After 16 days of fantastic sporting competition on the Olympic venues of Vancouver, Richmond, and Whistler, the curtain has now fallen on the XXI Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver 2010. Described by IOC President Jacques Rogge, as “excellent and very friendly Games". They will undoubtedly leave happy memories for the people of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and those that watched from around the world.
To thank the Vancouver Organisers (VANOC) for their hard work over the last seven years of preparations and particularly for the last 16 days, President Rogge presented John Furlong with the Olympic Order in Gold, as well as silver orders to the members of VANOC’s Senior Executive Team in recognition of their achievements. A posthumous presentation of an Olympic Order in Gold was also made to Jack Poole, VANOC’s founding Chairman, who passed away late last year. The award was received by his wife Darlene and was given in recognition of Jack’s work and achievements in not only bringing the Games to Vancouver but also in guiding the Organising Committee right up until his passing last October, a day after the Olympic flame was lit in Olympia, Greece.
During the Closing Ceremony, President Rogge also gave his heartfelt thanks to the people of Canada for their fantastic support. Rogge said, “Thank you to the people of Canada, for your generous hospitality, your warmth, and this unique and joyous celebration of Olympism.” These Games will no doubt be remembered fondly for many years to come.