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the Inukshuk| host_city = Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaO Canada>With glowing hearts()| nations = 82| athletes = 2,566 (1044 women, 1522 men)Olympic sports>sports (15 disciplines)| opening = February 12| closing = February 28Governor General of Canada>Governor General Michaëlle Jean| cauldron = Catriona Le May DoanNancy GreeneWayne GretzkySteve Nash| stadium = BC Place2006 Winter Olympics>Turin 20062014 Winter Olympics>Sochi 20142008 Summer Olympics>Beijing 20082012 Summer Olympics>London 2012}}{{2010 Winter Olympics}}The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games () and commonly known as Vancouver 2010, informally the 21st Winter Olympics, was an international winter multi-sport event that was held from 12 to 28 February 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events held in the surrounding suburbs of Richmond, West Vancouver and the University Endowment Lands, and in the nearby resort town of Whistler.Approximately 2,600 athletes from 82 nations participated in 86 events in fifteen disciplines.WEB, The Olympic Winter Games Factsheet,weblink International Olympic Committee, August 5, 2012, Both the Olympic and Paralympic Games were organized by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC), headed by John Furlong. The 2010 Winter Olympics were the third Olympics hosted by Canada and the first by the province of British Columbia. Canada hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Metro Vancouver is the largest metropolitan area to host the Winter Olympics, although Calgary is the largest city to host the Winter Olympics. They will both be surpassed by Beijing in 2022.Following Olympic tradition, the incumbent mayor of Vancouver Sam Sullivan received the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. The flag was raised on February 28, 2006, in a special ceremony and was on display at Vancouver City Hall until the Olympic opening ceremony. The event was officially opened by Governor General Michaëlle Jean,WEB,weblink Office of the Governor General of Canada, Governor General to Open the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, February 8, 2010, Queen's Printer for Canada, September 21, 2012, who was accompanied by the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge.NEWS,weblink Gretzky lights up Vancouver Olympics, CBC, CBC Sports, February 12, 2010, August 14, 2012, Robson, Dan, For the first time, Canada won gold in an official sport at an Olympic Games hosted at home, having failed to do so at both the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary (although Canada won the woman's curling event in Calgary when it was still only a demonstration sport).NEWS,weblink World Curling Federation - Past Olympic Results, World Curling Federation, 2018-02-11, en, Canada clinched their first gold medal on the second day of the competition and first topped the gold medal tally on the second to last day of competition and went on to become the first host nation since Norway in 1952 to lead the gold medal count.NEWS,weblink U.S. clinches medals mark, Canada ties gold record, February 27, 2010, Associated Press, January 25, 2011, Vancouver, With 14, Canada broke the record for the most gold medals won at a single Winter Olympics, which was 13, set by the Soviet Union in 1976 and Norway in 2002.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100303045557weblink">weblink 2010-03-03, Canada sets Olympic gold record, February 27, 2010, February 27, 2010, Canadian Press, CBC Sports, The United States won the most medals in total, their second time doing so at the Winter Olympics, and broke the record for the most medals won at a single Winter Olympics with 37, a record held up to then by Germany in 2002 with 36 medals. Athletes from SlovakiaNEWS, The Australian,weblink Anastazia Kuzmina wins Slovakia first winter crown, February 14, 2010, February 21, 2010, and BelarusNEWS,weblink Grishin Grabs First Gold For Belarus, February 26, 2010, Reuters, February 26, 2010, Vancouver, won the first Winter Olympic gold medals for their nations.

Bid and preparations

{| class="wikitable"! colspan="4" | 2010 Winter Olympics bidding results! City! NationRound 1Round 2| VancouverCanada}} 40 56| PyeongchangSouth Korea}} 51 53| SalzburgAustria}} 16 -The Canadian Olympic Association chose Vancouver as the Canadian candidate city over Calgary, which sought to re-host the Games and Quebec City, which had lost the 2002 Olympic bid in 1995. On the first round of voting on November 21, 1998, Vancouver-Whistler had 26 votes, Quebec City had 25 and Calgary had 21. On December 3, 1998, the second and final round of voting occurred between the two leading contenders, which saw Vancouver win with 40 votes compared to Quebec City's 32 votes. Vancouver had also previously bid for the 1976 games, which were first awarded to Denver, then to Innsbruck and the 1980 games, which were awarded to Lake Placid.After the bribery scandal over the candidacy of the Salt Lake City bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics (which resulted in Quebec City asking for compensation (C$8 million) for its unsuccessful bid),WEB,weblink IOC rejects Quebec City request, March 23, 1999, Canadian Online Explorer, Slam! Olympics, January 7, 2009, many of the rules of the bidding process were changed in 1999. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) created the Evaluation Commission, which was appointed on October 24, 2002. Prior to the bidding for the 2008 Summer Olympics, host cities would often fly members of the IOC to their city where they toured the city and were provided with gifts. The lack of oversight and transparency often led to allegations of money for votes. Afterward, changes brought forth by the IOC bidding rules were tightened, and more focused on technical aspects of candidate cities. The team analyzed the candidate city features and provided its input back to the IOC.Vancouver won the bid to host the Olympics by a vote of the International Olympic Committee on July 2, 2003, at the 115th IOC Session held in Prague, Czech Republic. The result was announced by IOC President Jacques Rogge.NEWS,weblink Vancouver to host 2010 Winter Olympics, BBC, CBBC Newsround, July 2, 2003, January 7, 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090131105840weblink">weblink January 31, 2009, no, Vancouver faced two other finalists shortlisted that same February: Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Salzburg, Austria. Pyeongchang had the most votes of the three cities in the first round of voting, in which Salzburg was eliminated. In the run-off, all but two of the members who had voted for Salzburg voted for Vancouver. It was the closest vote by the IOC since Sydney, Australia beat Beijing for the 2000 Summer Olympics by two votes. Vancouver's victory came almost two years after Toronto's 2008 Summer Olympic bid was defeated by Beijing in a landslide vote.The Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) spent C$16.6 million on upgrading facilities at Cypress Mountain, which hosted the freestyle (aerials, moguls, ski cross) and snowboarding events. With the opening in February 2009 of the C$40 million Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre at Hillcrest Park, which hosted curling, every sports venue for the 2010 Games was completed on time and at least one year prior to the Games.WEB,weblink New Vancouver 2010 Sports Venues Completed, Crsportsnews.com, February 24, 2009, January 10, 2010, WEB,weblink$580-million-budget.-vancouver-olympic-paralympic-centre-opens-today-as-a-model-of-sustainable-building-_63896GI.html, Vancouver 2010 sport venues completed on time and within C$580-million budget. Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre opens today as a model of sustainable building – News Releases : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, Vancouver2010.com, February 19, 2009, January 10, 2010,

