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By Clare Ogilvie
It’s been ten years since
Whistler decided that the third time would be the charm and it would once again
enter the competition to host an Olympics.
Despite passion and support,
neither its 1968 nor 1976 bids to host the Winter Games were successful.
But in July 2003 Whistler’s
enduring dream came true when it heard the International Olympic Committee
announce that Vancouver and Whistler had been chosen to host the 2010 Winter
Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Those were some of the sweetest
words long time resident and passionate Olympic supporter Garry Watson has ever
“My view has always been that
the Olympic bid was the catalyst in the original concept that created Whistler
and in my view we owed it, we had an obligation to the community, the province,
and the country to put on the Games,” said Watson who helped in the original
bid in the ‘60s and is considered a founder of the resort.
“I have always said that the
village itself was the legacy of the 1976 bid, which created the concept of the
village, and the province bought into it and incorporated the municipality in
1975. So I feel that the community owed a lot to the concept of the Olympics.”
But for Whistler just wanting
to host the Games was not enough. This time around the town would only commit
if Games organizers agreed to certain conditions laid out by the municipality.
Those discussions led to the formation of thirteen Guiding Principles, which
have governed the resort’s partnership with the Games since the beginning. For
example, sustainability practices became a cornerstone of the plan.
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