a series of concentric rings or music incorporating pre-determined rhythm and tempo. Original
circles. The object is to get the stones as close to the centre of dance and free dance are created by each couple to music
the rings as possible. One game consists of 10 “ends” (similar to of their own choice. Required elements such as dance lifts,
innings in baseball). During each end, each four-person team spins, synchronized twizzles (a multi-rotational one-foot turn)
“throws” (slides along the ice) eight stones — two stones per and step sequences must be included in the composition of
person and 16 altogether. Team members sweep the ice clean these programs.
in front of each stone to control the stone’s direction, known as
For the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, figure skating will take
its “curl,” and the stone’s speed. At the conclusion of 10 ends, the
place at Pacific Coliseum.
team with the most points — more stones closer to the centre of
the rings — is declared the winner.

In Paralympic wheelchair curling, two teams play against each

other, taking turns pushing 19.1-kilogram stones down a sheet
of ice towards a series of concentric rings or circles. The stones
must be thrown while the player’s wheelchair is stationary.
Players may use their hands to throw the stone or an extender
cue that can be attached to the handle of the stone to push it
along the ice. The absence of sweeping is the main difference
from Olympic curling.

For the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, curling

and wheelchair curling will take place at the Vancouver
Olympic Centre/Vancouver Paralympic Centre.

Figure Skating

Figure skating consists of singles, pairs and ice dancing events.

In singles skating, skaters must complete both a short program of
required steps, jumps, spins and combinations, and a longer free
skating program. In the free skate, worth two-thirds of a skater’s
final score, athletes demonstrate their creativity, innovative
moves and technical difficulty. The pairs event also has a
compulsory short program and a free skate; however, one male
and one female skater work in unison, incorporating

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Freestyle Skiing Ice Hockey

There are three Olympic freestyle skiing events for both men and In Olympic ice hockey, eight women’s teams and 12 men’s teams
women: aerials, moguls and ski cross. Tricks in freestyle skiing compete in separate round-robin tournaments. Winning teams
include the twister, spread-eagle, iron cross and the helicopter — then advance to the playoffs. A team must not have more than
an upright 360-degree spin. In aerials, competitors strategically six players on the ice while play is in progress. The object is for
determine their inrun location based on the type of jump performed, one team to get the puck past the other team’s goaltender and
their own freestyle technique and the current environmental into the net. A regular game consists of three 20-minute periods,
conditions. Athletes are judged on the quality of take off, height with a 15-minute intermission after the first and second periods.
gained, form and body position, and how they maintain balance If a tie occurs in a game in which a winner must be determined, a
upon landing. In moguls, athletes choose which of the three to four sudden-victory overtime period is played. During the gold medal
different lines they will ski down on the mogul course. After the game, a 20-minute, sudden-victory period is played. In the event
start signal, they ski down a steep slope and over a series of offset of a tie after a sudden-victory period, a game-winning shoot-out
large bumps (moguls) as high as 1.2 metres, spaced three to four determines the winner. For the Olympic Winter Games in 2010,
metres apart. The goal is to ski down the course as fast as possible ice hockey will take place at Canada Hockey Place and the UBC
while performing the two jumps without technical errors or loss of Thunderbird Arena .
balance. In ski cross, which will debut at the 2010 Winter Games,
Paralympic ice sledge hockey follows the International Ice
athletes ski four to five runs lasting 60 seconds or longer. The
Hockey Federation rules, with a few small modifications. Instead
course, which is designed to test skiers’ skills, incorporates turns in
of standing on skates, players sit on aluminum or steel sledges
a variety of types and sizes, flat sections and traverses, as well as
fitted with two blades. They grip two double-ended sticks, one in
rolls, banks and ridges similar to those found on a normal ski slope.
each hand. One end of the stick has a sharp pick that the players
For the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, freestyle skiing will take use to propel the sledge, the other has a curved blade to pass
place at Cypress Mountain. and shoot the puck. For the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010,
ice sledge hockey will take place at the UBC Thunderbird Arena .

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Luge Short Track Speed Skating

In luge (the French word for “sled”), racers begin by sitting on Short track speed skating has several events: men’s 500 metre,
open fibreglass sleds. Pulling on fixed handles in the ice, they 1,000 metre and 1,500 metre (individual) and men’s 5,000-metre
burst out of the start. After this explosive start, they use spiked relay; and women’s 500 metre, 1,000 metre and 1,500 metre
gloves on the ice surface for extra acceleration before lying (individual) and women’s 3,000-metre relay. Short track speed
down on their backs, feet stretched out in front of them, heads skating takes place on a 111.12-metre oval track within a hockey
back to be as aerodynamic as possible. Luge racers steer using rink. Short track speed skaters compete against each other,
their legs and shoulders, and brake by sitting up, putting their rather than the clock. The competition consists of a series of
feet down and pulling up on the sled runners. Luge has women’s heats with four or six athletes. The first two athletes in each
singles, men’s singles and doubles events. In luge, the fastest heat advance to the next round until only four skaters remain for
total time determines the winner. All events are timed to 1⁄1000 the final. The men’s and ladies’ short track relays take place over
of a second. two days and consist of semi-final and final competitions. Eight
teams of four skaters plus a substitute take part in the relay. The
For the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, luge will take place at
teams decide how many laps each of their members will race,
The Whistler Sliding Centre.
with the understanding that the final two laps must be covered
by the same skater. Instead of passing a baton, the skater on the
Nordic Combined ice needs to only tag the next skater to complete an exchange.
In order to maintain momentum, however, it is more common for
The jumping portion of Nordic combined occurs first followed
the next skater to crouch and receive a push from behind.
by a free technique cross-country race. The break between
the jumping and the cross-country race can be as little as For the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, short track speed skating
35 minutes, or as long as a few hours. Known as a “Gunderson” will take place at Pacific Coliseum.
or pursuit start, the jumping results generate the starting seed
for the cross-country race that follows, with the second and
remaining athletes beginning seconds or even minutes after the
best jumper. Using pack-racing strategies, the athletes cluster Skeleton got its name from the sled used — originally metal, now
into “trains” that chase down other athlete trains. The winner fiberglass and metal — as it resembles a human skeleton. To
of the Nordic combined event is the first athlete across the start, a skeleton slider grasps the handles on either side of the
cross-country finish line. There are three Nordic combined events: sled, runs as fast as possible for approximately 50 metres, then
individual, sprint and team. dives head first onto the sled. Sliders lie on their stomachs and
steer by shifting their bodies very slightly. Skeleton has individual
For the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, Nordic combined will take
men’s and women’s events. For each, the individual with the
place at Whistler Olympic Park.
lowest combined time wins.

For the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, skeleton will take place
at The Whistler Sliding Centre.

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Ski Jumping Snowboard

In ski jumping, an athlete skis down a long ramp (the inrun) and Snowboarding combines elements of surfing, skateboarding and
launches into the air at speeds of up to 95 kilometres per hour. skiing. In the halfpipe, one snowboarder at a time performs a
Technique is integral as athletes must perform a very precise routine of acrobatic jumps, twists and tricks on the inside of a
and well-timed takeoff. Once in the air, jumpers assume the half-cylinder-shaped snow tube or ramp while moving from one
V-style and adjust their position to maximize lift and minimize side of the halfpipe to the other. The riders are judged on the
drag. Competitors are evaluated on distance and style and, while height and style of their tricks. In the parallel giant slalom, two
there is a very close relationship between the two, the skier with snowboarders race head-to-head down a course, turning through
the longest jump will often have the highest style points. An a series of gates. In snowboard cross, four racers start in a pack
exception to this can be found in the landing portion of the jump down a course, racing against each other over rolling terrain and
as long jumps can make landing in a controlled telemark position a series of jumps and ramps.
more difficult. The quality of landing can be a determining factor
For the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, snowboarding will take
in deciding the finishing place when the distances are similar.
place at Cypress Mountain.
There are three Olympic ski jumping events: normal hill individual,
large hill individual and large hill team.
Speed Skating
For the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, ski jumping will take
place at Whistler Olympic Park. Speed skating takes place on a 400-metre oval ice rink. Timed
to 1⁄100 of a second, athletes compete in pairs, skating
counter-clockwise around the oval and changing lanes once per
lap, to equalize the distance covered. The skater in the outside
lane has the right-of-way at the crossover if the skaters arrive at
the changeover point at the same time. In the team pursuit, two
teams of three athletes begin, simultaneously, on each side of
the track. Team members take turns leading, with the remaining
athletes following closely behind the leader to take advantage
of the air currents. The team completes the race when the final
team member crosses the finish line. The competition consists of
elimination rounds, leading to a final race.