Financials

Operations

In 2004, the operational cost of the 2010 Winter Olympics was estimated to be Canadian $1.354 billion (about £828,499,787, €975,033,598 or US$1,314,307,896). As of mid-2009 it was projected to be C$1.76 billion,NEWS,weblink Vancouver's 'Poverty Olympics' Protest Millions Spent On Winter Games, Huffingtonpost.com, July 1, 2010, February 8, 2010, mostly raised from non-government sources, primarily through sponsorships and the auction of national broadcasting rights. C$580 million was the taxpayer-supported budget to construct or renovate venues throughout Vancouver and Whistler. A final audit conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers released in December 2010 revealed total operation cost to have been $1.84 billion and came in on budget resulting in neither surplus nor deficit. Construction of venues also came on budget with a total cost of $603 million.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101223121323weblink">weblink December 23, 2010, Vancouver Olympics generated $2.5 billion, Calgaryherald.com, December 18, 2010, January 12, 2011, yes, PricewaterhouseCoopers' study estimated a total contribution to the BC economy of $2.3 billion of Gross Domestic Product, and as well creating 45,000 jobs and contributing an additional $463 million to the tourism industry while venue construction by VANOC and 3rd parties added $1.22 billion to the economy, far short of the $10 billion forecast by Premier Gordon Campbell. The study also said that hosting the Olympics was one of many reasons why the provincial debt grew by $24 billion during the decade. Non direct olympics games cost (e.g. expanded rail network, highways, security, paid time off for government employees "volunteering" etc.) cost in excess of 7 billion.WEB,weblink Vancouver Olympics worth the $7-billion price tag, study says, The Globe and Mail, In 2011, the provincial auditor-general declined to conduct a post-Games audit.WEB,weblink Vancouver's recession-rocked Olympics left a mixed economic legacy - Metro Vancouver,

Security costs

C$200 million was expected to be spent for security, which was organized through a special body, the Integrated Security Unit, of which the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was the lead agency; other government agencies such as the Vancouver Police Department, Canada Border Services Agency, Canadian Forces, and police agencies across Canada. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) also played a role. That number was later revealed to be in the region of C$1 billion, an amount in excess of five times what was originally estimated.NEWS, Olympic security estimated to cost C$900M,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090221115608weblink">weblink 2009-02-21, February 19, 2009, CBC News, January 25, 2011,

Venues

(File:Olympic sites map 2010.jpg|thumb|Olympic sites map)File:Richmond Olympic Oval front view.jpg|thumb|right|(Richmond Olympic Oval]]: speed skating long track venue)Some venues, including the Richmond Olympic Oval, were at sea level, a rarity for the Winter Games.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110717110537weblink">weblink 2011-07-17, Winter Olympics Vancouver | Travel and Tourism, Tstsy.com, 2010, July 1, 2010, The 2010 Games were also the first—Winter or Summer—to have had an Opening Ceremony held indoors.WEB,weblink Vancouver Olympics Open With Indoor Ceremonies, NPR, February 12, 2010, July 1, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100811182957weblink">weblink August 11, 2010, no, Greater Vancouver was the most populous metropolitan area ever to hold the Winter Games.NEWS, Mackin, Bob, Vancouver to reduce downtown traffic,weblink Toronto Sun, QMI, February 10, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110606094322weblink">weblink June 6, 2011, February 24, 2010, no, mdy, In February, the month when the Games were held, Vancouver has an average temperature of {{convert|4.8|°C}}.NEWS, Winter Olympics all wet?: Vancouver has the mildest climate of any Winter Games host city, Vancouver Sun, July 9, 2003, The average temperature as measured at Vancouver International Airport was {{convert|7.1|C}} for the month of February 2010.WEB,weblink Daily Data Report for February 2010, National Climate Data and Information Archive, Environment Canada, January 25, 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110727224941weblink">weblink July 27, 2011, mdy-all, The opening and closing ceremonies were held at BC Place Stadium, which received over C$150 million in major renovations. Competition venues in Greater Vancouver included the Pacific Coliseum, the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre, the UBC Winter Sports Centre, the Richmond Olympic Oval and Cypress Mountain. GM Place, now known as Rogers Arena, played host to ice hockey events, being renamed Canada Hockey Place for the duration of the Games since corporate sponsorship is not allowed for an Olympic venue. Renovations included the removal of advertising from the ice surface and conversion of some seating to accommodate the media.WEB,weblink GM Place to get new name for 2010, CTV News, 2008, January 7, 2009, The 2010 Winter Olympics marked the first time an Olympic hockey game was played on a rink sized according to NHL rules instead of international specifications. Competition venues in Whistler included Whistler Creekside at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, the Whistler Olympic Park, the Whistler Celebration Plaza and the Whistler Sliding Centre.The 2010 Winter Games marked the first time that the energy consumption of the Olympic venues was tracked in real time and made available to the public. Energy data was collected from the metering and building automation systems of nine of the Olympic venues and was displayed online through the Venue Energy Tracker project.NEWS, Measuring the Power of Sport, The Globe and Mail,weblink February 4, 2010, Toronto,

