Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Testing successfully completed at Whistler Olympic Venues

The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) successfully completed its operational testing at the Nordic combined and cross-country Sport Events at Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park, which ran from January 16 to 18. VANOC staff tested field of play, Games-time operations and trained potential Games-time volunteers over the course of two training days and three competition days. The venue will also host the ski jumping Sport Event from January 23 to 25.
"We have had very positive feedback from both the FIS cross-country and Nordic combined management teams that are here to assist us", said Tim Gayda, VANOC vice president, sport. "Though we had challenging weather the week prior to the events, we would have liked to have been pushed a little harder with the weather this week so that our workforce could test field-of-play operations with more snow — but the sunshine has certainly resulted in a spectacular event for both competitors and spectators".
Approximately 7500 spectators over three days enjoyed preview of 2010 Winter Games Nordic events.
A workforce of approximately 750 (600 volunteers and 150 VANOC staff) took part with many of those teams returning next weekend for the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup. The volunteer workforce included over 200 volunteers from outside of British Columbia who brought extensive Nordic event experience. From January 12 to the conclusion of the two World Cup events, more than 2,000 shifts were completed by Workforce.
Whistler Olympic Park. The compact, one-square-kilometre Olympic Games core area includes three separate stadiums (cross-country skiing, biathlon, ski jumping) located about 400 metres apart. Approximately 15 kilometres of Olympic competition trails for cross-country skiing and biathlon have been built and tested through the 2007-08 opening season. Vancouver 2010 Games will be the first time in Olympic history that all four Nordic disciplines (biathlon, ski jumping, Nordic combined, cross-country skiing) are occurring at the same venue.