For the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, snowboard will take

place at the Richmond Oval.

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Launched in January 2005, Own the Podium 2010 is a national The venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
sport technical initiative designed to help Canada’s winter Winter Games stretch over a 120-kilometre zone from Richmond,
athletes win the most number of medals at the Vancouver 2010 through Vancouver’s downtown centre and north to the
Olympic Winter Games and to place in the top three nations (gold mountain resort of Whistler.
medal count) at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
Drawing on both new and existing facilities, VANOC’s goal is to
The initiative is a collaborative effort supported by all of Canada’s create spectacular theatres for sport that provide top conditions
winter national sport organizations and the major winter sport for athletes and a welcome place for spectators to experience
funding partners, including Sport Canada, the Canadian Olympic the excitement of competition.
Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Calgary
Olympic Development Association, the Government of British 14.1 Venue Investment
Columbia, VANOC and several of VANOC’s corporate sponsors.
The governments of Canada and British Columbia agreed to
jointly fund new construction and upgrades to existing venues
for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with
contributions from the City of Vancouver, Resort Municipality
of Whistler, City of Richmond and University of British Columbia.
The Canada/British Columbia investment in 2010 Winter Games
venue development is $580 million. Working diligently with
its partners, VANOC has kept its commitment to complete the
competition venues two years prior to the Games, allowing for
testing and athlete training opportunities.

The expanded Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre will house the BC Place Stadium, in downtown Vancouver, will be the main ceremonies venue for the
Main Media Centre. 2010 Winter Games.

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14.2 Vancouver Venues Overview 14.3.1 Paralympic Venues Overview

The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games events to be The 2010 Paralympic Winter Games will highlight both the
held in Vancouver include curling, figure skating, ice hockey, ice small-town spirit and big-city facilities and provide world-class
sledge hockey, short track speed skating and wheelchair curling. exposure to the Paralympic athletes who will compete.

Speed skating will take place in Richmond and the snowboard In August 2006, VANOC proposed that ice sledge hockey and
and freestyle skiing events will be hosted at Cypress Mountain in wheelchair curling take place in Vancouver and that alpine skiing,
the District of West Vancouver. biathlon and cross-country skiing take place in Whistler. The
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) approved this concept
The Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as
in November 2006.
the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, will be held indoors at
BC Place Stadium in Vancouver’s city centre.

14.3 Whistler Venues Overview

For the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler will host Olympic and
Paralympic alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon, as
well as Olympic Nordic combined, ski jumping, bobsleigh, luge
and skeleton.

Olympic and Paralympic Villages and media facilities will be

located in Vancouver and Whistler.

Downtown Vancouver, framed by the North Shore mountains. Whistler has the largest ski area in North America, with 3,300 hectares of
skiable terrain.

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14.4 Venue Distances

Venue distances in kilometres

Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Village

Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre

Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Village

Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park

Vancouver International Airport

The Whistler Sliding Centre

Whistler Celebration Site

UBC Thunderbird Arena
Canada Hockey Place

Main Media Centre

Whistler Creekside
Cypress Mountain

BC Place Stadium
Pacific Coliseum

Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Village — 117 30 2.4 3.7 6.2 Richmond Oval

14 12 120 114 126 3 13 1.6 124

Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Village 117 — 116 115 119 119 129 125 4.1 12 10 114 128 115 8.2

Cypress Mountain 30 116 — 29 32 33 42 38 120 114 126 27 41 29 124

Canada Hockey Place 2.4 115 29 — 4.8 6.6 15 12 119 113 125 2.4 14 0.5 123

Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre 3.7 119 32 4.8 — 9.1 11 12 123 117 129 6.1 10 4.7 127

Pacific Coliseum 6.2 119 33 6.6 9.1 — 20 18 123 117 129 5.6 20 5.7 127

Richmond Oval 14 129 42 15 11 20 — 17 132 126 132 16 7.3 15 136

UBC Thunderbird Arena 12 125 38 12 12 18 17 — 129 123 135 12 17 13 133

Whistler Creekside 120 4.1 120 119 123 123 132 129 — 15 6.3 118 131 119 4.3

Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park 114 12 114 113 117 117 126 123 15 — 22 111 125 113 20

The Whistler Sliding Centre 126 10 126 125 129 129 138 135 6.3 22 — 124 137 125 2.6

Main Media Centre 3 114 27 2.4 6.1 5.6 16 12 118 111 124 — 15 1.9 121

Vancouver International Airport 13 128 41 14 10 20 7.3 17 131 125 137 15 — 14 135

BC Place Stadium 1.6 115 29 0.5 4.7 5.7 15 13 119 113 125 1.9 14 — 123

Whistler Celebration Site 124 8.2 124 123 127 127 136 133 4.3 20 2.6 121 135 123 —

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14.5 Vancouver Competition Venue Cluster Details

Venue Events Venue Elevation Construction Program

Cypress Mountain Olympic 12,000 930 m New runs, upgrades to existing runs
· Freestyle Skiing in each and construction of snowmaking
· Snowboard of two facilities complete and operational
The freestyle venue became
competition-ready in November

Canada Hockey Olympic 18,630 8m Complete and operational

Place · Ice Hockey

Vancouver Olympic Olympic 6,000 74 m New facility scheduled for

Centre · Curling completion by fall 2008
Vancouver Paralympic
Paralympic Centre · Wheelchair Curling

Pacific Coliseum Olympic 14,239 26 m Renovation of existing facility

· Figure Skating complete and operational
· Short Track Speed Skating

Richmond Oval Olympic 8,000 sea level New facility under construction
· Speed Skating scheduled for completion by
fall 2008

UBC Thunderbird Olympic 7,200 90 m New facility, complete and

Arena · Ice Hockey operational
· Ice Sledge Hockey

Note: An updated list of official venue names will be published once all names have been approved.

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14.6 Whistler Competition Venue Cluster Details

Venue Events Venue Elevation Construction Program

Whistler Creekside Olympic Olympic 810 m Upgrades to existing runs and

· Alpine Skiing 7,600 (finish area) snowmaking system complete and
(speed and operational
technical events) Paralympic
Paralympic 6,000
· Alpine Skiing

Whistler Olympic Olympic 12,000 850 m to Complete and operational

Park · Biathlon in each 910 m
· Cross-Country Skiing of three
· Nordic Combined stadiums
· Ski Jumping
Whistler Paralympic Paralympic
Paralympic Park · Biathlon 6,000
· Cross-Country Skiing

The Whistler Olympic 12,000 935 m (top), Complete and operational

Sliding Centre · Bobsleigh 785 m (bottom)
· Luge
· Skeleton

Note: An updated list of official venue names will be published once all names have been approved.

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14.7 Competition Venue and Sport Facts Scope of Work for 2010
Venue upgrades include modifications to existing runs, a new
14.7.1  Cypress Mountain in-ground halfpipe, a snowmaking system and water reservoir,
·  Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard (Olympic Winter Games) lighting, a new freestyle site for aerials and moguls, and a
re-graded parallel giant slalom course.