Marketing

{{See also|2010 Winter Olympics marketing}}

Media coverage

{{See also|List of 2010 Winter Olympics broadcasters}}The Olympic Games in Vancouver were broadcast worldwide by a number of television broadcasters. As rights for the 2010 Games have been packaged with those for the 2012 Summer Olympics, broadcasters were largely identical for both events.The host broadcaster was Olympic Broadcasting Services Vancouver, a subsidiary of the IOC's new in-house broadcasting unit Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS). The 2010 Olympics marked the first Games where the host broadcasting facilities were provided solely by OBS.WEB,weblink OBSV Introduction, Obsv.ca, January 10, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100120040058weblink">weblink January 20, 2010, yes, mdy, The executive director of Olympic Broadcasting Services Vancouver was Nancy Lee, a former producer and executive for CBC Sports."Nancy Lee leaving CBC Sports", cbc.ca, October 10, 2006.In Canada, the Games were the first Olympic Games broadcast by a new Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium led by CTVglobemedia and Rogers Media, displacing previous broadcaster CBC Sports. Main English-language coverage was shown on the CTV Television Network, while supplementary programming was mainly shown on TSN and Rogers Sportsnet. Main French-language coverage was shown on V and RDS.NEWS, CTV wins 2010 and 2012 Olympic broadcast rights, CBC Sports, February 9, 2005,weblink September 21, 2008, In the United States, Associated Press (AP) announced that it would send 120 reporters, photographers, editors and videographers to cover the Games on behalf of the country's news media.WEB, AP Seeks New Internet Business Model in Winter Olympics,weblink Editor & Publisher, February 4, 2010, February 4, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100206010625weblink">weblink February 6, 2010, no, The cost of their Olympics coverage prompted AP to make a "real departure for the wire service's online coverage". Rather than simply providing content, it partnered with more than 900 newspapers and broadcasters who split the ad revenue generated from an AP-produced multi-media package of video, photos, statistics, stories and a daily Webcast. AP's coverage included a microsite with web widgets facilitating integration with social networking and bookmarking services.weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100716172609weblink">About this Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Microsite from wintergames.ap.orgOn NBC, Bob Costas hosted the primetime telecast, while Al Michaels did so during the day. Together they co-hosted NBC's coverage of the Closing Ceremony.In France, the Games were covered by France Télévisions, which included continuous live coverage on its website.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100214105105weblink">weblink yes, February 14, 2010, Jeux Olympiques de Vancouver 2010 - France Télévisions, February 14, 2010, The official broadcast theme for the Olympic Broadcasting Services host broadcast was a piece called "City of Ice" composed by Rob May and Simon Hill.WEB,weblink Sitting Duck – Team, Sittingduckmusicandmedia.com, April 2, 2010, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110202140842weblink">weblink February 2, 2011,

Torch relay

File:Vancouver-Olympics-clock.jpg|thumb|right|The clock counting down to the opening of the Olympic Games in Downtown VancouverDowntown VancouverThe Olympic Torch Relay is the transfer of the Olympic flame from Ancient Olympia, Greece — where the first Olympic Games were held thousands of years ago — to the stadium of the city hosting the current Olympic Games. The flame arrives just in time for the Opening Ceremony.For the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the flame was lit in Olympia on October 22, 2009.NEWS
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, It then traveled from Greece, over the North Pole to Canada's High Arctic and on to the West Coast and Vancouver. The relay started its long Canada journey from the British Columbia capital of Victoria. In Canada, the torch traveled approximately {{convert|45000|km|mi}} over 106 days, making it the longest relay route within one country in Olympic history. The Olympic Torch was carried by approximately 12,000 Canadians and reached over 1,000 communities.NEWS, Funding for 2010 Olympics torch relay to focus on local events,weblink April 30, 2009, December 23, 2009, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC News, NEWS,weblink 2010 Olympic Torch relay general info, February 11, 2010, CTV Television Network, CTV, CTV, February 11, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100126010750weblink">weblink January 26, 2010, yes, mdy-all, Celebrity torchbearers included Arnold Schwarzenegger,NEWS,weblink Emotions run high on final day of torch relay newspaper= Vancouver Sun, Canwest Publishing, June 15, 2011, Steve Nash,NEWS,weblinklast=Swiat, Stefan publisher= nba.com, June 15, 2011, Matt Lauer,NEWS,weblink For the next Hour, I am pure Canadian work= Vancouver 24hr news, Canoe, February 11, 2010, Justin Morneau,NEWS,weblink Healthy Morneau excited to carry Torch work= mlb.com, mlb.com, February 11, 2010, Michael Bublé,NEWS
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, Michael Buble, Jann Arden to join in Olympic torch ceremony
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, Wayne Gretzky,NEWS,weblink Pressing questions as Olympic hockey beckons, February 14, 2010Vancouver Canucks teams that went to the Stanley Cup Finals: Trevor Linden ({{Stanley Cup Finals Year>1994}})HTTP://WWW.CBC.CA/SPORTS/STORY/2010/02/11/BC-VANCOUVER-OLYMPIC-PREPARATIONS.HTML>TITLE=OLYMPIC FEVER BUILDS IN VANCOUVERPUBLISHER=CBCSPORTS.CAACCESSDATE=FEBRUARY 11, 2010, and Stan Smyl ({{Stanley Cup Finals YearDATE=FEBRUARY 8, 2010 FIRST=MARSHA WORK=THE GLOBE AND MAIL ARCHIVEDATE=FEBRUARY 10, 2010 DF=,

