Media Advisory - VANOC to celebrate the end of construction of all Whistler Olympic and Paralympic competition venues on Friday, December 14



    First competition at Whistler Nordic Venue on Saturday, December 15

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 11 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), the Government of Canada,
the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler will
celebrate the end of construction on Whistler's three competition venues with
a community celebration on December 14.

    Whistler Sliding Centre photo opportunity and media availability:

    Members of the media are invited to a photo opportunity and media
availability at the Whistler Sliding Center. Following a brief presentation
and photo opportunity, attendees will be available for one-on-one interviews.

    
    When:        Friday, December 14, 2007
                 Media Bus departs: 12:40 pm PST
                 Photo opportunity/media availability: 1:00 pm PST
                 Event concludes: 2:00 pm PST

    Where - Media transportation:

                 Whistler Sliding Centre
                 4910 Glacier Way, Whistler BC
                 Media should park at Lot No. 8 and board the media shuttles
                 no later than 12:40 pm for transportation to the Whistler
                 Sliding Centre.

    Attending:   John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer,
                 Dan Doyle, VANOC Executive Vice President; Venue
                 Construction
                 The Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International
                 Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the
                 Vancouver-Whistler Olympics
                 The Honourable Colin Hansen, Minister of Economic
                 Development and Minister responsible for the Asia-Pacific
                 Initiative and the Olympics
                 Ken Melamed, Mayor of the Resort Municipality of Whistler
                 Duff Gibson, Canadian Olympic gold medalist, skeleton, 2006
                 Torino Winter Games

    Après Construction community celebration:

    VANOC and its partners will join the venue construction teams, their
families and the Whistler community to mark the end of construction with a
family focused celebration. Entertainment will include The Paperboys who will
play a mix of Canadian and Celtic music favourites, traditional dances from
the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations and a visit from the Vancouver 2010 mascots.

    When:        Friday, December 14, 2007
                 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm PST
                 Formal remarks begin at 6:00 pm PST

    Where:       The Westin Resort and Spa
                 Emerald Ballroom
                 4090 Whistler Way
                 Whistler, BC

    Attending:   John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer,
                 Dan Doyle, VANOC Executive Vice President; Venue
                 Construction
                 The Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International
                 Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the
                 Vancouver-Whistler Olympics
                 The Honourable Colin Hansen, Minister of Economic
                 Development and Minister responsible for the Asia-Pacific
                 Initiative and the Olympics
                 Ken Melamed, Mayor of the Resort Municipality of Whistler
                 Duff Gibson, Canadian Olympic gold medalist, skeleton, 2006
                 Torino Winter Games

    Whistler Nordic Venue, Public Access Commences - Event details:

    More then 100 cross country ski competitors of all ages will take to the
trails at the newly opened Whistler Nordic Venue in the facility's first
official competition. Racers as young as six years old will be joined by
members of Canada's Para-Nordic National Cross Country Ski Team and an excited
skiing public that has eagerly anticipated their first opportunity to use the
trails at the world-class facility.

    When:        Saturday, December 15, 2007
                 Venue opens at 8:00 am
                 Race registration at 9:00 am
                 First Race at 11:00 am

    Where:       Whistler Nordic Venue
                 5 Callaghan Valley Road
                 Callaghan Valley, BC
                 (Approximately 10 kilometers from Highway 99)
    

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Katie Green, Vancouver 2010,
(778) 328-6473; Stephane Delisle, Vancouver 2010, (778) 328-1186

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