August 2009

Feature story: Aboriginal art to be showcased in all Olympic and Paralympic venues
An airy stream of salmon shimmering overhead and three long-limbed wolves howling in unison on the Canadian Prairies, both made of metal, are among the beautiful works of art by more than 90 Aboriginal artists that will grace venues at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. “These works of art, by some of Canada’s most established and up-and-coming Aboriginal artists, will be front and centre in our 15 Olympic and Paralympic venues and will remain there as a permanent legacy of the Games beyond 2010,” said Dan Doyle, VANOC’s executive vice president responsible for Aboriginal participation in the Games. “In some cases, these beautiful artworks are seamlessly integrated into the structure of the venue itself.” First Nations, Inuit and Métis art is experiencing a renaissance across Canada and the variety of artistic works at the venues is staggering. Textiles, copper, steel, concrete, yellow cedar, glass and caribou tufting are among the mediums used and the subject matter features Aboriginal symbols, such as the raven, bear, salmon, sun and canoe in traditional and contemporary styles. More than 140 individual pieces of original art will be produced as part of the more than $2-million Vancouver 2010 Venues’ Aboriginal Art Program, with over 40 becoming part of the Games permanent legacy at the venues. The program is part of VANOC’s venue construction budget.
Carved works by Aboriginal artists Johnnie Abraham and Jonathan Joe (left to right) will be featured in the Vancouver 2010 Venue’s Aboriginal Art Program Photo credit: Holly Fraughton, Pique

The names of the Aboriginal artists taking part in the program were announced in June by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) in partnership with the Four Host First Nations. A complete list of participants is available at

Latest Games news
Vancouver 2010 unveils the Games Official Posters June 29 marked the launch of one of the most coveted collectors’ keepsakes of the Games, the Official Posters of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games — the 21st produced for an Olympic Winter Games. In a nod to Canada’s most widely recognized symbol, the posters will feature a cropped maple leaf composed of a vibrant palette of blues and greens found in the natural landscape of the Games Host Region. When the Olympic and Paralympic posters are displayed together, the two halves of the maple leaf join to create a whole, a concept that is a first for an organizing committee. The posters can be purchased online or at select retailers across Canada and internationally, starting at $15 CAD.

Official Posters of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Latest Games news (continued)
Emperor of Japan visits Richmond Olympic Oval Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were greeted by close to 500 smiling residents of British Columbia, many of Japanese descent, outside the Richmond Olympic Oval on July 10 as they continued their official 12-day visit to Canada. The royal couple arrived at the Oval, where they were treated to a demonstration by Canadian Olympic long-track speedskaters Shannon Rempel and Nicole Garrido. The visit, the Emperor's first since 1953 when he was Crown Prince, marked the 80th anniversary of the establishment of Canada's first diplomatic mission to Japan.

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the Richmond Olympic Oval Photo credit: Kiyoshi Otsuji/City of Richmond

The newly unveiled Air Canada Vancouver 2010-themed aircraft

Air Canada unveils 2010-themed plane; will travel around the world On July 8, Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls unveiled Air Canada's Vancouver 2010-themed aircraft that carries a 53-metre long bold graphic design that will publicize the 2010 Winter Games at major airports in Canada and throughout the airline's worldwide network. The images depicted on the aircraft embody the Vancouver 2010 Look of the Games. The plane's sport illustrations include snowboard, parallel giant slalom, ice hockey and cross-country skiing on one side, and alpine skiing, ice sledge hockey and ski jumping on the other. Air Canada is now operating the 349-seat Boeing 777-300ER to key European and Asian destinations such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Key upcoming events (by season)
Summer: • Hockey Canada Cup — Women’s Hockey — final sport event — August 31 to September 6, 2009 • Ongoing release of transportation information to public Fall: • Unveiling of Olympic and Paralympic medals design • Cultural Olympiad 2010 — final projects announced • Adoption of the Olympic Truce Resolution by the United Nations • Opening of Hudson Bay Olympic Superstore • Relaunch of Vancouver 2010 Games-time website • International training weeks at The Whistler Sliding Centre (media access to be determined) Bobsleigh/Skeleton — Nov 2-7, 2009 and Luge — Nov 9-15, 2009

Olympic Torch Relay: • Flame lit in Olympia, Greece — October 22, 2009 • Flame handover in Greece — October 29, 2009 • Olympic Torch Relay begins in Victoria, BC, — October 30, 2009 Winter: • Rehearsals for Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies • Main Media Centre opening — January 15, 2010 • Cultural Olympiad 2010 begins — January 22, 2010