The Games

Participating National Olympic Committees

82 National Olympic Committees (NOC) entered teams in the 2010 Winter Olympics.WEB,weblink Olympic Athletes, Teams and Countries, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, VANOC, February 27, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100218221416weblink">weblink February 18, 2010, yes, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Ghana, Montenegro, Pakistan, Peru and Serbia made their winter Olympic debuts. Also Jamaica, Mexico and Morocco returned to the Games after missing the Turin Games. Tonga sought to make its Winter Olympic debut by entering a single competitor in luge, attracting some media attention, but he crashed in the final round of qualifying."Tongan athlete narrowly misses out on Winter Olympics", Australian Broadcasting Corporation, February 1, 2010Luxembourg qualified two athletesWEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100215145939weblink">weblink February 15, 2010, Summary of Quota allocation (Alpine Skiing), FIS-Ski – International Ski Federation, 2010, PDF, July 1, 2010, yes, mdy, but did not participate because one did not reach the criteria set by the NOCWEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100220155751weblink">weblink 2010-02-20, Sport | Kari Peters bleibt zu Hause, wort.lu, February 7, 2010, and the other was injuredWEB,weblink Sport | Stefano Speck fährt nicht nach Vancouver, wort.lu, February 7, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100304141955weblink">weblink March 4, 2010, no, before the Games. Below is a map of the participating nations and a list of the nations with the number of competitors indicated in brackets.WEB, Countries, Yahoo Sports,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111125043233weblink">weblink 2011-11-25, August 8, 2011, (File:2010 Winter Olympics Participants.svg|thumb|2010 Winter Olympics Participants|center|upright=2.75){| class="wikitable collapsible" style="width:100%;"! Participating (:Category:Nations at the 2010 Winter Olympics|National Olympic Committees)|{{div col|colwidth=22em}}
  • {{flagIOC|ALB|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|ALG|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|AND|2010 Winter|6}}
  • {{flagIOC|ARG|2010 Winter|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|ARM|2010 Winter|4}}
  • {{flagIOC|AUS|2010 Winter|40}}
  • {{flagIOC|AUT|2010 Winter|81}}
  • {{flagIOC|AZE|2010 Winter|2}}
  • {{flagIOC|BLR|2010 Winter|51}}
  • {{flagIOC|BEL|2010 Winter|8}}
  • {{flagIOC|BER|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|BIH|2010 Winter|5}}
  • {{flagIOC|BRA|2010 Winter|5}}
  • {{flagIOC|BUL|2010 Winter|19}}
  • {{flagIOC|CAN|2010 Winter|206}} (host)
  • {{flagIOC|CAY|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|CHI|2010 Winter|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|CHN|2010 Winter|90}}
  • {{flagIOC|COL|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|CRO|2010 Winter|19}}
  • {{flagIOC|CYP|2010 Winter|2}}
  • {{flagIOC|CZE|2010 Winter|92}}
  • {{flagIOC|DEN|2010 Winter|18}}
  • {{flagIOC|EST|2010 Winter|30}}
  • {{flagIOC|ETH|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|FIN|2010 Winter|95}}
  • {{flagIOC|FRA|2010 Winter|108}}
  • {{flagIOC|GEO|2010 Winter|8}}
  • {{flagIOC|GER|2010 Winter|153}}
  • {{flagIOC|GHA|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|GBR|2010 Winter|52}}
  • {{flagIOC|GRE|2010 Winter|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|HKG|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|HUN|2010 Winter|16}}
  • {{flagIOC|ISL|2010 Winter|4}}
  • {{flagIOC|IND|2010 Winter|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|IRI|2010 Winter|4}}
  • {{flagIOC|IRL|2010 Winter|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|ISR|2010 Winter|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|ITA|2010 Winter|109}}
  • {{flagIOC|JAM|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|JPN|2010 Winter|94}}
  • {{flagIOC|KAZ|2010 Winter|38}}
  • {{flagIOC|PRK|2010 Winter|2}}
  • {{flagIOC|KOR|2010 Winter|46}}
  • {{flagIOC|KGZ|2010 Winter|2}}
  • {{flagIOC|LAT|2010 Winter|59}}
  • {{flagIOC|LIB|2010 Winter|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|LIE|2010 Winter|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|LTU|2010 Winter|8}}
  • {{flagIOC|MKD|2010 Winter|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|MEX|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|MDA|2010 Winter|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|MON|2010 Winter|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|MGL|2010 Winter|2}}
  • {{flagIOC|MNE|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|MAR|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|NEP|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|NED|2010 Winter|34}}
  • {{flagIOC|NZL|2010 Winter|16}}
  • {{flagIOC|NOR|2010 Winter|99}}
  • {{flagIOC|PAK|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|PER|2010 Winter|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|POL|2010 Winter|50}}
  • {{flagIOC|POR|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|ROU|2010 Winter|29}}
  • {{flagIOC|RUS|2010 Winter|177}}
  • {{flagIOC|SMR|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|SEN|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|SRB|2010 Winter|10}}
  • {{flagIOC|SVK|2010 Winter|73}}
  • {{flagIOC|SLO|2010 Winter|50}}
  • {{flagIOC|RSA|2010 Winter|2}}
  • {{flagIOC|ESP|2010 Winter|18}}
  • {{flagIOC|SWE|2010 Winter|106}}
  • {{flagIOC|SUI|2010 Winter|146}}
  • {{flagIOC|TPE|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|TJK|2010 Winter|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|TUR|2010 Winter|5}}
  • {{flagIOC|UKR|2010 Winter|47}}
  • {{flagIOC|USA|2010 Winter|216}}
  • {{flagIOC|UZB|2010 Winter|3}}
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Sports

