Countdown clock coming to 2010 information centre 

Centre also hosts and entertains during Canada Day celebrations

Tick, Tick, Tick.

The countdown is about to begin.

And just in case anyone might miss it there will be a larger than life clock on display at the Whistler Winter Olympic information Centre to remind everyone that it’s only a year until the International Olympic Committee chooses a host for the 2010 Games.

"Psychologically it seems so important for people," said 2010 spokeswoman Maureen Douglas.

"If you tell people you are 420 days out they look at you blankly. But anything under 365 and they are calculating that.

"This is a chance to make sure the community understands the magnitude and the opportunities this represents for the community and the country.

"It is a chance for us to showcase who we are as a people.

"We are a model community and we can put ourselves on the world stage with something like this."

The 2010 countdown clock will be unveiled Tuesday, July 2 at 2 p.m. during a short ceremony at the information centre. The IOC is to vote on who will get the 2010 Games on July 2, 2003.

Also available at the information centre this week will be some of the materials for the Bid Champions program.

The program, started several weeks ago, is an opportunity for locals to display posters, bumper stickers, and promotional materials in support of the Games.

The 2010 information centre will also be a focal point of the Canada Day parade on Monday, July 1.

Participants can gather in Lot 4 at noon, with the parade getting underway at 2 p.m. The parade will wrap up at the 2010 information centre.

There are lots of prizes to be won for best decorated bikes.

Music, face-painting, and other activities will be part of the day’s celebrations.

There will even be a chance to work off some of the Canada Day cake by practising your bobsleigh sprint start.

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