Venue Capacity: 12,000 in each of two temporary stadiums Timeline

Elevation: 930 m
Construction began in May 2006, following a comprehensive
Olympic Winter Games Events: environmental review. Venue improvements were completed by
Freestyle Skiing Snowboard fall 2007. In November 2006, the freestyle venue became the
(6 events): (6 events): first 2010 Winter Games site to be ready for competition.
Aerials Parallel Giant Slalom
   Men, Ladies    Men, Ladies Post-Games Use
Moguls Halfpipe Cypress Mountain is one of the most popular skiing areas in
   Men, Ladies    Men, Ladies British Columbia, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors
Ski Cross Snowboard Cross each year. The 2010 Winter Games upgrades will enhance the
   Men, Ladies    Men, Ladies Cypress experience for both recreational and competitive users.

VANOC Investment
The International Ski Federation uses the term “ladies” in its event listings.
Improvements to Cypress Mountain are estimated at $16.7
million. The governments of Canada and British Columbia
have agreed to jointly fund new construction and upgrades to
existing venues.

Freestyle Skiing
Moguls skiing was added to the official program of the
Albertville 1992 Winter Games and aerials were added at the
Lillehammer 1994 Winter Games.

Ski Cross
Ski cross will be introduced to the Olympic program at the
Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.
Freestyle ramps at Cypress Mountain

Venue Description Snowboard was introduced as an official event with
Cypress Mountain is located in Cypress Provincial Park, adjacent giant slalom and halfpipe featured at the Nagano 1998
to the District of West Vancouver. The mountain is served by an Winter Games. Snowboard cross was introduced at the
excellent highway and offers spectacular views of Vancouver Torino 2006 Winter Games.
and its harbour.

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14.7.2 Canada Hockey Place Scope of Work for 2010

·  Ice Hockey (Olympic Winter Games) On June 7, 2006, VANOC and the International Ice Hockey
Federation announced that the 2010 ice hockey tournaments
Venue Capacity: 18,630 will be played on North American-size ice surfaces, rather
than converting to the larger international size. This decision
Elevation: 8 m
precluded any modifications to be made to the existing ice
Olympic Winter Games Events (2 events):
sheet. Additional locker rooms will be built as part of the venue
   Ice Hockey Men’s Tournament (12 teams)
preparations for the Games.
   Ice Hockey Women’s Tournament (8 teams)

Post-Games Use

Canada Hockey Place hosts approximately 100 events each year,

ranking it among the busiest facilities in North America.

Ice Hockey

Ice hockey first appeared in the Antwerp 1920 Summer Games

and was part of the competition at the inaugural Olympic Winter
Games in 1924 in Chamonix, France. Women’s hockey was added
to the Olympic program at the Nagano 1998 Winter Games.

Canada Hockey Place, located in downtown Vancouver.

Venue Description

The 2010 Olympic Winter Games ice hockey tournaments will

be staged in two venues — Canada Hockey Place and the UBC
Thunderbird Arena . In addition to being home to the Vancouver
Canucks of the National Hockey League, the facility is one of
the most active entertainment venues in North America. Since
it opened in September 1995, it has attracted the biggest
names in show business to its stage and welcomed more than
10 million visitors through its doors.

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14.7.3 Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre Scope of Work for 2010

·  Curling (Olympic Winter Games) A preliminary environmental assessment has been completed and
·  Wheelchair Curling (Paralympic Winter Games) approved. The project includes construction of a new arena with
temporary seating for the Games and an adjoining aquatic centre.
Venue Capacity: 6,000
Elevation: 74 m Timeline

Olympic Winter Games Events (2 events): Construction of the arena started in March 2007 and is scheduled
   Men’s 10-team tournament to be completed by fall 2008.
   Women’s 10-team tournament
Post-Games Use
Paralympic Winter Games:
   Mixed 10-team tournament After the 2010 Winter Games, the curling venue will become a
multi-purpose community recreation centre that will include an ice
hockey rink, gymnasium, library and six to eight sheets of curling
ice. Attached to and being constructed with the new curling
venue and community centre is a new aquatic centre with a
50-metre pool and leisure pool, to be managed by the Vancouver
Board of Parks and Recreation.

VANOC Investment

VANOC’s investment in the curling/wheelchair curling facility is

$40 million. The City of Vancouver is responsible for the balance
of the project costs.


Curling appeared four times as a demonstration sport in

Construction of the curling/wheelchair curling facility, February 2008.
the Olympic Winter Games — in 1924, 1932, 1988 (when
women’s curling appeared for the first time in Olympic Games
competition) and 1992 — before making its official Olympic
Venue Description Games debut at the Nagano1998 Games with the men’s
and women’s tournaments.
The venue is located in a lively Vancouver community that
includes the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park and views of the
Wheelchair Curling
local mountains. The park is well served by public transportation.
Wheelchair curling debuted at the Torino 2006 Paralympic
Winter Games. It is governed and played according to the rules
of the World Curling Federation with only one modification for
wheelchair users: no sweeping.

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14.7.4  Pacific Coliseum Scope of Work for 2010

· Figure Skating and Short Track Speed Skating The upgrades to Hastings Park are part of long-term restoration
(Olympic Winter Games) plans that began in 1994. Structural and cosmetic renovations
will revitalize the Pacific Coliseum to address Olympic Games and
community needs. The replacement of nearly 16,000 seats and
Venue Capacity: 14,239
the expansion of the ice surface to international size have been
Elevation: 26 m
completed. The balance of the building and technical changes for
Olympic Winter Games Events: the Pacific Coliseum include ice plant improvements and upgrades
Figure Skating Short Track Speed Skating to washroom facilities, concession space, building heating/
(4 events): (8 events): ventilation/air conditioning and dehumidification systems.
Men’s Singles 500 m — Men, Ladies
Ladies’ Singles 1,000 m — Men, Ladies
Pairs 1,500 m — Men, Ladies Major capital upgrades were completed in fall 2007.
Ice Dancing 3,000 m Relay — Ladies
5,000 m Relay — Men
Post-Games Use
The International Skating Union uses the term “ladies” in its event listings. As the largest building within the Hastings Park complex, the
Pacific Coliseum will continue to serve as a venue for events
such as ice shows, boxing, basketball, hockey, concerts, large
assemblies and trade and consumer shows.

VANOC Investment

Improvements to the Pacific Coliseum are estimated at $20.4

million. The governments of Canada and British Columbia are
jointly funding the upgrades to the existing facility.

Figure Skating

Figure skating was added to the Olympic program for the 1908
Summer Games, when competitions were able to be held indoors.
The Pacific Coliseum is located in Hastings Park, close to Vancouver’s downtown core.
Figure skating became an official Olympic Winter Games sport at
the 1924 Winter Games in Chamonix, France.

Venue Description
Short Track Speed Skating
The Pacific Coliseum at Hastings Park is at the core of one of the Short track speed skating was first included in the official
City’s major event sites. As home to an annual fair that attracts program at the Albertville 1992 Winter Games.
up to 60,000 people a day, this site is very well served by
public transportation.

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14.7.5  Richmond Oval Scope of Work for 2010

·  Speed Skating (Olympic Winter Games) The Richmond Oval will house a 400-metre track within the new
33,750-square-metre facility. Key design elements include a
state-of-the-art ice plant with superior air quality and climate
Venue Capacity: 8,000
controls. Facilities and systems will include offices, timing
Elevation: Sea level
and athlete monitoring equipment, and fitness and strength
Olympic Winter Games Events (12 events): training areas.
Men: Ladies:
500 m 500 m
1,000 m 1,000 m
1,500 m 1,500 m Construction began in September 2005 with completion
5,000 m 3,000 m scheduled for fall 2008.
10,000 m 5,000 m
Team Pursuit Team Pursuit Post-Games Use

The International Skating Union uses the term “ladies” in its event listings.
After the Games, the Richmond Oval will become an international
centre of excellence for sports and wellness. The facility’s
flexible design will allow it to be used for a variety of sport and
community functions. The facility will be the centrepiece of a
major new urban waterfront neighbourhood featuring a mix of
residential, commercial and public amenity development.