The 2010 Winter Olympics featured 86 events over 15 disciplines in 7 sports.{{div col}}
  1. Biathlon
    • {{GamesSport|Biathlon|Events=10}}
  2. Bobsleigh
    • {{GamesSport|Bobsleigh|Events=3}}
    • {{GamesSport|Skeleton|Events=2}}
  3. Curling
    • {{GamesSport|Curling|Events=2}}
  4. Ice hockey
    • {{GamesSport|Ice hockey|Events=2}}
  5. Luge
    • {{GamesSport|Luge|Events=3}}
  6. Skating
    • {{GamesSport|Figure skating|Events=4}}
    • {{GamesSport|Short track speed skating|Events=8}}
    • {{GamesSport|Speed skating|Events=12}}
  7. Skiing
    • {{GamesSport|Alpine skiing|Events=10}}
    • {{GamesSport|Cross-country skiing|Events=12}}
    • {{GamesSport|Freestyle skiing|Events=6}}
    • {{GamesSport|Nordic combined|Events=3}}
    • {{GamesSport|Ski jumping|Events=3}}
    • {{GamesSport|Snowboarding|Events=6}}
{{colend}}Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each separate discipline.The opening and closing ceremonies and the events categorized as ice sports (excluding bobsleigh, luge and skeleton) were held in Vancouver and Richmond. The sports categorized as "Nordic events" were held in the Callaghan Valley located just to the west of Whistler. All alpine skiing events were held on Whistler Mountain (Creekside) and sliding events (bobsleigh, luge and skeleton) were held on Blackcomb Mountain. Cypress Mountain (located in Cypress Provincial Park in West Vancouver) hosted the freestyle skiing (aerials, moguls and ski cross), and all snowboard events (half-pipe, parallel giant slalom, snowboard cross).File:SidneyCrosby2010WinterOlympicsgold.jpg|thumb|Sidney Crosby celebrates moments after scoring the gold-medal-winning goal over the United States.]]Vancouver 2010 was also the first winter Olympics in which both men's and women's hockey were played on a narrower, NHL-sized ice rink, measuring {{convert|200|x|85|ft|m|abbr=on}}, instead of the international size of {{convert|200|x|98.5|ft|m|abbr=on}}. The games were played at General Motors Place (now Rogers Arena), home of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks, which was temporarily renamed Canada Hockey Place for the duration of the Olympics. Utilizing this existing venue instead of building a new international-sized ice rink facility saved $10 million in construction costs and allowed an additional 35,000 spectators to attend Olympic hockey games.WEB,weblink VANOC shrinks Olympic ice, Mackin, Bob, June 6, 2006, Canadian Online Explorer, Slam! Sports, January 7, 2009, However, some European countries expressed concern over this decision, worried that it might give North American players an advantage since they grew up playing on the smaller NHL-sized rinks.NEWS,weblink 2010 Olympic hockey will be NHL-sized, CBC News, June 8, 2006, February 14, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100127180626weblink">weblink January 27, 2010, no, By contrast, the only other NHL venue to host Olympic hockey, the Calgary Flames' Olympic Saddledome, started construction before Calgary won the bid for the 1988 Winter Olympics and it was designed to accommodate an international ice rink.There were a number of events that were proposed to be included in the 2010 Winter Olympics.NEWS,weblink Ski-cross aims for Vancouver 2010, BBC Sport, June 12, 2006, January 7, 2009, On November 28, 2006, the IOC Executive Board at their meeting in Kuwait voted to include ski cross in the official program.NEWS,weblink Ski-cross gets approved for 2010, November 28, 2006, BBC Sport, January 7, 2009, The Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) subsequently approved the event to officially be part of the Games program.WEB,weblink Vancouver 2010: In good shape with positive progress on media accommodation, International Olympic Committee, March 9, 2007, January 7, 2009, Events proposed for inclusion but ultimately rejected included:WEB,weblink Olympic programme updates, November 28, 2006, International Olympic Committee, January 7, 2009, The issue over women's ski jumping being excluded ended up in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver during April 21–24, 2009, with a verdict on July 10 excluding women's ski jumping from the 2010 Games.Vancouver2010.com July 10, 2009, article on the exclusion of women's ski jumping from the 2010 Games. {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090714163957weblink |date=July 14, 2009 }} – accessed July 11, 2009. A request to appeal that verdict to the Supreme Court of Canada was subsequently denied on December 22 – a decision that marked the end of any hopes that the event would be held during Vancouver 2010.weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20091224074218weblink">cbc.ca December 22, 2009, Supreme Court spurns women ski jumpers. – accessed December 22, 2009. To alleviate the exclusion, VANOC organizers invited women from all over Canada to participate at Whistler Olympic Park, including Continental Cup in January 2009. Women's ski jumping was included in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Calendar

All times are in Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
{{See also|Chronological summary of the 2010 Winter Olympics}}In the following calendar for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, each blue box indicates that an event competition, such as a qualification round, was held on that day. The yellow boxes represent days during which medal-awarding finals for a sport were held with the number in these boxes representing the number of finals that were contested on that day.WEB, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Competition Schedule,weblink PDF, Vancouver Organizing Committee, August 9, 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080910143551weblink">weblink September 10, 2008, yes, {{2010 Winter Olympics Calendar}}

