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                                                                                             Fall 2008: Issue 5

On September 25, 2008, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralymic Winter
Games (VANOC) unveiled, “With Glowing Hearts” and “Des plus brillants exploits” as the official 2010 Winter
Games mottos. Olympians, Paralympians, staff and media were present for the announcement.

These two phrases — which will forever be tied to Olympic and Paralympic athletic achieve-
ments in 2010 — express the character and personality of Canada’s Games. “The mottos
describe the pride that results from outstanding achievement; be it an athlete’s performance
of a lifetime or the valuable contribution of a dedicated volunteer. There’s a champion in eve-
rybody and the mottos invite everyone to step up to their own podium and give their very
best through the once-in-a-lifetime experience of the 2010 Winter Games, ” said John Fur-
long, VANOC Chief Executive Officer.
While the motto is connected to all Canadians, it also embodies what it takes to be an Olympic or Paralympic ath-
lete, and the feeling every athlete will have — no matter where they are from or what flag they stand beneath —
when they have the honour of representing their country on the world stage in 2010. The motto was approved at
the IOC Executive Board meeting in Athens, Greece from June 4 to 6, 2008.

One week prior to unveiling the Games motto, VANOC unveiled its new graphic identity. Included in this launch
was a revamped website, the introduction of the Games pictograms (below) and examples of new merchandise.
The Vancouver 2010 graphic identity features many illustrated textures drawn from Canada’s natural and urban
environments as well as its rich cultural diversity.

•    The Whistler Sliding Centre opened to the public (self-guided tours) on July 3, 2008. Over 38,000 people
     have visited and experienced the venue. As of October 7th, the venue was open for sliding action which
     can be observed by the general public during specified hours. Visit for more de-

•     On July 7, 2008, VANOC and the University of British Columbia (UBC), in partnership with the Gov-
      ernment of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, announced construction is finished on UBC
      Thunderbird Arena, home of Ice Hockey and Ice Sledge Hockey during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
      Winter Games. The arena is the first Vancouver 2010 indoor competition venue to be com-pleted.

•     The brand new Sea to Sky Volunteer Centre opened in Squamish on September 1, 2008, making it
      easier for the entire corridor to become involved in the 2010 Winter Games.

•     Whistler Olympic Park (home to Cross Country, Biathlon, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping) will open to
      public tours and use for skiing and snowshoeing on November 22, 2008. Visit for
      more info.
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•    On July 16, 2008, the VANOC Board of Directors confirmed details for the 2010 Anti-Doping Program.
     The anti-doping laboratory will be located at the Richmond Olympic Oval (home to Speed Skating for
     the 2010 Games). Montreal’s Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)-Institut Armand-
     Frappier, Canada’s only world Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory, will operate the
     state-of-the art testing program for the Games.

                The Richmond Olympic Oval, home to the 2010 anti-doping laboratory
•    The hourly schedule of sport activities for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games was released on Au-
     gust 1, 2008 after it was approved by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee
     (IOC) in Beijing, China. The hourly Paralympic Winter Games Competition Schedule was approved by
     the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 2007. Both schedules are now available at vancou-

•    The seventh IOC Coordination Commission took place October 21 to 23, 2008.


VANOC began the venuization process in early 2007 with the formation of three Venue Planning Teams
(1 City, 1 Mountain and 1 Villages) as Core Team members began to meet on a regular basis to discuss
general venue operational planning.

In August of 2008, the venuization process again shifted when VEM and SPT staff relocated to the second
floor of the low-rise building of Campus 2010 and began sitting in venue team pods with planning centered
on individual Sport Events and Venue Operating Plan V2 for the respective venues.

From September 2008 through late 2009, key Functions will populate the respective venue teams and the
focus will shift to specific Games-Time planning at the conclusion of Sport Events.

The venuization process will be complete in late 2009/early 2010, when Venue Teams move to their respec-
tive venue sites.

VANOC Manager of Sport Entries and Qualifications, Elias Loukas, attended the 2008 Beijing Olympic
Games to observe and work alongside his Beijing counterparts in the SEQ and DRM process. The Vancou-
ver 2010 Games will continue to implement the online entries system, building on the trials and successes
from both Athens and Beijing.

The overall entries system in Beijing presented a successful process for all parties and proves that the
online direction is a needed and positive change. An additional benefit behind the online entries system is
that technology will adjust to the needs of all parties, including the OCOG, IFs and NOCs.
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Entry forms for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games will be distributed to NOCs in the fall of 2009. There
will be a demonstration of the sport entries system and athlete registration procedures during the Chef de
Mission Seminar which is scheduled for February 2009 in Vancouver. The Sport Entries Team look forward
to building a cohesive and positive relationship with the IFs for an effective entries process.


Canada Line
The construction of Metro Vancouver’s newest rapid transit line, the Canada Line, is now well advanced.
The 19-kilometre guide way has been completed and work is now focusing on the line’s 16 stations, on in-
stalling the track and the testing and commissioning of its trains.

When the Canada Line begins revenue service on or before November 2009, it will link Vancouver Interna-
tional Airport to downtown Richmond and downtown Vancouver as well as provide a connection to existing
regional transportation.

Sea to Sky Highway
BC’s Ministry of Transportation is on schedule with 80 per cent of the work
completed on the highway that connects Vancouver and Whistler. By fall
of 2009, extensive highway improvements will make travel along the corri-
dor safer for residents, commuters and tourists. These improvements in-
clude highway widening and straightening, improved sightlines, passing
lanes and other design innovations to reduce hazards, improve traffic flow
and increase route capacity.