VANOC Investment

VANOC’s contribution to the oval project is $63.3 million. The

governments of Canada and British Columbia are jointly
funding a portion of new construction. The City of Richmond is
responsible for the majority of project costs and for building the
facility, which includes a new waterfront plaza, park and parkade.

In mid-January 2008, the final section of the Richmond Oval’s massive 6.5-acre roof
was lifted into place. The venue’s unique roof is constructed primarily of pine beetle- Speed Skating
damaged timber.
Speed skating has been a part of the Olympic program
since the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924.
Venue Description
Women’s events were first included at the Squaw Valley
The Richmond Oval site is located on the banks of the Fraser 1960 Winter Games.
River, 14 kilometres south of downtown Vancouver. The site,
in the northwest corner of Richmond, is across the river from
Vancouver International Airport and near Richmond city centre.

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14.7.6  UBC Thunderbird Arena Scope of Work for 2010

·  Ice Hockey (Olympic Winter Games) The redevelopment includes the refurbishing of the existing
·  Ice Sledge Hockey (Paralympic Winter Games) competition arena and the construction of two new ice sheets:
one which will be used for the competition arena, and one that
will be used for a future training ice sheet.
Venue Capacity: 7,200
Elevation: 90 m
Olympic Winter Games Events (2 events):
   Ice Hockey Men’s Tournament Construction began in April 2006 and will be completed by
   Ice Hockey Women’s Tournament summer 2008.

Paralympic Winter Games Event:

Post-Games Use
   Men’s 8 team tournament
Following the Games, the UBC venue will become a recreational
and high-performance multi-sport legacy facility. The new
training arena will be easily convertible for ice sledge hockey
training and competition use.

VANOC Investment

VANOC’s investment in the UBC Thunderbird Arena is $38.5 million.

The University of British Columbia is responsible for the balance
of construction costs.

Ice Hockey
The UBC Thunderbird Arena will become a recreational and high-performance Ice hockey first appeared in the Antwerp 1920 Summer Games
multi-sport centre after the Games. Rendering: Kasian Architecture
and was part of the competition at the inaugural Olympic Winter
Games in 1924 in Chamonix. Women’s hockey was added to the
Olympic program at the Nagano 1998 Winter Games.
Venue Description
Ice Sledge Hockey
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is located on a
sprawling ocean-side campus on Vancouver’s west side, well Ice sledge hockey is governed by the International Paralympic
served by public transport. VANOC secured an agreement with Committee through the International Paralympic Ice Hockey
UBC to locate a new competition arena for the Olympic and Committee. It follows the rules of the International Ice Hockey
Paralympic Games on the site of the existing Thunderbird Winter Federation, with certain modifications. Ice sledge hockey
Sport Complex. was introduced to the Paralympic Winter Games program in
1994 in Lillehammer.

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14.7.7 Whistler Creekside

·  Alpine Skiing (Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games) Paralympic Games alpine skiing events will take place on Franz’s
Run at Whistler Creekside.
Olympic Winter Games Venue Capacity: 7,600
Paralympic Winter Games Venue Capacity: 6,000 Scope of Work for 2010

Finish Area Elevation: 810 m Improvements include contouring and reshaping of the men’s
Olympic Winter Games Events Paralympic Winter Games and women’s downhill courses and additions to the existing
(10 Events): Events (30 Events): snowmaking system.
Downhill — Men, Ladies Downhill — Men, Women
Super G — Men, Ladies Super G — Men, Women Timeline
Giant Slalom — Men, Ladies Giant Slalom — Men, Women Improvements began in summer 2006 and were completed by
Slalom — Men, Ladies Slalom — Men, Women fall 2007.
Super Combined — Men, Ladies Super Combined — Men,
Post-Games Use

The International Ski Federation uses the term “ladies” in its event listings. Whistler Creekside will continue to offer a world-class ski area
to recreational skiers and will be a site for future international
competitions and Canadian team training.

VANOC Investment

Improvements to Whistler Creekside are estimated at

$27.6 million. The governments of Canada and British Columbia
have agreed to jointly fund new construction and upgrades.

Alpine Skiing at the Olympic Winter Games

The Whistler Creekside venue, which will host a number of events during the Alpine skiing became part of the Olympic program at the
2010 Winter Games.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 Games, with a men’s and women’s
combined event.
Venue Description
Consistently ranked one of the top ski resorts in North America, Alpine Skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games
Whistler welcomes more than two million visitors each year. Alpine Skiing was introduced at the first Paralympic Winter
The resort has extensive experience hosting FIS World Cup Games in 1976 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Paralympic alpine skiing
competitions. The men’s downhill course for the 2010 Olympic is governed by the International Paralympic Committee through
Winter Games, the Dave Murray Downhill, is a well-respected the International Paralympic Alpine Skiing Committee. The rules
and challenging course. The women’s downhill course for of the International Ski Federation are used for the Paralympic
2010 is Franz’s Run. Winter Games.

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14.7.8 Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park Olympic Winter Games Venue Capacity: 12,000
· Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, in each of three stadiums
Ski Jumping (Olympic Winter Games) Paralympic Winter Games Venue Capacity: 6,000
· Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing (Paralympic Winter Games) Elevation: 850 m — 910 m
Olympic Winter Games Events:
Olympic Venue Description Ski Jumping (3 Events):
Men’s Individual NH
The compact, two-square-kilometre Olympic Games core area
Men’s Individual LH
includes three separate stadiums located about 500 metres
Men’s Team LH
apart. Approximately 14 kilometres of competition trails for
cross-country skiing (two separate five-kilometre loops) and Nordic Combined (3 Events):
biathlon (one four-kilometre loop) will be built, in addition to Men’s NH/15 km Individual
eight kilometres of training trails. The two ski jumps (normal hill Men’s LH/7.5 km Sprint
and large hill) will be visible to all visitors as they enter the venue. Men’s LH 4 x 5 km Team
An additional 20 to 25 kilometres of recreational trails will cover Cross-Country Skiing (12 events):
spectacular cross-country ski terrain, next to the Olympic Games Men: Ladies:
core area. A 10,500-square-foot day lodge will be part of the 15 km + 15 km Pursuit 7.5 km + 7.5 km Pursuit
athletes’ compound. Sprint Sprint
Team Sprint Team Sprint
4 x10 km Relay 4 x 5 km Relay
Paralympic Venue Description
15 km Interval Start 10 km Interval Start
All the Paralympic cross-country skiing and biathlon events will 50 km Mass Start 30 km Mass Start
start and finish from the Olympic cross-country stadium and Biathlon (10 events):
will use parts of the Olympic cross-country competition trails. Men: Women:
Competition courses include a five-kilometre course for the 4 x 7.5 km Relay 4 x 6 km Relay
standing classes and a 3.75-kilometre course for the sit-ski 10 km Sprint 7.5 km Sprint
classes. Several kilometres of training trails will be available 12.5 km Pursuit 10 km Pursuit
near the Paralympic competition courses. A temporary, portable 15 km Mass Start 12.5 km Mass Start
10-metre biathlon range will be set up in the stadium for the 20 km Individual 15 km Individual
biathlon events. Paralympic Winter Games Events:

Scope of Work for 2010 Biathlon Cross-Country Skiing

(12 events): (20 events):
The construction project involves the competition facilities, Men’s 12.5 km Sprint (Men’s and Women’s)
technical sport buildings at each of the stadiums, sewer, water, Men’s Sprint Pursuit 10 km (Men’s and Women’s)
and power services, access roads, internal roads, parking lots, a Women’s 10 km 15 km (Men’s and Women’s)
day lodge and other related infrastructure facilities. Women’s 12.5 km 20 km (Men’s)
Women’s Sprint Pursuit Relay (Men’s and Women’s)

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Construction of the permanent elements of the Nordic venue Several other changes in the event format, techniques and
began in April 2005 and was completed by fall 2007. Temporary competition distances have occurred for cross-country skiing and
construction and facilities set up will commence in summer 2009. Nordic combined since 1924.