Medal table

The top ten listed NOCs by number of gold medals are listed below. The host nation, Canada, is highlighted.{{legend2|#ccf|Host country (Canada)|border=solid 1px #AAAAAA}}To sort this table by nation, total medal count, or any other column, click on the (File:Sort both.gif) icon next to the column title.{hide}Medals table
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Concerns and controversies

Some in the foreign press, including London 2012 organizers, had criticized the lack of city decorations to acknowledge that Vancouver was the host of the Games. The original plans to decorate the city in Olympic colours, a tradition followed by other recent Games host cities, were canceled for several reasons. Anti-Games activists repeatedly vandalized the existing 2010 Olympics monuments such as the countdown clock, forcing the city to install CCTV cameras, and adding more Games decorations would have inevitably required more security presence to deter protesters, so VANOC opted to minimize these symbols to avoid making the city a police state. Besides local opposition, budget cutbacks also forced the organizers to scale back on the elaborate plans.Four years later, a reflection on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Vancitybuzz.com. Retrieved on April 12, 2014.VANOC initially benefited from an economic boom and was able to secure lucrative and record domestic sponsorships, but this boom also resulted in rapidly rising construction and labour costs. Due to these factors, as well as the late 2000s financial crisis and economic recession, VANOC built minimalistic functional venues with little aesthetic appeal though they were well-designed for post-Games usage. This approach, as well as the fact that most of the infrastructure already existed, meant that the direct costs of the Vancouver Games were much lower than recent Olympic games.Before the Games began and as they commenced, a number of concerns and controversies surfaced and received media attention. Hours before the opening ceremony, Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed during a training run, intensifying questions about the safety of the course and promptingWEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160830082636weblink">weblink yes, August 30, 2016, Women's downhill crashes prompt safety change to course | NBC Olympics | Olympic Zone, NBC Olympics, 2010, July 1, 2010, organizers to implement quick modifications. Officials concluded that it was an athlete error rather than a track deficiency.NEWS,weblink BBC Sport – Vancouver 2010 – Olympic luger Nodar Kumaritashvili dies after crash, BBC News, February 13, 2010, April 2, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100311060428weblink">weblink March 11, 2010, no, The International Luge Federation called an emergency meeting after the accident, and all other training runs were cancelled for the day.NEWS,weblink Olympic luger Nodar Kumaritashvili dies after crash, February 12, 2010, BBC Sport, February 12, 2010, The President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, thanked the hosts for the way that they handled Kumaritashvili's death which included a moment of silence and a tribute to Kumaritashvili at the opening ceremony.Winter Olympics 2010: Vancouver so passionate to embrace Games, says Seb Coe. Telegraph. Retrieved on April 12, 2014.One criticWEB,weblink The Tyee — Mush! Move Cypress Events to Okanagan, Thetyee.ca, February 7, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100205160114weblink">weblink February 5, 2010, no, questioned the choice of Cypress Mountain as a venue because of its potential lack of snow due to the 2009-10 El Niño. Because of this possibility, organizers had a contingency plan to truck in snow from Manning Park, about {{convert|250|km|mi}} to the east of the city. This allowed events to proceed as planned.WEB,weblink Trucks start moving snow to Cypress Mountain from Manning Park, Vancouversun.com, February 2, 2010, February 7, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100212105336weblink">weblink February 12, 2010, yes, Political decisions involving cancellation of promised low-income housing and the creation of a community of mixed economic backgrounds for post-Games use of the athletes' village was criticized.WEB, Mackin, Bob,weblink Vancouver releases secret Olympic Village documents, Bob Mackin, The Tyee, June 19, 2009, Thetyee.ca, June 19, 2009, January 10, 2010, Opening ceremonies were stalled while organizers dealt with mechanical problems during the cauldron lighting ceremony.NEWS,weblink Mishaps plague games, MACKIN, BOB, February 15, 2010, Toronto Sun, February 16, 2010, Speed skating events were delayed due to breakdowns of the ice resurfacers supplied by Olympia, an official sponsor of the Games.NEWS,weblink Speed skating ice woes threaten green sheen, February 16, 2010, Reuters, February 16, 2010, Thousands of tickets were voided by organizers when weather conditions made standing-room-only areas unsafe.WEB,weblink spiegelonline sport, Möge das Wirrwarr gewinnen., German, February 18, 2010, February 18, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100219045841weblink">weblink February 19, 2010, no, Visitors were also upset that, as in past Olympics, medal ceremonies required separate admission and blocks of VIP tickets reserved for sponsors and dignitaries were unused at events.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100225091633weblink">weblink February 25, 2010, VIP Olympic tickets going unused, February 15, 2010, Vancouver Sun, February 18, 2010, yes, Other glitches and complaints have included confusion by officials at the start of the February 16 men's and women's biathlon pursuit races, and restricted access to the Olympic flame cauldron on the Vancouver waterfront.Gustus, Lauren, (Gannett News Service), "Starter error frustrates biathletes, guardsman", Military Times, February 18, 2010.NEWS,weblink Barron, David, BURNING ISSUES:Officials get cauldron right at "Glitch Games", Houston Chronicle, February 18, 2010, January 25, 2011,

