Vancouver awarded 2010 Olympics

Published on Thu, Jul 3, 2003
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Vancouver awarded 2010 Olympics

The city of Vancouver, just 32 miles from Blaine, was awarded the 2010 Winter Olympics on Wednesday, July 2. This will be the first Olympics in Canada since 1988, when it was hosted in Calgary.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge declared Vancouver had won the rights to the games after opening a white envelope. The IOC selected Vancouver over bids from Salzburg, Austria, and Pyeongchang, South Korea. Salzburg was eliminated first, setting up a final vote between Vancouver and Pyeongchang. Vancouver won that vote 56-53. The city had been considered the front-runner for most of the campaign � a recent IOC report gave Vancouver the best overall review for its plans for sports venues, accommodations and financing. The city�s bid is paired with the ski resort of Whistler.

�My commitment has never been stronger. The games will be fully funded and guaranteed by the Canadian government,� Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien told the Olympic delegates. �The games will be secure and everybody will have a great time and a lot of fun.