Post-Games Use Biathlon at the Olympic Winter Games

The Nordic venue will serve as a legacy for the enjoyment of The men’s biathlon was first held as an official Olympic event
local residents, visitors and athletes in a variety of ways, from at the Squaw Valley 1960 Winter Games. The first women’s
recreational to high performance sport use. event was added to the Olympic program at the Albertville 1992
Winter Games.
VANOC Investment

Construction of Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park is estimated at Cross-Country Skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games
$119.7 million. The governments of Canada and British Columbia
Cross-country skiing first appeared at the 1976 Paralympic
have agreed to jointly fund new construction.
Winter Games in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.

Cross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping

at the Olympic Winter Games Biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games

Nordic combined individual events and cross-country skiing have Biathlon was introduced at the 1988 Winter Games in Innsbruck.
been included since the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix,
Cross-country skiing and biathlon are governed by the
France in 1924. The ski jumping competition on the large hill was
International Paralympic Committee through the IPC’s Nordic
first included on the Olympic program for the Innsbruck 1964
Skiing Committee, following modified rules of the International
Winter Games.
Ski Federation and the International Biathlon Union.

Overview of Nordic venue trail system in October 2006 Completed ski jumps at Whistler Olympic Park.

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14.7.9 The Whistler Sliding Centre Timeline

·  Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton (Olympic Winter Games) Construction began in June 2005, with the track completed by
winter 2007.
Venue Capacity: 12,000
Elevation: 930 m (top), 785 m (bottom) Post-Games Use
Olympic Winter Games Events: The Whistler Sliding Centre will be operated under the direction of
Bobsleigh (3 events): the Whistler Legacy Society, supported by an endowment trust
Four-man that was established by the federal and provincial governments
Two-man as part of their 2010 Winter Games venues investment. This
Women high-performance competition centre, located in the heart of the
Skeleton (2 events): Whistler/Blackcomb resort, will introduce sliding sports to the
Men area’s many visitors.
Luge (3 events): VANOC Investment
Construction of The Whistler Sliding Centre is estimated at
Singles — Men
$104.9 million. The governments of Canada and British Columbia
Singles — Women
have agreed to jointly fund new construction.

Venue Description
Located on Blackcomb Mountain in the resort of Whistler,
Bobsleigh has been part of the official program since the first
the new sliding track is integrated into Whistler’s long-term
Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924. Women’s bobsleigh
resort development plan. The Whistler Sliding Centre will be
was introduced at the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games.
an excellent site to showcase sliding sports to the public. Its
location near several of the resort’s world-class hotels will attract
many tourists, providing a sustainable revenue stream towards Skeleton
the Centre’s long-term operations. Skeleton first appeared at the 1928 Winter Games and then
again in 1948, both times the Games were held in St. Moritz. The
Scope of Work for 2010 sport returned to the Olympic Winter Games program in 2002 in
Salt Lake City.
The project features construction of a new 1,450-metre
competition-length concrete sliding track, refrigeration facilities,
support buildings and access road. Luge

Luge made its Olympic Games debut at the 1964 Olympic Winter
Games in Innsbruck.

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Gross Venue
Venue Events Elevation Construction Program

BC Place Stadium · Olympic Winter Games Opening 60,000 8m Upgrades to existing facility
Ceremony around regular operations
· Olympic Winter Games Closing
· Nightly Victory Ceremonies
· Paralympic Winter Games
Opening Ceremony

Whistler · Nightly Victory Ceremonies for 8,000 668 m New site under development
Celebration Site the Olympic Winter Games
· Paralympic Winter Games Closing

Main Media Centre · International Broadcast Centre Accredited sea level Expansion of existing convention
at the Vancouver · Main Press Centre media centre underway, scheduled for
Convention and completion in early 2009
Exhibition Centre

Whistler Broadcast · Broadcast and press services TBD 668 m Renovation complete
and Press Centre
at the Whistler
Conference Centre

Note: An updated list of official venue names will be published once all names have been approved.

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15.1 Ceremonies Venues

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic Expansion of the VCEC began in November 2004 and will be
Winter Games and the Opening Ceremony for the 2010 completed in early 2009. The expanded convention centre will
Paralympic Winter Games will be held indoors in the BC Place provide more than 59,000 square metres of functional space.
Stadium in downtown Vancouver. BC Place will be the site of the
nightly Victory Ceremonies and cultural performances during the 15.2.2 Whistler Broadcast and Press Centre
2010 Olympic Winter Games. Covering four hectares, BC Place
Stadium is the world’s largest air-supported domed stadium. The Whistler Broadcast and Press Centre will be located in the
existing Whistler Conference Centre, in the heart of Whistler
Nightly medals presentations for the 2010 Olympic Winter Village, within 17 kilometres of all Whistler competition venues.
Games will also be held in Whistler, at an outdoor Celebration Site It will include the press centre and mountain broadcast centre.
in the town centre. This Celebration Site will also be the venue The Whistler Conference Centre provides more than 4,600
for the Closing Ceremony for the Paralympic Winter Games. The square metres of functional space for the 2010 Winter Games
Paralympic Arts Festival will take place during the Games in mountain broadcast and press operations. It will also serve as the
Vancouver and Whistler venues. main broadcast centre for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

15.2 Media Centres

Vancouver 2010 will operate two full-service media centres

during the 2010 Winter Games, in addition to press and
broadcast facilities at each competition venue.

15.2.1 Main Media Centre

Located in the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre

(VCEC) on the city’s waterfront, the Main Media Centre (MMC)
will house the Main Press Centre (MPC) and the International
Broadcast Centre (IBC). This venue allows VANOC to provide a
common location with shared services for press and broadcasters
— the preferred Olympic Games model. The MMC will be
operational 24 hours a day during the Games and will offer
services such as catering facilities, a bank, post office, general
store and newsstand.

A highly distinctive timepiece, the illuminated Vancouver 2010 Countdown Clock was
unveiled on February 12, 2007.

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16. OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC VILLAGES 16.1 Olympic and Paralympic Villages — Quick Facts

In addition to providing the best possible conditions for the Resident Capacity (athletes and team officials):
2010 Winter Games athletes, VANOC will provide villages in both
· Olympic Villages: 5,300 total residents
Vancouver and Whistler focused on delivering all the necessary
services, along with the comforts of home, to allow athletes to · Paralympic Villages: 2,000 total residents
perform at their best.
Venue Elevation Construction Status
The Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver is located on
Vancouver 5m · Site clearing and grading is
Vancouver’s inner waterfront with extraordinary views of the
Olympic and complete
city’s downtown skyline and nearby mountains.
Paralympic · Excavation works have begin
The Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler is surrounded by Village
· Building construction to
magnificent coastal forests adjacent to the Cheakamus River
begin in 2007
gorge at the southern entrance to Whistler.