Opposition

Opposition to the Olympic Games was expressed by activists and politicians, including Lower Mainland mayors Derek CorriganWEB,weblink Mayor is no fan of Olympic politics. But he did attend four hockey games and a speedskating event, March 30, 2010, {{dead link|date=October 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} Corrigan's concern was with the politics in the site selection, notably his city losing out to another for the site of the speedskating oval.and Richard Walton.WEB,weblink Vancouver View, Areavoices.com, 2010, July 1, 2010, Many of the public pre-Olympic events held in Vancouver were attended by protesters.NEWS, Jeff, Lee, Protesters arrested at Olympic flag illumination,weblink The Vancouver Sun, March 13, 2007, July 7, 2007, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071021220445weblink">weblink October 21, 2007, On Saturday, February 13, as part of a week-long Anti-Olympic Convergence, protesters smashed windows of the Downtown Vancouver location of The Hudson's Bay department store.WEB,weblink 2010 Heart Attack disrupts Vancouver on day two of Winter Olympics, Straight.com, February 13, 2010, January 12, 2011, Vancouver police lay charges in weekend riot {{dead link|date=June 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} Protesters later argued that the Hudson's Bay Company, "has been a symbol of colonial oppression for centuries" as well as a major sponsor of the 2010 Olympics.WEB,weblink W2 forum focuses on Black bloc tactics in February 13 protest against Vancouver Olympics, Straight.com, February 20, 2010, January 12, 2011, Some of the issues reflected in the opposition continue the themes identified in opposition to all Olympic games, some of which are outlined in anti-Olympics activist and Professor of Sociology Helen Jefferson Lenskyj's books Olympic Industry Resistance (2007) and Inside the Olympic Industry (2000), which examined a number of different Olympic Games prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics.Olympic Industry Resistance {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20091231170952weblink |date=December 31, 2009 }}These issues of concern, underlying the opposition to any and all Olympic Games, include:
  • Displacement of low-income residents.WEB,weblink Anti-Olympics movement targeted: Some 15 VISU Joint Intelligence Group visits in 48 hours &124; San Francisco Bay View, Sfbayview.com, April 2, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100505144933weblink">weblink May 5, 2010, no, WEB,weblink Protesting the Olympics? – Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA), Accuracy.org, February 12, 2010, April 2, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100612231056weblink">weblink June 12, 2010, yes, mdy-all, WEB, The Earthtimes,weblink Olympics? Take a walk on the wild side in Vancouver – Feature : Sports, Earthtimes.org, February 8, 2010, April 2, 2010, WEB,weblink Olympic games evict millions: Times Argus Online, Timesargus.com, June 6, 2007, April 2, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100304191038weblink">weblink March 4, 2010, yes,
  • Anticipated human trafficking for the purpose of forced prostitution.WEB,weblink The Tyee — Will Olympics Be Magnet for Human Traffickers?, Thetyee.ca, September 4, 2008, February 7, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100204214714weblink">weblink February 4, 2010, no, WEB, Kathie Wallace,weblink Human Trafficking Alive and Well for the 2010 Olympics &124; The Vancouver Observer – Vancouver Olympics News Blogs Events Reviews, The Vancouver Observer, February 2, 2010, April 2, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100221082743weblink">weblink February 21, 2010, no, WEB,weblink Vancouver Olympics get an 'F' for failing to curb sex trafficking: group, Montrealgazette.com, February 9, 2010, April 2, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100412063706weblink">weblink April 12, 2010, yes,

First Nations opposition

Although the Aboriginal governments of the Squamish, Musqueam, Lil'wat and Tsleil-Waututh (the "Four Host First Nations"), on whose traditional territory the Games were held, signed a protocol in 2004weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070808160218weblink">4HN_Protocol_Final_Nov 24.pub in support of the games,WEB,weblink Four Host First Nations, Four Host First Nations, February 7, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100108042742weblink">weblink January 8, 2010, yes, there was opposition to the Olympics from some indigenous groups and supporters. Although the Lil'wat branch of the St'at'imc Nation is a co-host of the Games, a splinter group from the Seton band known as the St'at'imc of Sutikalh, who have also opposed the Cayoosh Ski Resort, feared the Olympics would bring unwanted tourism and real estate sales to their territory.WEB,weblink Sutikalh Re-occupation Camp, January 25, 2011, NEWS,weblink It's all about the Land, The Dominion, January 25, 2011, Unrelated to the four host nations or other indigenous groups, members of the Native Warrior Society removed the Olympic flag from its flag-pole at Vancouver City Hall on March 6, 2007.WEB, Native Warrior Society, Native Warriors Claim Responsibility for Taking Olympic Flag,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111118230414weblink">weblink 2011-11-18, Infoshop News, March 7, 2007, February 17, 2010, Local aboriginal people, as well as Canadian Inuit, initially expressed concern over the choice of an inukshuk as the symbol of the Games, with some Inuit leaders such as former Nunavut Commissioner Peter Irniq stating that the inukshuk is a culturally important symbol to them. He said that the "Inuit never build inuksuit with head, legs and arms. I have seen inuksuit [built] more recently, 100 years maybe by non-Inuit in Nunavut, with head, legs and arms. These are not called inuksuit. These are called inunguat, imitation of man."NEWS, Olympic inukshuk irks Inuit leader, CBC.ca Sports, April 27, 2005,weblink August 13, 2008, Local aboriginal groups also expressed annoyance that the design did not reflect the Coast Salish and Interior Salish native culture from the region the Games are being held in, but rather that of the Inuit, who are indigenous to the Arctic far from Vancouver.

