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A base jumper from the CN Tower sounds interesting, and somewhat clever. You have an open roof at the start, the jumper comes from the closed tower (for the opening ceremonies) lands on the field, fireworks abound, perhaps part of the countdown sequence. Then slowly the roof closes for an indoor portion of the ceremonies, only to open later when the cauldron is revealed and the big fireworks finale.

Unless it rains and the whole plan has to be scrapped and the roof remains closed. And having the roof open and close during the ceremony is really distracting to both the audience and the performers, so you either choose to keep it open in its entirety or keep it closed.

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The roof also takes about 20 minutes to open and close.

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The roof also takes about 20 minutes to open and close.

Well the timing isn't an issue really since you can have it close during the parade of athletes, which will take over 30 minutes. And then if everything is timed correctly, you can have it open just in time for the big torch reveal. But that's a total of 40 minutes, is that really necessary? No absolutely not it's a waste of energy for the stadium to do this in a short period of time. And what happens if the roof gets stuck? As many OCs have shown us, not everything goes according to plan so it wouldn't surprise me if the one day the roof of Rogers Centre doesn't cooperate just so happens to be the day the OC of the Pan American Games is being held!

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Since I saved a lot of $$$ with my result of ticket for Rio via Cosport :

I think I will make a small trip (4-5 days) to attend some events.

Gymnastic and Swimming Final in Toronto

Rowing and Canoe-Kayak Finals in the Niagara region (with visit of some winery around)

Bought today Gymnastic Final, Swimming Finals and Rowing Finals.

Not able to grab Canoe-Kayak Final, Soldout

It will be very special for me to attend Swimming Finals since I travelled to Toronto last April to be official for the National team Trials (for Panam Games and Kazan FINA world championship)

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By the way.

Maybe not the right place for that topic.

I learned today that Montreal will have the Gymnastic Artistic World Championship in 2018

Also, yesterday we learned that Montreal will have again the World Championship for the Short Track Speed Skating in 2018 (we got them in 2014 and I was part of the Organizing Comity. i will be there again)

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^and guess where the 2019 world championships will be for gymnastics. Beautiful Doha, Qatar.

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^and guess where the 2019 world championships will be for gymnastics. Beautiful Doha, Qatar.

No, it'll be Stuttgart.

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By the way.

Maybe not the right place for that topic.

I learned today that Montreal will have the Gymnastic Artistic World Championship in 2018

Also, yesterday we learned that Montreal will have again the World Championship for the Short Track Speed Skating in 2018 (we got them in 2014 and I was part of the Organizing Comity. i will be there again)

oupss !!!! 2017 for the Gymnastic WC in Montreal. Not 2018

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Checking out the Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes Village

June 16, 2015 5:40 pm | by Brandon Leal | 14 Comments

In 24 days, over 10,000 athletes and coaches from around the world will flood the Greater Toronto Area for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Hosting such a large scale international competition requires a complex web of services, venues and people working in sync. With only a few weeks left to go, success looks ripe for the picking, on the podium and at the Pan Am and Parapan Am Athletes Village in Toronto’s West Don Lands.

16333-54793.jpgThe Pan Am Athlete's Village, ready for its debut, image by Craig White

On a tour of the village led by TO2015 Executive VP Allen Vansen, two-time Olympian swimmer Julia Wilkinson, and track and field Pan Am hopeful Kimberly Hyacinthe, we got a peek at the amenities athletes can expect at their home away from home.

16333-54782.jpgAllen Vansen (left), Olympian Julia Wilkinson (centre) and Pan Am Hopeful Kimberly Hyacinthe (right) leading the tour, image by Craig White

After arriving in Toronto by land, sea or air, athletes and coaches will make their way to the Welcome Centre to be checked-in to their temporary digs. With visitors from over 41 countries pouring in, the atmosphere can be expected to be lively with a “symphony of different languages,” as described by Wilkinson, set against the flags of all participating nations.

16333-54777.jpgLounging area at the CIBC Banking Centre, image by Craig White

The Welcome Centre will play double duty as well catering to ongoing needs of visitors, firstly as a cafe where athletes can watch the events live-streamed to them while grabbing an iced coffee or as a fully functional CIBC Banking Centre for taking care of their finances while here. The Welcome Centre will additionally include a Loblaws grocery shop, and salons to ensure athletes feel and look their best during their big matches. Lastly, the centre will provide a safe and convenient spot for families, friends, coaches and athletes to meet, while nightly entertainment will truly make the centre a “chill space.” Once the games are over up to 90% of all furnishings and fixtures are planned to be re-purposed to help make these games one of the greenest.

16333-54783.jpgCafe tables overlooking the Welcome Centre square, image by Craig White

While the athletes aren’t competing, they are probably training. With state of the art training facilities provided at the future YMCA community centre, athletes are well poised, as Hyacinthe notes, to stay in top condition throughout and after the competition. High-tech equipment ranging from treadmills, to weight training and spin cycles will all be equipped with the Wellness Cloud digital platform, allowing teams to track athletic performance in the gym and on the go or use simulation software in training exercises.

16333-54786.jpgWellness Cloud equipped training equipment at the future YMCA training centre, image by Craig White

In comparison to other athlete villages, Wilkinson noted that having these facilities at their doorstep greatly reduces the stresses of having to travel to auxiliary training grounds and is another way that the TO2015 team has made sure the village is a truly comprehensive and compact home away from home.

