July 25, 2003 Features & Images » Feature Story

First Person: Steve Podborski 

The Games of our lives

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Salzburg was seen to have lost their way but the Koreans were very strong – they never wavered. They had all kinds of good things going for them, the will and the means and that is what we had said all along the way.

It was a little closer than I would have liked. Despite this voice inside me saying we were going to win I was absolutely petrified. I couldn’t have been more scared. I mean when I stand in the start gate at a ski race, even though I am taking my life in my hands, they are my hands. But in this case it was out of our control.

The more you invest in something the greater the reward. There is, I guess a limit to how happy you can be, but we were pretty much as happy as we could be when we heard we won.

Actually when everybody jumped up I sat there and just said, "Oh, thank God," then I jumped up. It was relief as much as it was joy.

It was just one of those moments when everyone needed a hug. I mean how often do you hug the Prime Minister?

This sort of thing lays people bare and it was certainly a great culmination to a lot of work.

We really pulled out all the stops.

I think if you could typify what this bid committee was it was one that did as much as was possible.

In Canadian terms we brought out the big hitters. We had the Prime Minister, we had Wayne Gretzky, we had Premier Gordon Campbell, and we had the mayors, we had the First Nations Chiefs and we had four Olympians there. We did whatever it took. We did whatever was right to do. There was nothing left on the table to be done.

Pique: Do you think that is symbolic of how these Games will be run?

Podborski : Yes. We will do it right. We will do it with great Canadian style with humbleness and perfection in mind and with sport at the forefront.

Pique: Anything you would like to share with the IOC?

Podborski : I would make it abundantly clear that when we went through the Bid Book Process we did so much work that what should be understood is that we could start tomorrow. The designs are done and all the approvals are in place. There is nothing left to do.

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