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Vancouver's Final Presentation Offers Surprises

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Vancouver's final presentation to the 115th IOC session in Prague went off without a hitch this morning. Full of images and emotions, the presentation included a couple of surprises.

If Vancouver's Olympic bid is successful, an extensive international arts program would be run across Canada involving youth from other countries.

Athletes staying in one of the two Olympic villages will be able to switch villages after their events in order to gain the full experience of the Games.

Instead of the typical Olympic cauldron, in Vancouver the entire top perimeter of the BC Place Stadium would be lit up for the duration of the Games.

The presentation was lead by President John Furlong and was followed by speakers CEO Jack Poole, Premiere Gordon Campbell, Prime Minister Chretien, IOC Member Charmain Crooks and Olympians Steve Podborski, Wayne Gretzky and Catriona Le May Doan.

There were only two questions from the IOC members including one from Prince Albert of Monaco who asked about a second medal plaza in Whister and its capacity. Another question asked about the capacity of the transportation plan between Vancouver and Whister, and the travel time.

The presentation emphasized the multiculturalism in Canada and the lasting legacies a Games in 2010 would create. Write or read comments about this article

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