16333-54784.jpgRunning track at the future YMCA training centre, image by Craig White

Between training and competing however, dining accommodations are of utmost importance. With room for 6,500 people, the dining hall at the Athletes Village will serve foods from all cultural backgrounds including custom requests. Serving so many over the course of the games means the dining hall comes packed with over 90,000 bananas, 50,000 steaks 20,000 litres of tomato sauce, and plenty of ice cream for those hot summer days. Continuing the theme of compact and comprehensive, the dining hall was placed adjacent to the bus mall so athletes can grab meals on the go when they might most need it before a big match.

16333-54787.jpgInside the Athletes Village Dining hall with space for 6,500 people, image by Craig White

The Village also includes a fully equipped polyclinic to treat any and all medical needs that might arise. Headed by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Julia Alleyne, this 20,000 square foot temporary facility comes equipped with and MRI scanner, Ultrasound equipment, X-Ray machines, dental offices and emergency rooms to ensure a complete package of healthcare services for emergency, acute and therapeutic care scenarios.

16333-54789.jpgChief Medical Officer Dr. Julia Alleyne, greeting reporters to the Polyclinic, image by Craig White

16333-54778.jpgPatient bed and CISCO telepresence equipment at the Polyclinic, image by Craig White

The state of the art equipment in the facility is also extended to its anti-doping station, where 40% of all testing will be done to ensure a fair games for all. For all 120 medical sites across the games footprint, telecommunications services will be provided to facilitate video calls, instrument report transferring and patient files. Once the games are over, the modular facility will be broken down and its fixtures and furnishings will be re-purposed where needed.

16333-54780.jpgLife Labs Analytical testing lab at the Athletes Village Polyclinic, image by Craig White

Relaxation is critical to keeping focused and succeeding in such a high stakes sporting environment, so athletes and coaches will be provided a very Ontarian atmosphere at The Cabin. With the use of warm wooden tones, hammocks and bean bags chairs, creating a very Muskoka flare, The Cabin bring a little bit of cottage country to the city for visitors to enjoy and chill out.

16333-54781.jpgMuskoka-inspired Cabin lounging space, image by Craig White

Across Front Street a temporary park sits filled with the iconic Muskoka chairs and tables. Once the games are over, this site will be redeveloped into a new mixed-use development to complete the "cupping" of the award-winning Corktown Common park.

16333-54779.jpgTemporary park to be developed after the Pan Am Games, image by Craig White

All of the future condominiums and affordable housing suites in what's eventually to be called The Canary District, are currently subdivided to work as dorms for the athletes and officials. When preparing the units, comfort and convenience were made front and centre.

16333-54792.jpgFuture condos set up at athletes' dorms in the Pan Am Village, image by Craig White

In selecting the beds to be used, the TO2015 organizing committee held votes on the mattresses and selected the winning entry, built at home in Canada, for use during the games. Judging by our two athletes’ expressions, getting out of bed might be the hardest part of the day. All apartments will also be furnished with artworks commissioned from students at local Toronto District School Board schools.

16333-54788.jpgAthletes taking a trial rest on Canadian made mattresses in the Athletes Village, image by Craig White

With final preparations nearing the finish line and the village ready for occupancy, the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are on track to be a winner. UrbanToronto will keep you updated on the latest developments and inside looks before, during and after the games. Tell us what you think about the Athletes Village in the comment section below and join in on our Forum discussion by clicking the associated links in our database file.

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Were are the curtains for privacy ........ooops ... I hope this isn't/ won't be an afterthought. Anyway, very disturbing news has emerged out of the Dominican Republic as Dominicans of Haitian descent are being expelled violently. Should the Pan Am organization respond with asking the Dominican Republic to withdraw from the games unless this issues is resolved. The photos from down there are quite harrowing.

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Two team sizes confirmed:

Bermuda - (17) - up 3 from 2011

British Virgin Islands (13) - up 10 from 2011

*These are subject to change, because athletics is not confirmed.

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Our OC tickets arrived today. They must be mailing them separately from the sport tickets.

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An unlimited government bankroll can buy perfect (unless you are dealing with mechanical Olympic rings).

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^^ Or hiring David Atkins which seems to have a very bad luck with hydraulic mechanisms.

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Actually they are mailing the sports tickets is multiple mailings. Got 2 sports today, 7 to go. Very, very strange distribution system, but I've never been a big Ticketmaster fan to begin with.

One small thing about the tickets. They also allow to you to ride the transit to and from the event. You would think they would have the event date in big bold print on the tickets so the bus drivers, station attendants, etc could read them easily. But the print is actually quite small, this could cause a bit of an inconvenience if lines start backing up.

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And that is the great myth....you don't need money to appear professional. Compare the Baku torch ceremony to the Toronto torch ceremony. Which had been the sloppier? I mean, I am asking this to ascertain those who are really honest with themselves. The tragedy is that in Toronto's case, there was absolutely NO NEED for it to be THAT SLOPPY! I cringed at the CBC report when the flame arrived in the city. And you seriously want to host an Olympics? ..............I mean.....seriously? :blink: Clearly, there was too much overlooked. Baku was exceptional......hands down. Yes I do agree that they had the money. But there was something more.......exceptional pride. I commend them highly for showing it.

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Did you get them all in one mailing? I'm still waiting for all my other tickets as none came today.

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