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Vancouver Winter Games 2010 - 26. February 2008.

Spirits high as VANOC gains valuable experience at first official sport event


February 24, 2008
Whistler, BC – The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) concluded its field-of-play testing today at the first official Sport Event. With four days of clear weather conditions and successful course preparation, alpine athletes and officials from around the world have stated that the alpine courses for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will set the stage for exciting and challenging competition in 2010. VANOC was commended by the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) Günter Hujara, chief race director, who complimented VANOC for being the first Organizing Committee to have its alpine venues completed and tested two years in advance of the Games.

“The results of our testing over the past week have confirmed that we are on track to delivering world-class alpine ski events in 2010. The courses remained in excellent condition throughout the four days of competition, our staff have gained valuable field-of-play experience, and we continue to learn from the well-established and very experienced volunteer culture that is part of alpine skiing,” said Tim Gayda, VANOC’s vice president, Sport.

“One of the ironies with such favourable weather conditions during the event was that we did not have the opportunity to push our on-hill crews to the limit with respect to course maintenance in challenging weather conditions. While specific testing for alpine is complete, we’ll continue to seek opportunities to test logistics and operations impacted by weather that are common across all outdoor events,” Gayda concluded.

Testing included the mobilization of an 800-person volunteer workforce; roles and responsibilities of the Chiefs of Course and VANOC workforce; snowmaking; grooming; safety systems; technical and logistical components of race-day operations; and collaboration with the International Ski Federation.

Upon the conclusion of the four-day competition, the following are the key outcomes and learnings from the field of play testing:

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