Notable schedule highlights include:
- Opening Ceremony: Day 1, Friday, February 12, 2010, 18:00–21:00 (BC Place and Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza)
- Closing Ceremony: Day 17, Sunday, February 28, 2010, 17:30–20:00 (BC Place and Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza)
- First event — ski jumping men’s normal hill individual qualification: Day 1, Friday, February 12, 2010, 10:00–11:00 (Whistler Olympic Park)
- Final event — ice hockey, men’s gold medal game: Day 17, Sunday, February 28, 2010, 12:15–14:45, (General Motors Place)
“This is a major milestone we can share with our sport and broadcast partners who worked closely with us to develop a balanced Games schedule that satisfies the respective International Sport Federations (IFs), television audiences around the world and spectators who will attend the Games”, said Cathy Priestner Allinger, VANOC’s executive vice president, Sport and Games Operations.
With nine competition venues, 12 stadiums, seven sports, 15 disciplines, 86 medal events for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 64 medal events for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, producing the hourly competition schedules has been a highly complex endeavour. The hourly competition schedules released today were built on the schedules announced by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in December 2007, which underwent eight subsequent revisions. Seven IFs were consulted, overseeing 15 Olympic disciplines and 86 Olympic medal events. Two Paralympic IFs were consulted, overseeing five sports and 64 Paralympic medal events. Contingency plans for adverse weather conditions, event sequencing (to allow recovery time for athletes in more than one event), venue operational considerations and complex broadcast logistics (including balancing live global coverage of simultaneous events at different venues) all had to be built into the schedules.