Media Advisory - One Year to Go: VANOC announces one-year countdown celebration plans for February 11-12, 2009



    VANCOUVER, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - The Canadian winter will come alive this week
with celebrations marking the one-year countdown to the beginning of the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, starting February 11 and continuing
through February 12, 2009.
    The following is a list of countdown activities coordinated by the
Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games (VANOC). Many other exciting events are being organized by VANOC's
corporate sponsors and government partners. Media are encouraged to contact
them directly for more information.
    All events are listed in Pacific Time unless otherwise stated. Events are
subject to change.

    
    February 11, 2009

    WHISTLER, British Columbia

    International Olympic Committee (IOC) News Conference

      Location: The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, 4090 Whistler Way,
                Ballroom Emerald C

      Time: 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

         -  Jacques Rogge, IOC President
         -  René Fasel, IOC Chairman of the Vancouver 2010 Coordination
            Commission
         -  John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer
      -  For information: Sébastien Théberge, 604-403-2261,
         sebastien_theberge@vancouver2010.com
      -  Accreditation: Required. Please see accreditation instructions
         below.

    Official bobsled presentation at The Whistler Sliding Centre with Omega
    Clock

      Location: The Whistler Sliding Centre, 4910 Glacier Lane, Whistler, BC,
                CORNER 16

      Time: 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

      -  Presentation of an Omega bobsled and countdown clock as it turns to
         365 days remaining until the start of the Games in 2010.
         -  IOC President Jacques Rogge
         -  René Fasel, IOC Chairman of the Vancouver 2010 Coordination
            Commission
         -  Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director
         -  Stephen Urquhart, OMEGA President
         -  VANOC CEO John Furlong
         -  Morgan Alexander, 2006 Canadian Olympian, bobsleigh
         -  Lindsay Alcock, member of the 2002 and 2006 Canadian Olympic
            teams (skeleton, retired)
         -  Government partner representatives
      -  For information: John Gibson, 604-403-1585,
         john_gibson@vancouver2010.com
      -  Accreditation: Required. Please see accreditation instructions
         below.
      -  Media Parking: Accredited media must board courtesy shuttle buses
         from The Westin immediately following the IOC press conference to
         attend the event. The shuttle buses will return to The Westin
         following the conclusion of the Omega presentation at The Whistler
         Sliding Centre.
      -  Satellite truck positions at The Whistler Sliding Centre: Access is
         limited. Please contact John Gibson at
         john_gibson@vancouver2010.com, 604-403-1585.


    February 12, 2009 (One Year Until Games Time)

    WHISTLER, British Columbia

    Public unveiling of the torch design and torchbearer uniform for the 2010
    Olympic Winter Games Torch Relay

      Location: Village Square, Whistler

      Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

      -  The 2010 Olympic Winter Games Torch Relay torch design and
         torchbearer uniform will be unveiled at this entertaining,
         family-friendly public event. Officials from Bombardier, the
         Canadian company that designed and manufactured the torch, and
         Hudson's Bay Company, the Canadian company that designed the
         torchbearer uniform, will be in attendance, along with torchbearers
         selected by Coca-Cola and RBC, national presenting partners of the
         2010 Olympic Torch Relay.
         -  IOC President Jacques Rogge
         -  The Honourable Gary Lunn, Government of Canada, Minister of
            State (Sport)
         -  The Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia
         -  His Worship Ken Melamed, Mayor of Whistler
         -  Chief Leonard Andrew, Lil'Wat Nation
         -  VANOC CEO John Furlong
         -  Pierre Beaudoin, President, Bombardier Inc.
         -  Jeffrey Sherman, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson's Bay Company
         -  Torchbearers selected by Coca-Cola and RBC
      -  For information: Katie Green, 604-402-2473,
         katie_green@vancouver2010.com
      -  Accreditation: Required for stage-side access and follow-up
         interviews. Please see accreditation instructions below.
      -  Satellite truck positions: Please contact Breton Murphy at Tourism
         Whistler: bmurphy@tourismwhistler.com or 604-935-3356

    ACROSS CANADA

    "Let's Make Some Noise"

      Location: Across Canada

      Time: 6:00 p.m. in each local Canadian time zone.

      -  VANOC and its partners invite everyone across Canada to make some
         noise at 6:00 p.m. local time in each time zone across the country
         to, in their own unique way, help celebrate the countdown to
         Canada's Games in 2010. Events will be held in numerous communities
         across Canada.
      -  For information about events hosted by VANOC's government partners
         and sponsors: Please contact the respective municipal or provincial
         government authority or tourism organization, or the federal
         department of Canadian Heritage. Members of the media can also
         consult the special "Hot Topic" section of Canada Newswire for
         one-year-countdown-related releases and advisories at
         www.newswire.ca.

