Monday, August 25, 2008

The countdown begins : Vancouver 2010


Canadian athletes are headed home after a 15th place finish at the Beijing Games. They earned 18 medals including three gold, nine silver and six bronze.

And of course they're already ramping up for the 2012 Summer Games in London, England where the Canadian Olympic Committee is hoping to make a top-12 finish.

There was no shortage of Canadians at the Beijing Games. Representatives from Tourism Vancouver, Tourism British Columbia and the Canada Tourism Commission -- along with folks from VANOC -- were checking out what did and didn't work.

Read an article at CTV titled Beijing provides lessons for Vancouver 2010 here.

Up in the mountains, Whistler's three competition venues are complete: Whistler Creekside for alpine skiing events; Whistler Sliding Centre for bobsleigh, luge and skeleton; and Whistler Olympic Park, for Nordic and cross-country skiing, biathlon, and ski jumping.

Whistler Village's pedestrian stroll, already lined with restaurants, cafes and pubs, will have six Live Sites where people can watch the Games on large outdoor screens. There will also be free entertainment featuring bands, performing artists and theatre. Medal presentations will be held at Celebration Plaza each evening.

A view from the The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Photo by Sue Frause