Torino offers Olympic lessons for Whistler, Vancouver 

Italian venues excellent, athletes villages blah

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"That is going to be our job as a resort to ensure that people know that we are open," she said adding that Whistler has a natural advantage because all the alpine events will be centered around the resort village rather than spread out over five villages.

While Whistler Councillor Tim Wake found the passion of the Italians and the way the people embraced the Games to be awe inspiring he said much of the enthusiasm was confined to Turin simply because the alpine events were so spread out.

"The advantage I see we have here is that we are going to have all these mountain venues basically in one centre, one town centre for all the mountain venues and one town centre for all the city venues," said Wake this week.

"Torino didn’t have that. They had all these little villages and the energy just wasn’t there. I didn’t feel the excitement in the villages. I felt it at the venues, but not in the villages.

"When I talked to people in the villages they were excited and generally they said it was good for business and they were glad to see all the activity in their town, but for me it didn’t feel like Torino."

Wake was also impressed by the way Turin celebrated its arts culture and history and made it part of the Olympics.

But he was surprised to find little if any focus on sustainability by TOROC.

"I think it heightened for me the incredible opportunity we have to showcase sustainability because they didn’t really push it," he said.

"They had huge culture to draw on so they obviously didn’t feel that it was necessary to put such a focus on sustainability."

Wake and Clare also found that volunteers, while super friendly and very helpful, were not always equipped with the information visitors needed.

"I was surprised that English didn’t seem to be a pre-requisite to be a volunteer, so I think we have to be careful about languages here," he said adding that he would love to go back for a holiday to the region with his family having experienced it during the Games.

"In general the volunteers needed more information training for their specific direction giving job.

"I think we have to be very careful to make sure our volunteers are informed."

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