2010 Olympic Bid Volunteers brought passion and commitment to their role. 

It was a cold clear afternoon when Linda Seifred got the call.

Two Whistlerites wanted to get married right away.

"I said well, geez, I’m tied up all afternoon," sad Seifred.

"I am a volunteer at the 2010 Bid Office and I have to go over there between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m."

The would-be groom said, ‘Well I know where that is we’ll come over there.’"

Asked if she had thought of taking the afternoon off to do the wedding Seifred replied, "Oh, no. I had already made the commitment and when you make that commitment you have got to be there for them."

Just the kind of answer you would expect from someone who has logged over 50 hours at the resort’s 2010 Olympic Bid Office.

When Seifred arrived for her shift at the office she told Tina Symko, the Bid’s information centre manager, and fellow volunteer Adrian Waldendzewicz all about the request.

"I said I hope you don’t mind but this couple wants to get married and I told them it would be okay for them to come over here this afternoon," said Seifred.

Symko and Waldendzewicz welcomed the idea with whoops of excitement, and both asked if they could be witnesses.

"Right around 4 p.m., the couple showed up," said Seifred.

"They had managed to round up a couple of friends to celebrate with them as well.

"The (bid office’s Olympic) flame was on and because it was a short winter day the sun was actually beginning to set, so we had this clear sky, the sun was setting and the flame was going.

"I had them all lined up with the flame behind them and Tina was crying.

"It turned out to be wonderful and it was really romantic. We talk about that wedding a lot. It was really a pretty, pretty scene."

There’s no doubt that the volunteers of the 2010 Bid Office will have stories to tell, whether Whistler wins the right to host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games or not.

The resort and its partner Vancouver will find out July 2 if they will host the Games. Salzburg, Austria and Pyeongchang, South Korea are also in the competition.

As the days count down to the final decision, many within the bid organization are taking a moment to think about the thousands of hours volunteers have put in to the bring the Games to B.C.

"The impact of volunteers is huge," said 2010 Bid president John Furlong.

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