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The 21st Winter Olympic Games are scheduled to commence February 12, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This will be the third time Canada has hosted an Olympic Game. The previous times being the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Click to check folding chairs this will give you more comfort while watching the game.
The city of Vancouver was one of three finalists. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the final decision, selecting Vancouver on July 2, 2003. The other two potential host cities were Salzburg, Austria and Pyeonchang, South Korea.
Since the winning bid was announced, the city of Vancouver and Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) have been building new facilities, renovating already existing ones, and upgrading their public transportation system. The venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games stretch over 75 miles from Richmond (south of Vancouver and site of the Olympic speed-skating venue) through Vancouver’s city center and north to Whistler.
Eighty-six winter sporting events will take place in nine different event venues in Vancouver, Whistler, and Richmond.
The Richmond Olympic Oval will host all Speed Skating. This venue was built specifically for the 2010 Winter Games and is scheduled to be completed later this fall. Richmond is about 9 miles south of Vancouver and on the banks of the Fraser River.
Another venue built specifically for the Olympics, the Cypress Mountain venue can hold 8,000 spectators and is the first new Winter Olympic venue to be completed. Cypress Mountain will host the Freestyle Skiing events as well as all the Snowboarding events. It is 30 minutes north of Downtown Vancouver. Also Visit here to check folding chairs this will give you more comfort while watching the game.
Whistler’s three venues will host Downhill Skiing, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super Combined, Bobsleigh, Luge, Skeleton, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, and Ski Jumping. Whistler Olympic Park contains three separate stadiums that are 400 yards apart. This facility is unique in that it enables all four Nordic sports (Biathlon, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, and Cross-Country Skiing) to take place at the same event location. This location will host 30% of all Winter Olympic medal events.
The official opening of the Whistler Sliding Centre on Blackcomb Mountain will take place later this fall. Construction of the Bobsleigh, Luge, and Skeleton venue began in June 2005. Testing has been going on since summer 2008. The Whistler Sliding Centre is one of only fifteen international competition sliding tracks in the world.
The number one ranked ski resort in North America, Whistler Creekside (Whistler Mountain) needed only minor renovations to prepare for the Winter Games’ skiing events. Whistler is a 90-minute drive north of Vancouver. Ludus will be providing complimentary shuttle buses to clients with tickets to Olympic Events in Whistler.
There are four venues in the city of Vancouver hosting Ice Hockey, Curling, Figure Skating, Short Track Speed Skating, and Men’s Ice Sledge Hockey. Ice Hockey and Men’s Ice Sledge Hockey will take place at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Thunderbird Arena. Canada’s first national Olympic hockey team was founded at this arena in 1963. Ice Hockey will also be played at the Canada Hockey Place, home to the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Vancouver Canucks.
The Pacific Coliseum is site of another Canadian first: the Vancouver Canucks’ first NHL game was played here in 1970. After upgrades in 2007, the Pacific Coliseum will host both Figure Skating and Short Track Speed Skating.
The remaining Winter Olympic events will take place at the newly constructed Vancouver Olympic Centre. Built in stunning Queen Elizabeth Park, the Vancouver Olympic Centre will have views of the local mountains as well as an indoor concourse connecting it to a new pool. All Curling events will take place here.
The Opening and Closing Olympic Ceremonies and most medal ceremonies will be at a non-competition venue in Vancouver. The BC Place Stadium is on the north side of False Creek and is assessable by SkyTrain and SeaBus, two of Vancouver’s public transportation systems.