Today I begin my own, unofficial, countdown to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games ~ I leave of the 10th of February. It is now starting to sink in and is seeming a little more real.
I have been finding many helpful web sites and I want to share with you the different venues that will be used during the Olympics.
First up is the media centre. The Main Media Centre (MMC) for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be located within the Canada Place complex and the Vancouver Convention Centre on the city’s downtown waterfront. Canada Place will house the Main Press Centre, while the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) will be located in the Vancouver Convention Centre (West Building). Canada Place is the inspiring national landmark welcoming local residents, visitors and ships to the West Coast of Canada. Originally established as the site of the Canadian Pavilion at the Expo 86 World’s Fair, Canada Place is a legacy for the Canadian people and a vital economic engine. Immediately following the Fair, the pavilion space was converted into a world-class convention centre. Recognized worldwide, Canada Place’s iconic white roof resembles an ocean liner under full sail featuring five white sails made of Teflon-coated fibreglass.
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Opening Ceremony for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games will be held in BC Place Stadium in downtown Vancouver. This will also be the site for nightly Victory Ceremonies presentations. BC Place Stadium will seat approximately 55,000 spectators for the Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies and features the largest air-supported stadium roof in North America. The enclosed venue offers many advantages in addition to protection from winter weather, including an unprecedented opportunity to stretch the boundaries of ceremonies’ spectacle using state-of-the-art lighting, projection, sound and special effects technology.
The Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver is located on the southeast side of False Creek in Vancouver. With extraordinary views of the city’s downtown skyline and Coast Mountains, the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver will feature newly constructed low- and mid-rise apartment buildings. With close proximity to the competition venues, athletes will be able to walk or take a short bus ride to the city’s shopping and entertainment districts and can enjoy the nightly Victory Ceremonies and cultural celebrations just moments away at BC Place.
The Richmond Olympic Oval is located on the banks of the Fraser River, 14 kilometres south of downtown Vancouver. Located in the northwest corner of Richmond, the Oval is across the river from the Vancouver International Airport and near Richmond city centre.
Cypress Mountain is located in Cypress Provincial Park, adjacent to the District of West Vancouver. The mountain is served by an excellent highway and offers spectacular views of Vancouver and its harbour. Cypress Mountain is the Official Freestyle Skiing (Aerials, Moguls & Ski Cross) and Snowboard (Half Pipe, Parallel Giant Slalom, and Snowboard Cross) Venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
The Whistler Sliding Centre will host the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events. Some statistics about the courses:
Length (bobsleigh and skeleton) 1,450 metres
Length (men’s luge) 1,374 metres
Length (doubles and women’s luge) 1,198 metres
Elevation at top of track (men’s luge start) 938 metres
Elevation at low point of track 786 metres
Vertical drop 152 metres
Maximum track slope 20% at corner 2
Number of corners 16
Track access points 7