    RICHMOND, British Columbia

    The Countdown 2010 official celebration presented by the Government of
    British Columbia - including IOC President Rogge's invitation to National
    Olympic Committees to compete in Vancouver at the 2010 Olympic Winter
    Games.

      Location: Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Road, Richmond, BC

      Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

      -  The Province of British Columbia, Host Province of the 2010 Winter
         Games, hosts an official ceremony marking the one-year countdown to
         the start of the Games on February 12, 2010 at 6:00 p.m., when
         Canada officially welcomes the world at the Opening Ceremony of the
         Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The ceremony will include
         performances by more than 200 children from across British Columbia.
         -  IOC President Jacques Rogge
         -  The Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia
         -  The Honourable Gary Lunn, Government of Canada, Minister of
            State (Sport)
         -  Jack Poole, VANOC Chairman of the Board
         -  VANOC CEO John Furlong
         -  Cindy Klassen, member of the 2002 and 2006 Canadian Olympian
            teams (speed skating), multiple medallist
         -  National Olympic Committee presidents
      -  For information: Karen Murry, 250-387-0779,
         karen.murry@gov.bc.ca, BC Public Affairs Bureau.
      -  Accreditation: Members of the media are required to register by
         contacting Karen Murry by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday,
         February 11. Media will be required to show media ID along with
         photo ID upon arrival at the event no later than 4:30 p.m. Live
         reporting will not permitted inside the Oval during the ceremony.
         A six-camera-directed broadcast feed of the entire show, as well as
         an audio feed, will be available. Media will be permitted to access
         and use the material in its entirety or any portions thereof. To
         record, media must bring their own recording deck.
      -  Media will have the ability to patch the live feed to their
         satellite/microwave trucks and to cut in and out of live newscasts
         occurring at the same time. During the ceremony, production
         lighting will be provided to meet broadcast quality standards. No
         additional lighting will be permitted until the program's
         conclusion. Reserved parking space is not available for the media.
         Please use nearby public parking. Parking for microwave or
         satellite trucks can be coordinated through Karen Murry.

    VANCOUVER, BC

    One-Year Countdown Celebration, featuring Sarah McLachlan

      Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC

      Time: 7:30 p.m.

      -  One-Year Countdown Celebration, featuring acclaimed international
         singing, songwriting star Sarah McLachlan, Halifax rocker Joel
         Plaskett, violinist Adrian Anantawan, Luke Doucet, the Alberta
         Ballet and special guests. This sold-out concert is part of the
         Cultural Olympiad 2009 program, a seven-week celebration.
      -  For information: Erin Mikaluk, 604-403-2471,
         erin_mikaluk@vancouver2010.com.


                      ACCREDITATION FOR WHISTLER EVENTS
                      ---------------------------------

    VANOC and its partners invite members of the media to register in advance
for Whistler-related events taking place on February 11 and 12. Media will be
required to show accreditation for access to the press conference and the
photo-op on February 11. For the morning event taking place on February 12 in
Whistler Village Square, special accreditation will be granted for access to
specific event areas.
    Accreditations granted in advance of the events will be distributed to
media in Whistler.
    For last-minute or event-specific accreditation requests/pick-up:
    -  Press conference at The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler: in the lobby
       of the hotel one hour before the event.
    -  Omega bobsled presentation/clock photo-op: accreditation must be
       obtained before the press conference at The Westin Resort & Spa,
       Whistler, starting at 3:00 p.m. on February 11.
    -  2010 Olympic Torch unveiling in Whistler Village Square: available
       from 6:00 a.m. at the media accreditation centre, in the small
       building in front of the Whistler Conference Centre, adjacent to
       the Village Square.

    Accreditation for the Whistler events begins immediately.
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    Please contact: mediarelations@vancouver2010.com or 604-403-1611.


     EVENT PRODUCTION BRIEFING WITH MEDIA - Torch and Uniform unveilings
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    Please note that accredited media and network producers are invited to an
event production meeting hosted by VANOC and Tourism Whistler on February 11
at 9:00 p.m., at the Premier Room of the Blackcomb Lodge, next to the Whistler
Village Square. For information, contact Sébastien Théberge, 604-403-2261 or
sebastien_theberge@vancouver2010.com.
    





For further information:

For further information: VANOC Media Relations,
mediarelations@vancouver2010.com, (604) 403-1611

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