At Games time, both villages will provide everything that athletes Whistler 625 m · Site clearing and grading is
need to prepare, train, relax, contact home, make friends and Olympic and complete
soak up the experience of a lifetime. Paralympic · Building construction to
Village begin in 2007
Services and facilities will include:

· 24-hour dining hall and casual dining locations

· transportation hub
· resident services centres
· athlete training facilities
· 24-hour polyclinic service
· sport information centre
· team welcoming ceremonies stage
· athletes lounges and celebration rooms
· internet lounge
· multi-faith centre
· music lounge and discotheque, game rooms, DVD viewing
· general store and Vancouver 2010 merchandise shop
Construction site of the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver, located
· bank and post office on the southeast shore of False Creek, across from the city’s downtown and
BC Place Stadium.
· other informal gathering places

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16.2 Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver

The Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver will feature Village site are the Cheakamus River and forested lands. The
modern low- and mid-rise accommodation for 2,750 athletes and site is accessed by a two-lane road and single-lane bridge from
team officials during the Olympic Winter Games and 1,000 during Highway 99 (the main route between Vancouver and Whistler),
the Paralympic Winter Games, with wheelchair accessibility and less than one kilometre to the west.
planned for 300 beds. The Village is located an average distance
The conceptual site plan includes the development of land for
of 12 kilometres from Vancouver-area competition venues.
the Games-time functions to accommodate the Village Plaza
Athletes will be able to walk, bus or take a passenger ferry to
and the non-housing functions of the residential zone, back-of-
the city’s shopping and entertainment districts and enjoy nightly
house areas and some of the required parking and transportation
medal ceremonies and cultural celebrations just minutes away at
needs. The area will undergo site grading to meet accessibility
BC Place Stadium.
and functional requirements. Supplemental parking has been
Development of the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver proposed on the adjacent cleared lands.
in southeast False Creek is being managed by the City of
VANOC’s investment in the Olympic and Paralympic Village
Vancouver, with VANOC acting as a third-party advisor. It will
Whistler is $37.5 million. The project is being managed by the
conform to the City of Vancouver’s plan to create a sustainable
Whistler 2020 Development Corporation.
community in the area. The 1,100-unit project represents the
commencement of the final stage in the complete renewal of After the Games, the Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler
the False Creek site, begun by the local, provincial and federal will leave employee housing in a new neighbourhood that will
governments in the 1970s. be a model of sustainable living. The site will also accommodate
an athlete centre comprising of a high-performance centre and
VANOC’s investment in the Olympic and Paralympic Village
affordable accommodation for athletes in training. VANOC has
Vancouver is $30 million.
also made a commitment for a Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations
After the Games, the Vancouver Village will be developed into housing legacy.
a model sustainable community with market and affordable
housing, parkland, and office and shopping complexes.

16.3 Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler

The Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler site is located within

the scenic Cheakamus Valley. The Village is less than 20 minutes
from all the Whistler competition venues. It is designed for 2,750
athletes and team officials during the Olympic Winter Games and
1,000 athletes and team officials during the Paralympic Winter
Games, with wheelchair accessibility planned for 300 beds. A
short shuttle ride will take athletes to the heart of Whistler’s
Construction is proceeding at the site of the Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler.
town centre and the nightly medal ceremonies at the Whistler
celebration site. Surrounding the Olympic and Paralympic

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16.3.1 Whistler Athletes’ Centre 17. ACCOMMODATION
The Whistler Athletes’ Centre will be located in the Olympic and As part of its mandate to plan, organize and stage the Games,
Paralympic Village Whistler, within the scenic Cheakamus Valley. VANOC is securing accommodations for the various user groups
The focus of the centre is a commitment to Canadian athletes that fall under the responsibility of the Organizing Committee,
in training. It will offer high-performance athletes a permanent including NOCs and NPCs of participating nations, the IOC, the
training facility near 2010 Games legacy venues in Whistler and IPC, international sport federations, international Paralympic
will support the Olympic and Paralympic Village during the 2010 sport federations, international and domestic corporate sponsors,
Winter Games period. as well as international and domestic news media, among others.

The facilities include a combination of mixed-use buildings for The 2010 accommodations program will provide coordinated
athlete training, commercial and residential space. The concept accommodations management for all of VANOC’s user groups,
is to provide high-performance and potential development highlighting Vancouver and Whistler as superior tourism and
athletes with an opportunity to learn, train and reside in a sport hospitality destinations. To accommodate all of its user groups,
environment. The Centre will include a gymnasium, fitness room, VANOC requires approximately 16,000 rooms in the Greater
low-cost accommodation alternatives, multi-purpose meeting Vancouver area and approximately 3,000 rooms in the Whistler
rooms and lecture space. area. VANOC is concentrating its efforts on securing hotels and
hotel-type properties which have front desk and housekeeping
VANOC is responsible for the design and construction of the
services and other amenities which will enhance the experience
Whistler Athletes’ Centre. Completion is expected for the
of the guests.
2008-09 pre-Games Sport Events. The high-performance
component of the Centre is made possible with the support of To date, VANOC has secured 87 per cent of its contractual
the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), which is funding a accommodation requirements in Vancouver and 91 per cent
community gymnastics facility on the site. VANOC’s investment in Whistler.
in the Whistler Athletes’ Centre is $16 million. The project is
being developed by VANOC for the Whistler Legacy Society.

Following the de-commissioning of the Olympic and Paralympic

Village in March 2010, the training facilities, accommodations
and other commercial space will evolve into a permanent athlete
training centre. The centre will be a lasting legacy for Canadian
sport and the Whistler community.

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To ensure a sustainable, accessible and efficient transportation engagement between VANOC and its regional transportation
system between venues and in the region, VANOC is preparing partners.
a mass transportation plan for the 2010 Winter Games that will
The principal function of the OPTT is to plan, coordinate and
address the needs of athletes, Olympic and Paralympic Family,
provide integrated transportation services to the 2010 Olympic
media, volunteers and spectators. VANOC expects to transport
and Paralympic Games’ client groups and spectators while
some 100,000 people a day at Games time.
minimizing the impact on the general population and local
businesses within the Games theatre. This partnership can
18.1 Ground Transportation lead to a Games-time transportation program that will meet
VANOC’s transportation strategy is based on sustainable the service expectations of Games-time visitors and regional
transportation guidelines which promote the use of public residents while creating a foundation for long-term technological,
transportation, cycling and walking, combined with a social and environmental legacies.
multi-jurisdictional traffic management plan and aggressive
travel demand management. Within Greater Vancouver there 18.2 Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
are currently more than 6,000 park-and-ride spaces adjacent to
The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has state-of-the-art
transit services. These strategies form the basis of the spectator
facilities and design, quick connections to downtown Vancouver
transportation plan and therefore no spectator parking will be
provided at venues. and a high degree of accessibility for persons with a disability.
YVR is the gateway to the 2010 Winter Games experience.
Greater Vancouver’s extensive public bus network is composed
of 1,200 vehicles. A fully automated light rail transit network, YVR is Canada’s second-busiest airport and the second-largest
known as the SkyTrain, connects Vancouver with several international passenger gateway on the west coast of North
outlying suburbs. The 32-station network carries more than America. The airport operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
140,000 passengers per day on the current fleet of 210 cars. Consistently rated one of the world’s top airports for overall
There are more than 1,100 taxis within the Vancouver area, of passenger satisfaction, YVR served an estimated 17.5 million
which 35 per cent run on alternative fuel and 90 vehicles are passengers and handled over 235,000 tonnes of cargo in 2007.
wheelchair accessible.
YVR is located six kilometres from the Richmond Oval and
The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) was established 13 kilometres from the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver
in January 2006 with a mandate to provide input and support to and other downtown Vancouver venues.
the VANOC Transportation function. It had become increasingly
obvious the advisory role was too narrow a framework for the
partners represented on TAC. This created a need for a different
format through which VANOC and its partners can coordinate
their efforts, cooperate on specific tasks and plan and execute
the individual agencies responsibilities. In order to provide this
needed format, the Olympic and Paralympic Transportation Team
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18.3 Canada Line — Rapid Transit

A new 19-kilometre rapid transit line, known as the Canada

Line, is currently under construction. It will link Vancouver with
Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport. The new
route, which expands Vancouver’s rapid transit system, also
connects a number of key 2010 Winter Games sites. The
construction phase began in August 2005 and the Canada Line
is scheduled to open in 2009. The Governments of Canada and
British Columbia, Translink and the Vancouver Airport Authority
are funding partners for the line, which is also supported by the
cities of Vancouver and Richmond.