VANOC is working with the min-
istry to ensure the 2010 Winter
Games requirements are inte-
grated with the Sea to Sky High-
way improvement project.

                                                          Sea to Sky Highway—Summer 2008

Below is a breakdown of the VANOC workforce as of September 30, 2008.
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VANOC officially launched the Games Client Property Program, designed to assist International Federa-
tions, National Sporting Organizations and other Olympic Games-related groups in finding non-
accommodation spaces, such as hospitality houses, for use during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. This
program was developed in partnership with Tourism Vancouver, the City of Richmond, the District of West
Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

IFs & NSOs can send their request for potential hospitality properties online at: for the Vancouver, Whistler, Richmond and West Vancouver areas. Once a
request form has been submitted, they will receive a list of properties matching their requirements. In all
cases, both groups will be able to contact and negotiate directly with the property owner.

Although they are encouraged to use the Games Client Property Program, the program does not represent
the entire inventory of available properties. IFs & NSOs may also independently search for properties suited
to their specific needs or contact their VANOC representative to explore other options.

VANOC is responsible for the management of Rate Card which is a rental program for items including Infor-
mation System equipment, Telecom and Vehicles. The catalogue of items, including the ordering terms and
conditions, will be distributed by email in a pdf format in November 2008.

A user-friendly online ordering portal is under development by VANOC. This ordering portal will launch on
Feb 1, 2009, the first day of the normal ordering period. The order portal will be used not only for standard
orders (orders for products in the catalogue) but also for non-standard requests (special requests). At all
times, IFs will be able to check the status of their submitted orders.

VANOC Rate Card and Sport Services continue to work closely together to define policies and procedures
and games-time operations.

                      Delegates from the most recent IOC Coordination Commission visit
                      pose for a photo at Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park—October 2008
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During the upcoming competition season, various venues in Vancouver and Whistler will be hosting Sport
Events in order to ready staff, volunteers and general operations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Para-
lympic Winter Games. Below is a schedule of the Sport Events that will occur in fall and winter 2008:

ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup, October 24 to 26, 2008, Pacific Coliseum

FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, January 16 to 17, 2009, Whistler Olympic Park
FIS Cross-Country Skiing World Cup, January 16 to 18, 2009, Whistler Olympic Park
FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, January 24 to 25, 2009, Whistler Olympic Park

FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup, February 2 to 7, 2009, The Whistler Sliding Centre
ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, February 2 to 8, 2009, Pacific Coliseum
FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup, February 5 to 7, 2009, Cypress Mountain
FIS Snowboard World Cup, February 12 to 15, 2009, Cypress Mountain
FIL Luge World Cup, February 16 to 21, 2009, The Whistler Sliding Centre
IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Four Nations Tournament, February 24 to March 1, 2009, UBC Thunderbird Arena
World Wheelchair Curling Championships, February 21 to 28, 2009, Vancouver Paralympic Centre

MARCH 2009
IPC Biathlon and Cross Country World Cup, March 4 to 7, 2009, Whistler Paralympic Park
IPC Alpine World Cup Finals, March 9 to14, 2009, Whistler Creekside
IBU Biathlon World Cup, March 11 to 15, 2009, Whistler Olympic Park
ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships, March 12 to 15, 2009, Richmond Olympic Oval

IIHF Women's Four Nation Tournament (Men's Four Teams Exhibition), August. 31 to September 6, 2009

            Ladies 3000m relay final at the most recent Sport Event—Samsung ISU World Cup Short
            Track in Vancouver on October 26, 2008
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Five kilometres of a roller ski loop has been completed and is
open for athlete training until the snow falls at Whistler Olym-
pic Park. The focus now lies on a few ongoing projects that
range from preparing for the World Cup to installing flag
poles and landscaping.

On selected days over the summer, there was a “Biathlon
Shooting Experience” that the public could take part in. There
was an average of 50 participants per day who not only had
an opportunity to tour the site, but who were able to try the
rifles for 5 shots each as well as gain a better understanding
                                                               Whistler Olympic Park Venue-Winter 2008
of the intricacies of the sport.

An A License Inspection occurred October 20 to 23, 2008. At that time there was a venue inspection and licens-
ing completed by the TD, Race Director and VP responsible for Sport of the IBU. VANOC also hosted the North
American Fall TD update.

WINTER 2008/ 2009 EVENTS
Whistler Olympic Park will host the following events for athletes of all ages during the BC and North American
Cup through to the world’s best cross country skiers during the World Cup.
 Event                                            Competition Dates
 BC Cup                                           December 6 to 7, 2008
 North American Cup                               February 7 to 8, 2009
 e.on Ruhrgas IBU Biathlon World Cup              March 11 to 15, 2009

The lBU venue licensing occurred in October when IBU Race Director
Franz Berger, Chairman of the IBU Technical Committee, Norbert Baier and
IBU Vice President of Sport, Vladimir Smirnov were onsite to inspect the
biathlon venue.

Recruitment of our sport
technical volunteers is
nearing completion and in
the continued effort to have
the most educated volun-
teers possible, the vast ma-
jority of these volunteers
have already completed
their level 1 officials’
course. There are also two
training events prior to the
World Cup in March 2009 in
order to assist our volun-
teers to get more experi-
ence and fine tune their     Athletes competing at the Biathlon Canadian        Athletes competing at the Cana-
skills.                      Championships -Winter 2008                         dian Championships -Winter 2008

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