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VANOC completes operational testing at World Wheelchair Curling Championship. Sport event marked first Paralympic championship held at a Vancouver 2010 venue – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

February 28th, 2009

Vancouver 2010

Art in Unusual Places – Feature Stories – Vancouver 2010

February 27th, 2009

Like the pop ditty that proclaims that love is all around us, art, too, is all
around – and in unusual places – for the next three weeks in Metro Vancouver
and the Sea to Sky region as part of Cultural Olympiad 2009 presented by Bell.

Vancouver 2010

Gorgeous Whistler experience for Olympic luge hopefuls

February 27th, 2009
Last week saw the last leg of this season’s Luge World Cup series staged in Whistler at the future Olympic track for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. “The Olympic Games could well start tomorrow,” Josef Fendt, President of the International Luge Federation (FIL), said happily after the successful staging of the event.

Fine-tuning Games operations
This World Cup competition offered the Vancouver organisers (VANOC) the opportunity to fine-tune their operations at the venue exactly one year prior to the Games. Beginning with the training schedule, and including testing the transport system and medical services, a simulation of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games set-up was successfully implemented.

Enthusiastic athletes and spectators
“The entire layout is excellent and the atmosphere is just great,” stated Austria’s Andreas Linger after his competition. And his team mate Tobias Schiegl added: “If I had it my way, we could have all our events on this track next winter. It’s simply gorgeous here in Whistler”. 19-year-old Felix Loch from Germany concluded: “At every corner there’s someone who is working on something. You get the impression that the Olympic Games could well start tomorrow”. The final of this World Cup event saw undreamt-of spectator interest – both competition days were completely sold out, with a total of 6,000 enthusiastic spectators at the venue. Moreover, for the first time, a luge event in Canada drew more than 100 media representatives.

Mastering “Thunderbird”, “Shiver” and the “Lueders Loop”
The curves at the Whistler Sliding Centre have awesome names such as “Thunderbird” or “Shiver”, are named after animals such as “Lynx”, or commemorate famous athletes. There is, for instance, the “Lueders Loop”, curve number seven. It is named after Pierre Lueders, Canada’s 1998 Olympic two-man bobsleigh champion. And only those lugers who master the combination of curves 12, 13, 14 and 15 – the so-called “Gold Rush Trial” – without many mistakes might have a chance of reaching the top of the podium at next year’s Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.

IOC

IOC Commissions for 2009

February 27th, 2009
The composition of the IOC commissions for 2009 has now been finalised and is available on our website. The role of these commissions is to guide the IOC and the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games in their missions.

Click on the link below to discover the composition of the commissions.

 IOC Commissions for 2009 (pdf)

 
 

IOC

New biodiversity plan sets out future for Olympic Park wildlife

February 27th, 2009

Plans showing that 45 hectares of wildlife habitats will be created within theOlympic Park have been published today by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

London 2012

Build starts on new bridge to help athletes to venues

February 26th, 2009

Construction is underway on a new bridge that will link the Olympic Village to the rest of the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Games.

London 2012

Very last call

February 25th, 2009
One last chance to contribute to the virtual Olympic Congress. For five more days – until 28 February 2009 – the public can seize the opportunity to contribute to the virtual Olympic Congress on www.olympic.org/congress2009. So far, over 1,200 contributions have been registered. “We are very happy with the input from the public. Even if the number may be considered as a little bit low, we are pleased by the quality of these contributions. The exercise was not an easy one,” underlined IOC Director General Urs Lacotte.

Five themes

All five themes linked to the Olympic Games, athletes, the governance of the Olympic Movement, young people, and the digital revolution have inspired the people contributing. “This shows sound interest in the Olympic Movement and its future”, added Lacotte. 
The contributions of the Olympic Movement will be published in July, together with an in-depth analysis of trends expressed in all contributions from the public. This publication will be the basis for the debate in Copenhagen.

Twenty invitations to participate in Copenhagen

Twenty people who have sent the most interesting proposals will be invited to the Congress, where they can debate with the Olympic leadership and other representatives from society on the Congress themes.

The virtual Congress has also found its place on the social networking website Facebook, with a fan page that has attracted several hundred people.

 Discover the virtual Olympic Congress on Facebook

IOC

Green light for green spaces

February 25th, 2009

Plans for the parkland areas within the London 2012 Olympic Park have been approved by the Olympic Delivery Authority Planning Committee.

London 2012

UK sporting organisations come together to help support elite athletes

February 25th, 2009

The raising of private-sector funds to support Olympic and Paralympic sport took a major step forward today with the announcement of a groundbreaking new partnership – ‘Team 2012’.

London 2012

Plans launched to help spectators ‘ride or stride’ to the 2012 Games

February 25th, 2009

London 2012 has outlined how it will improve the walking and cycling routes to venues so more spectators can ‘ride or stride’ to the Games.

London 2012