Doping

On March 11, 2010, it was reported that the Polish cross country skier Kornelia Marek was tested positive for EPO by the Polish Olympic Committee. If found guilty of doping by the International Olympic Committee, Marek and the relay teams would be disqualified and stripped of their Vancouver results. She would also be banned from the next Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in 2014.Marek denied taking any banned substances, but the backup "B" sample from the Vancouver doping lab confirmed the "A" sample.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100318025712weblink">weblink yes, March 18, 2010, The Canadian Press: Polish cross-country skier Marek tests positive for EPO at Vancouver Olympics, March 18, 2010, On October 9, 2017, the IOC announced that three positive doping cases had been found from their re-analysis programme from the 2010 games. All three cases belonged to the same athlete, whose identity was not released at the time. The IOC had re-tested 1,195 urine samples from the games out of the 1,710 taken, which equates to 70%, as part of their re-analysis programme.WEB,weblink Vancouver 2010 re-analysis programme and Pre-Games Anti-Doping Taskforce to provide level playing field for all clean athletes at PyeongChang 2018, October 10, 2017, Weeks later, the athlete was confirmed to be Slovenian biathlete Teja Gregorin.WEB,weblink IBU Press Release: Positive Findings from IOC Retests in Vancouver - International Biathlon Union - IBU - International Biathlon Union - IBU, www.biathlonworld.com,

Legacy

File:Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper & Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean @ 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games Heads of State Reception.jpg|thumb|Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper and Governor General of Canada Michaelle JeanMichaelle JeanThe massive celebratory crowds in downtown Vancouver were highly praised by the IOC. Jacques Rogge, the president of IOC, indicated that "the way Vancouver embraced these Games was extraordinary. This is really something unique and has given a great atmosphere for these Games."NEWS,weblink Vancouver atmosphere will be tough to match, ESPN.com, March 1, 2010, Associated Press, March 5, 2010, Vancouver, NEWS, Rogge 'happy' but luge death overshadows Vancouver,weblink Agence France-Presse, February 28, 2010,weblink March 5, 2010, March 5, 2010, no, mdy, The atmosphere surrounding the Olympics, and its inclusion of foreign delegates and guests, was also praised, with many seasoned Winter Olympic observers putting the games at, or near, the top of the list of best ever Winter Olympics.WEB, Were these Winter Olympics the best ever?,weblink BBC, December 16, 2010, James Pearce, February 28, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110125054705weblink">weblink January 25, 2011, no, They were also the best watched Winter Olympics since the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer.WEB, After seven days, Olympic ratings biggest since '94,weblink MSNBC, December 16, 2010, David B. Wilkerson, February 19, 2010, They are also mentioned alongside the Sydney 2000 Summer games in regards to the best atmosphere. A large part is credited to the citizens of Vancouver and Canada.NEWS, Donegan, Lawrence, Vancouver Winter Olympics Review: 'Mood on the streets was wonderful',weblink The Guardian, Audio, March 1, 2010, March 5, 2010, London,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100303074824weblink">weblink March 3, 2010, no, Some members of the media (mostly, and particularly the British media) criticized the Own the Podium and criticized the celebrations as having been somewhat nationalistic,NEWS, U.K. press slams Canada's hosting of Games,weblink CBC, December 16, 2010, February 15, 2010, NEWS, Vancouver Games continue downhill slide from disaster to calamity,weblink The Guardian, December 16, 2010, Lawrence Donegan, February 15, 2010, London,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110127071410weblink">weblink January 27, 2011, no, but this was not an opinion shared by many. Some suggested that the British media were making these criticisms in order to make the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics more appealing.NEWS, Why Britain's Media are Failing at The Vancouver Olympic Games,weblink Huffington Post, Andy Miah, February 20, 2010, January 25, 2011, Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the 2012 London Olympic Games Organizing Committee, attended the Vancouver Olympics to see how the city coped with the challenges of hosting. Lord Coe noted the Games had "gradually recovered from its tumultuous start" and queried that he "never thought the British would find rivals in their preoccupation with the weather which is almost elevated to an Olympic event" as he credited VANOC for meeting unforeseen challenges such as the unseasonably warm weather of Cypress Mountain. Coe added "Rarely have I seen a host city so passionate and so ready to embrace the Games".Sebastian Coe defends Vancouver Winter Olympics from critics | Sport. theguardian.com (February 18, 2010). Retrieved on 2014-04-12.The Vancouver Olympics also organized and hosted the first Pride House for LGBT athletes in the history of the event."IOC refuses to stand up for gay athletes" {{webarchive|url=https://archive.today/20130129161525weblink |date=January 29, 2013 }}. National Post, August 10, 2012.

Funding

Directly as a result of Canada's medal performance at the 2010 Olympics, the Government of Canada announced in the 2010 federal budget, a new commitment of $34 million over the next two years towards programs for athletes planning to compete in future Olympics.NEWS,weblink More cash for Own the Podium, March 4, 2010, Vancouver Sun, Canwest Publishing, March 5, 2010, {{dead link|date=June 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} This is in addition to the $11 million per year federal government commitment to the Own the Podium program.Also, as a result of hosting the 2010 Olympics, the British Columbia government pledged to restore funding for sports programs and athlete development to 2008 levels, which amounts to $30 million over three years.NEWS,weblink No cash earmarked for Own the Podium work= Vancouver Sun, Canwest Publishing, March 5, 2010
, Toronto,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100304233456weblink">weblink March 4, 2010, no,

Usage of venues after the Olympic Games

The arenas in which the games were held are open for the public to use. The Richmond Olympic Oval has since been turned into an athletic centre.

See also

{{IOC seealso|games=2010 Winter Olympics }}

Notes

A. {{note label|note01}} Miga and Quatchi were mascots for the Olympic Games, while Sumi was the mascot for the Paralympic Games. Mukmuk is considered a sidekick, not a full mascot.

References

{{Reflist|30em}}

External links

{{Commons category|2010 Winter Olympics}}{{Wikivoyage|Vancouver 2010}}{{wikinews|Category:Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games|Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games}}

Further reading

  • BOOK, David Wallechinsky, David Wallechinsky & Jaime Loucky, The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics,weblink 8th, October 9, 2009, D&M Publishers Incorporated, 978-1-55365-502-2, January 28, 2012,



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