Vancouver 2010 Games Reach the Halfway Point
Midway through 16 days of competition, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge delivered a good review of the 2010 Vancouver Games Saturday.
“I won’t be able to give a proper assessment until after the Games are over, but if the performances of the athletes, the good weather and the good crowds continue, then yes, this will be a very successful Games,” Rogge said during a visit to the Main Media Center.
Rogge also praised the festive mood on the streets of Vancouver and Whistler, where large crowds have gathered to share the excitement of the Games.
“It is a party every night here,” the IOC president told reporters. “The crowds are warm, supportive and ecstatic…In terms of geography, the beauty, the combination of mountains and sea, the kindness of the people and also the venues here, it’s hard to beat Vancouver as a city.”Facts and Figures
The participation of 82 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) marks an Olympic Winter Games record for universality. Six NOCs — the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Ghana, Montenegro, Pakistan and Peru — are participating for the first time. Athletes from more than 25 countries have won medals thus far. The Vancouver Games will also see record participation by women in the Winter Games — more than 40 per cent.Great audience figures
Global interest in Vancouver Games is strong, with record coverage planned on television and on digital platforms — more than 21,000 hours for each. Overall, there is a record potential audience of 3.5 billion worldwide. The Opening Ceremony set an all-time ratings record for a live event in Canada, with 13.3 million viewers. Audiences in China, Japan and South Korea have already surpassed the highest audience achieved for coverage of both the Turin and Salt Lake City Games. There is also a high viewership in Europe, with some broadcasters capturing more than 50 per cent of the television audience, even during prime time. And the IOC’s Facebook page has attracted more than 1.4 million Olympic fans.