Exclusive Q & A with Jim Richards — Program Director, Torch Relays, VANOC
Q) What do you think will set the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay apart from previous relays? A) “In addition to being the longest national torch relay in Olympic history, travelling 45,000 kilometres from coast to coast to coast, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will be about engaging and inspiring people within their communities. We’ve done our best to allow torchbearer’s to run, walk or roll down the streets of their own cities and towns, among their friends and family, as opposed to on the roads between them. Canada is a vast country and in spite of this approach, we will bring the flame to within one hour’s drive of over 90 per cent of our population — a truly remarkable feat that accomplishes our goal of reaching as many Canadians as possible.” Q) How are you ensuring that the relay will be sustainable? A) “Our goal from the outset has been to share the flame with as many people as we can and we want to do that in as sustainable a manner as possible. As an Jim Richards, Program Director, Torch Relays, VANOC organization, we’ve made sustainability central to everything we do. So, we are choosing wisely on our modes of transportation, fuel types and our communications with the community celebrations — helping to encourage communities to host “green” events. And for VANOC, sustainability includes more than just environmental stewardship. It also involves acting responsibly in social and economic terms. Our torchbearers programs, offered by Coca-Cola and RBC, are great examples of this. To apply as torchbearers, Canadians are invited to make themselves, their country or their community stronger. We believe this will have a strong effect on our country and leave many lasting legacies.” Q) How have past Olympic Torch Relay’s impacted your planning and the route you plan to take? A) “In the initial stages of our planning, we went back to look at what previous organizing committees had done that worked really well and what their priorities were that helped them to achieve that success. You can look at Sydney, Australia for success in how to reach a population, Salt Lake, USA for telling the inspiring stories, and Calgary for making the nation feel a real connection to the Olympic Flame. Looking back even further, relays were focused on simply getting the flame from Olympia to the stadium. Now, it’s about really reaching the public — in their homes, on their doorsteps and in their communities — and giving them the chance to own a piece of the history that comes with the Games. That shift in focus is what I think has had the largest impact on the planning of our own unique relay.” 2010 Olympic Torch Relay Facts:

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106 days (October 30, 2009 – February 12, 2010) 1,036 communities along route 12,000 – number of torchbearers 45,000 – total kilometres through the country 100 – different modes of transportation used along the relay

Q) In June you announced the Paralympic torch design, emblem and torchbearer uniform, as well as Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, as the route’s start. What’s next to announce? A) “We’re very proud of the Paralympic Torch Relay elements that we have launched so far and can’t wait to tell people more about it. The relay route and torchbearer program are next to be announced and will be made public in the fall.” *Note: answers can be used as directly attributable quotes For more information: • View the Olympic Torch Relay interactive route map. • Learn about the Paralympic Torch Relay. • Visit the Torch Relays multimedia centre.
Paralympic alpine skier Brad Lennea holding the 2010 Paralympic Torch

Interesting facts: Volunteering for the Games
Volunteers will play one of the most integral roles in the staging of the 2010 Winter Games. Here are just a few volunteer facts that can help add colour to your stories or be stories in themselves. • VANOC has received over 66,000 volunteer applications to date, from a total of 131 countries. • Candidates have applied from every province and territory in Canada and from countries around the world, including the Cayman Islands, Iceland and Tunisia, which is more than 9,400 kilometres away from Vancouver. • Volunteers will groom ski hills, provide client services to international and domestic dignitaries, take tickets, support ceremonies performers, usher spectators to their seats, welcome athletes to the Villages, provide medical services, shuttle athletes and coaches to and from venues….and much more. • 61 different languages are represented in the applications received to date.

Sustainable venue illustrations —The Whistler Sliding Centre
In the last issue of Vancouver 2010 News, we introduced the sustainable venue illustrations that highlight each sustainable attribute of seven of our competition venues, from their accessibility to key environmental features and their legacy use. Below is another example of The Whistler Sliding Centre illustration.
1) Smart, Nestled Footprint — Demonstrating smart site selection, this venue is located directly adjacent to already disturbed areas within a major ski area. The site was designed to minimize vegetation clearing and overall footprint. 2) Energy Efficiency — Design of this venue focused on energy-efficient initiatives: trees retained throughout the site cast shade; a weather protection and shading system covers much of the track; and the track itself is painted white to minimize heat absorption. These conventions all help maintain track ice temperatures while minimizing energy demand on the refrigeration system. 3 ) Waste Heat Reuse — Waste heat from the refrigeration plant is captured and reused to heat buildings on-site, with the potential to provide additional heat for other uses in the future. 4) Green Buildings — VANOC is targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “Silver” green building certification for the refrigeration plant building. Other on-site buildings also follow similar green building design principles. 5) Wood Waste Reuse — All wood waste resulting from site-clearing activities during construction of this venue was chipped and composted for reuse. 6) Sport and Tourism Legacy — Athlete use, visitor tours, corporate rentals and other creative programming for the facility diversify Whistler’s sport and tourism offerings and provide assurance for the venue’s long-term operations and revenue generation potential.

Need more information on the 2010 Winter Games?
VANOC’s international media relations team is ready to assist you. Questions and requests can be sent to You can also visit our media centre for a high-resolution image gallery, frequently asked questions and other media resources.

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