Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

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Introduction The move to a winter version of the Olympics began when figure slating made a brief appearance in the 1908 London Summer Games. Then, in 1916, the Summer Games in Berlin were supposed to feature Nordic events in the Black Forest, but the Games were cancelled because of the World War 1. They resumed in 1920, at Antwerp, in Belgium. In those Games, ice hockey and figure skating were added as medal athletic competitions. Finally, in 1924, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sanctioned an International Winter Sports Week at Chamonix, France. That event included well-known competitions, for example, speed skating, Nordic skiing, bobsledding and figure skating. With a huge success, it was declared the first Olympic Winter Games. Seventy years later, the games that took place in Lillehammer in 1994 ended the four-year Olympic cycle so that the summer and winter games will no longer be the same year. Instead, they would alternate every two years as it is now. This year, it was announced that the 2010 Winter Games will take place in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada. The Olympic Games will have a two-week period from February 5th to February 21st. Two weeks following the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games will commence and run from March 5th till 14th. The Vancouver Whistler 2010 Bid Society submitted, in 1998, a bid to the Canadian Olympic Association (COA) to be chosen for Canada’s bid to host the 2010 Games. Subsequently, the COA selected Vancouver Whistler as the Canadian Representative. In July of 2001, Beijing was chosen as the host city for the Summer Games beating their most important opponent, Toronto. Consequently, it helped the Vancouver Whistler Bid Corporation to finalize their chances of enticing the IOC’s selection for the 2010 Games. Also, it helped the COA to throw its full attention and resources to win the 2010 bid. In 2003, with

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