The Vancouver Games: A Spectacular Choice
Following in the Footsteps of Canada's Expo and Olympics Success
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International Olympic Committee members selected the western Canadian
city of Vancouver and its mountain top sister Whistler as the sites of
the 2010 Winter Olympics on July 2, 2003, it did so for many
reasons. Geopolitical. A great bid plan. The
nature of the host city and the spectacular alpine views from the
resort municipality of Whistler. But the main
Vancouver was a spectacular choice was buried deep within the
committee literature and will prove to be the penultimate reason why
IOC bid evaluation committee chairman Gerhard Heiberg praised
Vancouver's choice as a potential host of the best Olympics ever, ...
Expo ‘86. Expo '86 was the third grand success in Canada's
quartet of Expo '67 in Montreal, the Summer Olympics of Montreal 1976,
Expo '86 in Vancouver, and the Winter Olympic Games of Calgary in 1988.
The Vancouver Games: A Spectacular Choice recounts the bid victory and reasons why Vancouver will host a great Winter Olympic Games. Based on the data of the World's Fair Decision Model project by JDP ECON. See why the outstanding experience of Vancouver with hosting Expo '86 will bode well for the Olympic movement in 2010. Photo courtesy of Science World, Vancouver, British Columbia. All rights reserved. Logos and photos are the property of their respected organizations.
The Vancouver/Whistler bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympics Games was selected by the International Olympic Committee on July 2, 2003, outlasting the cities of Pyeongchang, South Korea and Salzburg, Austria in two rounds of voting. Vancouver will beckon the world and its athletes to the Sea to Sky Games for three weeks in early 2010 and return British Columbia to the international stage of host to the great nations of the world. This event will again serve to remind us of the historic past in Vancouver with events of this caliber, as the spectacular coming Olympic Games will harken back to Expo 86 and the world's fair season two decades before.
Closing Ceremony fetes 2010 Athletes and VANOC - February 28, 2010
With the flame extinguished inside B.C. Place Stadium and with IOC President Jacque Rogge announcing that the games were host with hospitality and skill, the 2010 Winter Olympics Games of Vancouver and Whistler, Canada came to a close. It was a record setting performance on the gold medal stand for Canadian athletes, culminating in the gold medal hockey game that reached an astouding 80% of all people in Canada.
Opening Ceremony is Here - February 2010
At 9:00 p.m. EST and 6 p.m. Vancouver time, the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will begin in spectacular fashion along the banks of False Creek inside B.C. Place Stadium.
Games to Begin in One Month - January 2010
On February 12, 2010, the citizens and athletes of the World will come to False Creek and B.C. Stadium to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and for two weeks thereafter, on the slopes of Whistler and the arenas of Vancouver, compete for medals in alpine and other winter events. Tickets still remain for some events. Go to Vancouver2010.com to check for availability.
Tickets On Sale in October - August 2008
Tickets for individual events at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games of 2010 will go on sale on October 3, 2008. For Canadian citizens, visit the Vancouver Olympic website to order; for citizens of other nation's, tickets must be gotten from their individual Olympic committee headquarters. For the United States, that means the United States Olympic Committee.
Volunteer Applications Now Being Accepted - February 2008
Now is your chance to get in on the fun and volunteer to work at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. As of February 12, 2008, applications are now being accepted at Vancouver2010.com or Workopolis.com. If you are ready to be enthusiastic, available, and team-oriented, Vancouver 2010 is looking for you. You must be 19 years old as of September 1, 2008 to apply. Preferences will be given to those who can commit to the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic events.
Daily Competition Schedule Now Set - December 2007
The 2010 Winter Olympics schedule for each day of the Vancouver games has now been set for each sport. Check out the dates at Vancouver Olympics 2010 Sport Schedule.
Outdoor Venues Nearing Completion - November 2007
By the end of 2007, all outdoor venues for the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 will be completed, including the Whistler Sliding Centre and Cypress Mountain. In addition, indoor venues continue toward the same goal, with the Hockey arena at the University of British Columbia and the curling rink at Hillcrest will be done in 2008. Other facilities, from the speedskating oval to the athlete's villages at False Creek and Whistler are moving through the construction cycle as well.