Competition Venues in Whistler Completed19.12.2007
Construction has been completed on all three of the Whistler Olympic and Paralympic competition venues. Thanks to the efforts of a 2,500-strong workforce recruited from across British Columbia and Canada, athletes will be able to train at these venues more than two years before the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games start. The venues in Whistler will offer a legacy for high performance and recreational use, both before and long after the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.
“Every construction worker and member of our venue team put their hearts into this project and is standing atop their own podium today”
“Every construction worker and member of our venue team put their hearts into this project and is standing atop their own podium today,” said John Furlong, the Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee (VANOC). “Their efforts are helping us to meet our commitment to deliver spectacular theatres for sport and lasting community legacies, and we are following through on our promise to offer athletes the chance to train and compete at a world-class level more than two years in advance of the Games.”
As well as being finished in time to allow the athletes plenty of chances to train on the venues before the Games, the 2010 venues in Whistler have also been constructed with sustainability in mind. Some of these sustainability measures include building the venues to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) standards, recycling wood waste on-site, and reusing captured waste heat. In addition, Squamish and Lil’wat Nations-owned companies completed 50% of the construction work at Whistler Olympic Park, which led to additional business opportunities for the First Nations in the Sea-to-Sky corridor.
Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from 12 to 21 March 2010 with more than 650 athletes competing in five sports (Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Sledge Hockey and Wheelchair Curling).