Vancouver’s Olympic Venues Shine

The Winter Olympics are hitting Vancouver. Check out the various venues of the 2010 Olympic Games.

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A statue (or Inushkuk) of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic emblem, Ilanaaq, the Inuit word for friend, is seen at the entrance of Whistler Village. Whistler hosts some of the Olympic Mountain events which will be televised on NBC staring Feb. 12.
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Children play at an Inushuk statue on Whistler mountain in Whistler, British Columbia. The Inuit inspired Inushuk is the official logo for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics that will start on Feb. 12.
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The snow covered Blackcomb mountain is seen where the bobsled, luge and skeleton competitions for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics will take place.
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An Olympic Rings banner on the security fence outside of the BC Place Stadium which will host the Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, in downtown Vancouver.
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BC Place, in downtown Vancouver, will host the opening, closing, and victory ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which will air on NBC February 12-28. Events will take place in Vancouver and at Whistler Mountain, which is 70 miles away.
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Victory celebrations will take place every night, beginning with a local cultural celebration, followed by an awards ceremony, and finishing with a concert finale. All medals earned at Whistler Mountain will be awarded at Whistler Medals Plaza, according to the official Olympics website.
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The Richmond Olympic Oval will host all long track speed skating events at the Winter 2010 Olympics.
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The Richmond Skating Oval, built in 2008 for $178 million, can hold 7,600, according to www.ctvolympics.com.
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The Richmond Speed Skating Oval's unique design allows it to meet green building standards. The roof is designed to catch rainwater and use it to make ice and operate plumbing.
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Thirty-six medals will be awarded for 12 speed skating events in the Richmond Speed Skating Oval.
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The Pacific Coliseum in downtown Vancouver will host the figure skating and short track speed skating events.
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The Pacific Coliseum is the home of the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants. The facility underwent $20.4 million in Olympic renovations.
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The Vancouver Convention Center will serve as the main media center during the 2010 Winter Olympic games for broadcasters around the world.
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The Vancouver Convention Center features a 6 acre living green roof and an underwater marine rescue habitat.
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The Vancouver Olympic Center/Vancouver Paralympic Center will host the curling and figure skating events for the the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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The Vancouver Olympic Center/Vancouver Paralympic Center can hold 5,600 people. Like all of the 2010 Winter Olympic venues, the curling and figure skating venue will display aboriginal art during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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The UBC Thunderbird Arena will host the men's and women's ice hockey and men's ice sledge events at the Winter 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
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The University of British Columbia Thunderbird Arena underwent $47.8 million in renovations which included the addition of two new arenas.
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Canada Hockey Place, in Vancouver, British Columbia will host men's and women's ice hockey events.
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Canada Hockey Place, in Vancouver, is called GM Place outside of the Olympics because the event does not allow corporate sponsors. The venue is home to the NHL's Vancouver Canucks.
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The original construction plan for Canada Hockey Place included taking out seats in order to convert the venue to an international-sized rink. But organizers changed regulations so the Winter 2010 Olympics will be the first performed on NHL-sized ice.
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Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver will host freestyle skiing (moguls, aerials, ski cross) and snowboarding (parallel giant slalom, halfpipe, snowboard cross).
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Cypress Mountain features 5 lifts and 34 trails.
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The Freestyle Skiing Course at Cypress Mountain holds a maximum of 12,000 spectators.
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Cypress Mountain received $16.7 million in upgrades and improvements in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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The Whistler Ski Jumping Park is part of Whistler Olympic Park which was built for $119.7 million in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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Whistler Mountain includes Whistler Creekside, which will host alpine skiing, Whistler Olympic Park, which will host the biathlon, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined, and ski jumping, and Whistler Sliding Center, which will host boblsleigh, luge, and skeleton.
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The highest elevation accessible by lift at Whistler Mountain is at 7,494 ft and the hourly lift capacity is 61,407.
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The Ski Jumping Stadium can hold 12,000 spectators.
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Whistler Creekside will host the men's, women's, and paralympic alpine skiing events. The venue received $27.6 million in improvements in anticipation for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
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The Whistler Sliding Center is located on Blackcomb Mountain, part of Whistler Mountain Resort.
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The Sliding Center Course has 16 corners and G-forces almost reaching five G's.
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The Whistler Sliding Center can hold 12,000 spectators.
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The Whistler Sliding Center cost $104.9 million and was built exclusively for the Winter 2010 Olympics.
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