VANCOUVER 2010: IOC President arrives in Vancouver
IOC President Jacques Rogge is visiting the city of Vancouver today, 1 February 2005. Vancouver will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games from 12 to 28 February 2010. During the President’s visit to this future Olympic host city, he will meet The Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia, and His Worship Larry Campbell, Mayor of the City of Vancouver. The President will also address the Vancouver Board of Trade, take a small venue tour of the Olympic sites that are in and around the City of Vancouver, before meeting the staff, board of directors and partners of the Organising Committee of the XXI Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver 2010 (VANOC).
Sports in Vancouver in 2010
The Greater Vancouver area will be the host to all the ice events during the Olympic Games, as well as the freestyle skiing and snowboard events. All the other snow events will take place in Whistler. The sports and disciplines that will therefore be taking place in and around Vancouver are: curling, ice hockey, figure skating, short-track speed skating, freestyle skiing, snowboard and speed skating.
Competition venues in the Vancouver area
All the venues in the Vancouver area will be within about a 40-minute drive from the proposed Athlete’s Village in downtown Vancouver. The furthest venue will be Cypress, which is situated in Cypress Provincial Park; this venue will host both freestyle skiing and snowboard. Ice hockey will be played at two different stadiums, namely General Motors Place and the University of British Columbia Winter Sports Centre. Curling is planned for the new Hillcrest/Nat Bailey Stadium Park, while speed skating will take place in Richmond. Finally, figure skating and short-track speed skating will both be held at the Hastings Park Pacific Coliseum.
The Vancouver competition schedule
While the exact schedule will only be confirmed much closer to Games time, it is not uncommon for sports such as ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating and curling to last for the vast majority of the period of the Games. The schedule will undoubtedly evolve from the bid book, as the Games draw closer and VANOC and the International Federations move from a planning stage to a more operational role.
Learn more on Vancouver 2010
Official website of Vancouver 2010