Vancouver 2010: Whistler Competition Venues Completed
Construction has been completed on all three of the Whistler Olympic and Paralympic competition venues. Thanks to the efforts of a 2,500-strong workforce recruited from across British Columbia and Canada, athletes will be able to train at these Olympic venues more than two years before the Vancouver 2010 Games begin. The venues in Whistler, which will host 46 Olympic medal events and 62 Paralympic medal events, will offer a legacy for high performance and recreational use, both before and long after the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
During the Games, Whistler Olympic Park will host the biathlon, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined and ski jumping events; the Whistler Sliding Centre will host bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events; and Whistler Creekside will host the Alpine skiing events. While Whistler Creekside has been operational since the beginning of the 2007-08 ski season, the Whistler Olympic Park only opened its doors for its first competition and to the public this weekend, and the Whistler Sliding Centre will undergo detailed fit-out and testing over the next few months.
“Every construction worker and member of our venue team put their hearts into this project and is standing atop their own podium today,” said John Furlong, the Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee. “Their efforts are helping us to meet our commitment to deliver spectacular theatres for sport and lasting community legacies, and we are following through on our promise to offer athletes the chance to train and compete at a world-class level more than two years in advance of the Games.”
As well as being finished in time to allow the athletes plenty of chances to train on the venues before the Games, the 2010 venues in Whistler have also been constructed with sustainability in mind. Some of these sustainability measures include building the venues to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) standards, recycling wood waste on-site, and reusing captured waste heat. In addition, Squamish and Lil’wat Nations-owned companies completed 50% of the construction work at Whistler Olympic Park, which led to additional business opportunities for the First Nations in the Sea-to-Sky corridor.
Vancouver and Whistler will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games from 12 to 28 February 2010 and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from 12 to 21 March 2010. The seven Winter Olympic sports that will be on show in Vancouver are luge, skiing, skating, ice hockey, biathlon, bobsleigh and curling.