Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games daily competition schedule and the sport calendar for 2008-09, now available



    Athletes, spectators can begin planning for Games-time events and pre-
    Games Sport Events

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - With the release of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
Winter Games Daily Competition Schedule, athletes and spectators across the
country and around the world can now start actively planning their 2010
Olympic Winter Games experience. Approved by the International Olympic
Committee (IOC), the Daily Competition Schedule gives a day-by-day account of
sporting activities over the 17 days of Olympic competition. The schedule
represents several years of planning and coordination by Games organizers.
Also today, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) released the calendar of 2008-09 Sport Events,
which will test VANOC departments at various degrees of operational readiness.
Both the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Sports Schedule and the 2008/-09 sport
event calendar are available at www.vancouver2010.com.

    2010 Daily Competition Schedule

    "Completion of the Olympic Games Daily Competition Schedule is a major
milestone on the way to 2010. It's an extremely complex puzzle that, now
solved, drives the entire Olympic experience," said Cathy Priestner Allinger,
executive vice president, Sport, Paralympics and Venue Management. "Now that
the schedule is in place, people can begin to make their plans to be in
Vancouver in 2010. At the same time, our team can start finalizing all
critical systems to ensure an optimal experience for all. And the world's
greatest winter athletes can begin developing their game-plan, as they prepare
to perform on the world's largest stage in 2010."
    With nine competition venues, three training venues, 12 stadia, seven
sports, 15 disciplines and 86 events to consider, producing the Daily
Competition Schedule is an extremely complex project that has already been
five years in the making. Drawing on the expertise of seven departments from
across the Organizing Committee, including Sport, Venue Management, Event
Services, Transportation, Broadcast, Technology and Ticketing, the schedule
has already undergone six major revisions and more than 50 drafts, each
requiring continuous collaboration with international sport federations and
broadcast rights holders from around the world.
    "We have worked extremely hard with our partners in sport and broadcast
to develop a balanced Games schedule that satisfies the demands of television
audiences around the world, as well as spectators who will attend the Games,
while ensuring athletes are provided with a winning environment to achieve
world-class performances," said Priestner Allinger. "The heavy lifting on the
schedule is now done. The next step will be to determine the specific timing
of events on each day. We expect that a final schedule, with specific event
times, will be released this summer."
    On a venue-by-venue basis, numerous factors determine the final schedule.
For example, Whistler Olympic Park (formerly known as the Whistler Nordic
Venue) requires the consideration of two international sport federations - the
International Ski Federation and the International Biathlon Union -
representing four disciplines and 28 events. Additional factors include
contingency planning for weather; event sequencing, to allow recovery time for
athletes who are competing in more than one event; venue operational
considerations; and complex broadcast logistics, including balancing worldwide
live coverage of events taking place simultaneously at different venues.
    As with all Winter Games, weather plays a significant role in schedule
planning. Since the Vancouver 2010 Bid Phase, VANOC has partnered with
Environment Canada, placing weather stations at every outdoor competition
venue to track weather patterns. VANOC determined the ideal timing for events
by comparing the findings compiled at these stations over the past five years,
and historical data previously generated about the region. For example, it was
determined the aerials competition at the Cypress Mountain venue should take
place in the evening, when visibility improves and winds settle; it was also
determined that ski jumping, at Whistler Olympic Park, should be scheduled for
the morning so as to take advantage of typically calmer winds. These extensive
studies also allowed VANOC to build into the schedule the necessary
contingencies for postponements or delays as a result of weather conditions.

    Whistler Creekside - The alpine skiing schedule follows the traditional
Olympic calendar of speed events such as downhill, Super G and super combined
in the first week to allow for weather contingencies. The second week will
include technical events such as slalom and giant slalom.

    Whistler Olympic Park - Nordic and biathlon events run all 17 days and
proved to be the most challenging with scheduling to accommodate two
International Sport Federations and four sport disciplines.

    The Whistler Sliding Centre - Luge, skeleton and bobsleigh will run
through the Games period in this order respectively (lightest to heaviest
sled) to maintain optimum sliding conditions on the track.

    Cypress Mountain - Freestyle and snowboard events run 16 of the 17 days
and include the new ski cross event.

    Pacific Coliseum - Short track speed skating and figure skating run 16 of
the 17 days and include the figure skating exhibition on the final Saturday
night.

    Richmond Oval - Speed skating events run from the first to the last day
of the Olympic calendar.

    General Motors Place and UBC Sport Centre - The women's ice hockey
tournament opens on the first day of the 2010 Winter Games with the finals on
Thursday, February 25. The men's competition starts on Tuesday, February 16.
The men's gold medal game is the final event on Sunday, February 28.

    Hillcrest/Nat Bailey Stadium Park - Both men's and women's curling
tournaments start on Tuesday, February 16. The women's finals are on Friday,
February 26 and the men's finals are on Saturday, February 27.

    2008-09 Sport Events

    In addition to approving the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Competition
Schedule, IOC signoff was also provided on the 2008-09 Sport Events calendar.
Prior to every Games, the IOC requires Organizing Committees to test their
operational readiness at a full series of sport events in order to test
facilities, personnel and operations. This includes both competition and
non-competition events. Sport events will provide VANOC the opportunity to
test various functions and collaborate with the winter International Sport
Federations, while offering the Canadian public a chance to learn more about
the 15 winter sport disciplines that will be showcased at the 2010 Games and
the athletes who will likely compete in 2010.
    "Sport events are critical, both to ensuring VANOC's operational
readiness at Games-time, and raising awareness for winter sport," said
Priestner Allinger. "Spectators will have the chance to experience,
first-hand, the excitement of international sport events, and to see the
spectacular 2010 Games venues. They'll also get to know the top winter sport
competitors in the world -including Canadian teams - who dream about playing
out their quest for gold at the 2010 Winter Games."
    The 2008-09 Sport Event schedule released today includes two components:
competition sport events and non-competition sport events. Competition sport
events are major national or international sporting events that exist either
on the international circuit, or are created by VANOC. These events are
executed under similar conditions to those at Games time and normally include
a live broadcast component. Non-competition sport events are major events
organized by VANOC and may be staged in conjunction with Competition Sport
events. They provide an opportunity to test elements of Games-time operations,
such as arrivals and departures, simultaneous interpretation and protocol
operations.
    The 2008-09 calendar lists a total of 21 sport events, and the first
official sport event, where VANOC will be performing operational testing, will
be the 2008 Alpine World Cup, taking place this February in Whistler.

    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: Andrew Riley, Vancouver 2010,
(778) 328-6721; Mary Fraser, Vancouver 2010, (778) 328-3667

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