February 15, 2008 Features & Images » Feature Story

Countdown to the Games 

Feb. 12, 2008 — VANOC began volunteer recruitment. An estimated 25,000 volunteers are needed to stage the Games. Celebrations begin for the two-year countdown to the 2010 Olympics.

Feb.19, 2008— FIS World Cup racing on Whistler, the alpine ski venue for 2010.

Feb.24-26, 2008 — International Olympic Committee visit. Members come twice a year to check-up on Vancouver’s progress.

Mar. 5-8, 2008 -The track will be homologated (tested for safety) by both International Federations for sliding sports the FIBT and FIL. There is a training week scheduled for bobsleigh and skeleton on Jan. 26-31, 2009 and a World Cup/Olympic test event is planned for Feb. 2-7 2009.

Mar. 6, 2008 — Canada’s National Cross Country Team competes at Whistler Olympic Park in the Canadian National Championships.

Mar. 9, 2008 — Paralympic Alpine Skiing World Cup.

Mar. 12, 2008 — Two-year countdown to the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Paralympic Games. The Paralympic Biathlon World Cup will also be held at Whistler Olympic Park from March 12 to 15 th .

Mar. 24, 2008 — Canada’s National Biathlon Team competes at Whistler Olympic Park in the Canadian National Championships.

Aug. 8-24, 2008 — Olympic Summer Games held in Beijing, China.

Sept. 6-17, 2008 — Paralympic Summer Games are held in Beijing, China.

Oct.11, 2008 — Tickets for the 2010 Games go on sale.

Oct. 2008 — The $31 million 2010 Winter Games Olympic Flame Torch Relay gets underway.

Nov.2009— Olympic torch relay arrives in Canada.

Dec. 2009 – Media accreditation for the 2010 Games. An estimated 10,000 members of the media are expected to be accredited.

Whistler’s Olympic venues

By Clare Ogilvie

Whistler Olympic Park: This Nordic venue is already open and hosting competitions as well as recreational skiers. It is located 22 km south of Whistler Village and 8 km from the Sea to Sky Highway. Prior to Games development, the site has already been logged and used by mining interests. It is a popular area for backcountry enthusiasts.

The Olympic Park will host four events: Cross-Country, Biathlon, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping. Both Olympic and Paralympic events will be held there.

The area will have a spectator capacity of 12,000 people in each of the three stadiums, with temporary seating and standing areas.

There are two regulation ski jumps of different lengths, both of which will be used in winter months only. There are now 14 km of competition trails, and 20-25 km of recreation trails, down from the 100 km proposed in the bid book.

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