18.4 Sea to Sky Highway

British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation is undertaking

improvements to the highway that connects Vancouver with
Whistler to improve its safety and reliability. By 2009, extensive
highway improvements will make travel along the corridor safer for
residents, commuters and tourists. These improvements include
highway widening and straightening, improved sightlines, passing
lanes and other design innovations to reduce hazards, shorten
travel times and increase the capacity of the route. VANOC is
working with the ministry to ensure the 2010 Games requirements
are integrated with the Sea to Sky Highway improvement project.

The Sea to Sky Highway runs between Horseshoe Bay and Pemberton, BC.

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19. SECURITY 20.1 Anti-Doping

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has formed an VANOC is committed to doing everything it can to host doping-
integrated security unit (Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit) free Games and ensure athletes can compete on a level playing
for the 2010 Winter Games. Working with municipal, provincial and field at the 2010 Winter Games.
federal agencies, the unit is developing a comprehensive security
The VANOC Anti-Doping Program, under the direction of the
delivery plan for the 2010 Winter Games.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International
Paralympic Committee (IPC), is planning for a significant increase
20. MEDICAL SERVICES in testing from previous Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
VANOC Medical Services will plan and deliver excellent medical Approximately 2,000 tests (both blood and urine) are planned
and health care services for the 2010 Winter Games. The for the Olympic Winter Games and approximately 425 tests
comprehensive plan will include basic and emergency health care (both blood and urine) are planned for the Paralympic Winter
delivery, and doping control programs for the Games as well as all Games. The Anti-Doping Program is also working with the
pre-Games events. Montreal National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS) World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory to ensure the
Specialty medical services providers will be located in each Olympic latest analytical techniques for both blood and urine are in place
and Paralympic Village and dedicated teams of health care providers for the 2010 Winter Games.
will be available at each venue. VANOC Medical Services will
coordinate the plans for mass casualty incidents, public health While detection and deterrence through testing is crucial, a truly
concerns and the nutritional program. state-of-the-art anti-doping program must include education
initiatives. VANOC’s Anti-Doping Program plans to deliver an
Following the Games, Medical Services will leave a sustainable
interactive and engaging Athlete Outreach Program, based on
legacy for sports and health science locally and nationally. Medical
WADA’s highly successful model, at a number of sporting events.
Services will educate health care professionals through courses,
Electronic resources will also be developed and distributed to
conferences and Games-specific training; provide practitioners with
raise anti-doping awareness. VANOC’s Anti-Doping Program also
experience in organizing medical services for large-scale events;
involves delivering a pre-Games education program to ensure
and give donated and purchased medical supplies and equipment to
that athletes (and those who work/travel with them) are well
various groups.
informed when it comes to anti-doping rules and procedures, and
the values of doping-free sport — ultimately ensuring that the
rights of athletes to fair and ethical competition are protected.

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21. CULTURE AND CEREMONIES 21.1 Cultural Olympiad

The cultural programs VANOC develops for the Vancouver 2010 Reflecting the significance of culture as one of the three pillars
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will reflect Vancouver and of the Olympic Movement, the Cultural Olympiad is designed to
Canada’s cultural diversity, rich Aboriginal heritage and lively, support Olympism by presenting an international celebration of
progressive arts scene. arts, cultural events and activities and creating an atmosphere of
celebration in Vancouver, Whistler and across Canada.
For the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games, VANOC will call on local cultures, artists, performers and Since 2007, VANOC has been partnering with local and national
creators — as well as those from across Canada — to produce creators and cultural organizations to create, develop, produce
exciting and memorable ceremonies, arts festivals and cultural and present a full spectrum of arts and cultural events and
events. activities. This Olympic cultural showcase will feature the best
of Canada’s contemporary, classical and Aboriginal arts, together
VANOC will also involve individuals and communities from across
with the finest works of international counterparts from other
Canada in the 2010 torch relays and develop education programs
IOC nations.
that build on this unique opportunity to spread the spirit of
the Games. The multi-year celebration was launched in 2008, marking the
first time a Winter Games has hosted a Cultural Olympiad two
years before Games time. The Cultural Olympiad will culminate in
the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Arts Festival.

21.2 Olympic Arts Festival

On January 22, 2010, three weeks before the Opening Ceremony

of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the three-week Olympic Arts
Festival will begin.

The festival will be a celebration of the Olympic Movement and

the Olympic spirit, and a showcase for Canadian art and culture,
together with the best the rest of the world has to offer. The
festival will take place in more than 30 different venues and
locations throughout Vancouver and Whistler — at theatres,
galleries, clubs and the sidewalks, streets and public spaces
around the sport venues — presenting a blend of traditional and
contemporary arts and cultural events and experiences. Many
events will be free of charge.

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21.3 Paralympic Arts Festival 21.5.2 Opening and Closing Ceremonies

The Paralympic Arts Festival will continue the celebration, The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games are
running throughout the Paralympic Winter Games, events of both personal and historic importance. They call upon
March 12 to 21, 2010. Venues in Vancouver and Whistler will the best in us and illuminate our collective humanity. Vancouver
pulse with a diverse, dynamic program of extraordinary arts and 2010 will create events that honour the historic importance of
culture that reflects the spirit and values of the international gathering the world’s peoples together in peace, that respect
Paralympic Movement. IOC ceremonial protocols and that joyously celebrate the Olympic
Movement and the presence of the world’s finest athletes.
21.4 Visiting Artists
David Atkins Enterprises was selected as Executive Producer for
To capture and reflect each nation’s participation in the 2010 the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Ceremonies. Atkins,
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, VANOC plans to invite the company’s founder, produced the Opening and Closing
each country to include a nationally recognized artist as part of Ceremonies for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Summer Games and
its team. Just as in ancient times, the artists will create works the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006, in Qatar.
that reflect their experience of the Games and make the festivals
Atkins, along with DAE colleagues Catherine Ugwu and Ignatius
truly international events.
Jones, will collaborate with a world-class team of Canadians to
21.5  Ceremonies tell the nation’s unique story through the Games Ceremonies.
The team also includes leading figures drawn from Canada’s
Ceremonies are large-scale community celebrations that music, production, creative and events industries: Sam Feldman;
capture the spirit and unique personality of the Games Host Bruce Allen; Nettwerk Records’ Dan Fraser; Canadian College of
City, province and country, provide inspiring messages regarding Performing Arts co-founder Jacques Lemay; director and image
the Olympic and Paralympic movements and celebrate the creator Érick Villeneuve; and VANOC Ceremonies’ staff members
world’s greatest athletes. Ian Pool and Marti Kulich.
The first official Vancouver 2010 ceremony presentation took More than 100 respected leaders in Canada’s artistic scene,
place during the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Olympic Winter representing some of the country’s most influential artists,
Games in Torino, Italy, when Vancouver received the Olympic cultural and theatrical practitioners, directors, writers, designers
Flag as the next city to host the Winter Games. and community leaders, participated in six Vancouver 2010
Olympic Winter Games Ceremonies Symposia in February 2008.
21.5.1 Welcome Ceremonies for Athletes
Designed to ensure the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of
VANOC plans to welcome each Olympic and Paralympic team the Olympic Games present a new vision and understanding of
to Vancouver and Whistler at each of the Villages. During contemporary Canada to the world, symposia participants shared
the welcome ceremony, the teams will be greeted by the pan-Canadian views of the country that will be translated into
honourary village mayor and their national flags will be raised general themes, images and highly memorable performances.
alongside the flags of Canada and those of the Olympic and
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Games
Paralympic Movements.
will be watched by as many as three billion people worldwide.
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Canada’s guests from around the world, while showcasing the the ceremonies will be followed by a concert presented by some
spirit of Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada on the world of Canada’s best-known and most dynamic performers and a
stage. The Closing Ceremony will celebrate the achievements of short, spectacular fireworks presentation that everyone in the
the athletes, volunteers and host community. surrounding community can enjoy.

The Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will take place on February

Whistler Celebration Site
12, 2010 and the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony February 28,
2010, both at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium. While BC Place Stadium will be the primary venue for nightly
Olympic victory ceremonies, Whistler will also share in the
This will be the first time in Olympic Games history where the
celebrations. A temporary venue with a capacity of approximately
Winter Games Ceremonies will be held indoors, allowing VANOC to
8,000 will be constructed in an area central to Whistler. The venue
stretch the boundaries of spectacle and creativity through state-
will feature a large video screen and a direct television feed from BC
of-art lighting, image projection and the latest in sound effects
Place Stadium, to link the nightly Victory Ceremony presentations in
Whistler and Vancouver and allow both communities to participate
As with the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games Ceremonies are in the celebrations. Medals won in Whistler will be presented at
designed to provide inspiration with the Opening Ceremony and to the Celebration Site, while those won in Greater Vancouver will be
celebrate triumph in the Closing Ceremony. presented in BC Place Stadium.

On March 12, 2010, the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Following the nightly Victory Ceremony the Whistler Celebration
Opening Ceremony will be presented in BC Place Stadium, taking Site will, like BC Place Stadium, feature a concert performance by
advantage of the scale of the venue to present a world-class top-ranked Canadian artists.
spectacle of pageantry, protocol and colourful performance.
Paralympic Medal Ceremonies
On March 21, 2010, the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter
Paralympic Victory Ceremonies will take place at the venues for
Games Closing Ceremony will be presented in Whistler at the same
each of the sport competitions in Whistler and Vancouver. The
celebration site used for the Whistler component of the nightly
Celebration Site will be operational in Whistler during the Paralympic
Olympic victory ceremonies.
Games and medal recognition events will occur throughout
the Games to celebrate the daily winners in the alpine and
21.5.3  Victory Ceremonies
Nordic events.

Olympic Victory Ceremonies

Following the Olympic Opening Ceremony on February 12, 2010,

BC Place Stadium in Vancouver will be transformed overnight into
the site for the Olympic medal presentations known as the victory

Victory ceremonies will be held every night from February 13 to

February 27 in front of thousands of spectators and Olympic
team members and millions more watching at home. Every night,

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In September 2007, VANOC launched /EDU, the Canadian school Miga and Quatchi, the Olympic mascots, and Sumi, the Paralympic
portal for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter mascot, represent the people, geography and spirit of British
Games. Located at, this online, bilingual Columbia and Canada while personifying the essence of the
e-magazine and portal includes links to resources, a teacher 2010 Winter Games.
forum, a space for teachers and students to showcase their
projects, online interviews and feature articles.

To date, /EDU has featured many exciting resources, programs,

and projects, including the Canadian Olympic Committee’s new
Canadian Olympic School Program, VANOC’s Paralympic School
Day Program, the achievements of three outstanding Aboriginal
athletes, a student essay contest, a video interview with the
goaltender for the Canadian Paralympic Ice Sledge Hockey Team,
many teacher and student projects, as well as other Olympic and
Paralympic educational resources, and resources in the areas of
sport, culture and sustainability.

The education team is now working with the BC Ministry of

Education and the other Ministries of Education across Canada
on the further development of /EDU and the development of
related education programs, including a national showcase of
24.1 Olympic Torch Relay
school projects and a national student reporter program. The
next phase of /EDU will be launched in September 2008. The Olympic Torch Relay is the transfer of the Olympic Flame
from Olympia, Greece, where the first Olympic Games were held
Following the Beijing 2008 Olympic Summer Games, /EDU
thousands of years ago — to the stadium of the city hosting the
will more actively engage international teacher and student
current Olympic Games. The flame arrives just in time for the
audiences by promoting /EDU’s innovative Canadian content.
Opening Ceremony.
The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and RBC,
will be a 35,000 kilometre journey connecting Canadians in every
23. MASCOTS province and territory over approximately 100 days, and involving
The West Coast of Canada is a magical place, with gigantic trees, 12,000 torchbearers. The journey of the Olympic Flame will
soaring mountains and a restless ocean. The oral traditions of culminate at BC Place on February 12, 2010 with the lighting of
local First Nations tell us of the mythic journeys of Legendary the Olympic Cauldron, signalling the start of the Vancouver 2010
Beings, Transformers and Guardian Spirits. The stories of the Olympic Winter Games.
Ancestors, and their hereditary names, songs and legends, all The 2010 Olympic Torch will wind its way across Canada, burning
reflect the values of the diverse First Nations cultures and their with purpose and intensity as it lights the way to Vancouver.
relationships with the land. The official route will be announced in fall 2008. Like a path of

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northern lights stretching from coast to coast to coast, the torch The Paralympic Torch will be carried by hundreds of Canadians,
relay will create lasting memories for the many who will feel the and the Paralympic Torch Relay will culminate with an
glow of the Olympic Flame and its power to inspire. extraordinary event prior to its arrival at BC Place Stadium on
March 12, 2010 to light the cauldron and signal the start of the
The torch will be carried by thousands of Canadians of all
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
ages and cultural backgrounds on foot, by dog sled, canoe,
NOTE: The Paralympic Torch Relay Emblem has not been released yet.
snowmobile, horse, plane and virtually every means of transport
known to the people of this northern land.

24.2 Olympic Torch Relay Emblem The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games feature some 200
sport event sessions (preliminary and medal competitions) with
Entitled “A Path of Northern Lights,” the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
1.6 million tickets available. In addition, approximately 800,000
Torch Relay Emblem depicts the Olympic Flame winding its way
tickets will be available for ceremonies and cultural events.
across Canada, burning with purpose and intensity as it lights the
way to Vancouver. The Olympic Torch Relay will unleash dreams Vancouver 2010 ticket information, including pricing and
and inspire pride in the hearts of Canadians by casting a glow of methods of purchase, was released in October 2007. Tickets
northern lights, stretching from coast to coast to coast. will go on sale to the Canadian public beginning October
2008. Non-Canadian residents must purchase tickets through
24.3 Paralympic Torch Relay the authorized sales agent for their respective National
Immediately following the Closing Ceremony for the Vancouver Olympic Committee.
2010 Olympic Winter Games, a new torch relay will begin.
For all Olympic and Paralympic ticketing information,
The Paralympic Torch Relay will provide an opportunity for announcements and more, subscribe to
Canadians to make history by supporting the Paralympic Games
in a progressive culture that has already been united through 26. QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE 2010 WINTER GAMES
national and international relay heroes such as Terry Fox and 17 days of Olympic Games events: February 12 to 28, 2010
Rick Hansen. The Paralympic Torch Relay will focus on the 10 days of Paralympic Games events: March 12 to 21, 2010
inspirational nature of sport and related opportunities for people
86 Olympic Winter Games medal events
with physical disabilities.
64 Paralympic Winter Games medal events
Unlike the Olympic Flame, the Paralympic Flame has no ancestral 5,500 Olympic Games athletes and team officials (projected)
home. Each Paralympic Organizing Committee has the freedom 1,350 Paralympic Games athletes and team officials (projected)
to choose a lighting method and ceremony that is significant 80+ countries participating in Olympic Winter Games
to the Host Country. As such, there will be a national series of 40+ countries participating in Paralympic Winter Games
celebrations planned to take place in each Canadian province and 10,000 media representatives
territory over a 10-day period. The focus will be on the inspiring
3 billion worldwide television viewers
power of an individual’s ability to achieve great results.

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