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I have seen a couple of world cup cross country skiing races on CBC.ca, the first time I have ever seen live Cross Country Skiing races outside of the Olympics. The Vancouver venue looks good enough, but the crowd was quite sparse, that should change during the games, tough.

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Here are yeastearday's and this morning medalists in cross country skiing:

Women's Sprint (Classical)

1. Alena Prochazkova, Slovakia

2. Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland

3. Anna Olsson, Sweden

Men's Sprint (Classical)

1. Emil Joensson, Sweden

2. Ola Vigen Hattestad, Norway

3. Ivan Ivanov, Russia

9. Devon Kershaw, Canada

Men's 30km pursuit

1. Pietro Piller Cottrer, Italy

2. Jean Marc Gaillard, France

3. Valerio Checchi, Italy

5. Ivan Babinov, Canada

10. Devon Kershaw, Canada

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yeah - the venues of the nordic skiing sports look good, but it seems they are in a very deserted area...

The venue is called Whistler Olympic Park (nordic, cross-country, ski jumping)

http://www.whistlerolympicpark.com/wop/hom...CA/default.aspx

To get there, it's a 10-minute car ride southbound on the Sea to Sky highway and then a 20-minute ride through the access road to the venue. They chose the site because it would do the least environmental harm, it was clear cut a few years ago.

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The venue is called Whistler Olympic Park (nordic, cross-country, ski jumping)

http://www.whistlerolympicpark.com/wop/hom...CA/default.aspx

To get there, it's a 10-minute car ride southbound on the Sea to Sky highway and then a 20-minute ride through the access road to the venue. They chose the site because it would do the least environmental harm, it was clear cut a few years ago.

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I hope that the crowd will be much larger next year - I am a little bit astonished that there are such few people, who are watching the pre-olympic events, when it is just a 30 minutes car ride from Vancouver to Whistler Olympic Park.

mhh - maybe the events were not good advertised, which would be fault by the organisation....

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I hope that the crowd will be much larger next year - I am a little bit astonished that there are such few people, who are watching the pre-olympic events, when it is just a 30 minutes car ride from Vancouver to Whistler Olympic Park.

mhh - maybe the events were not good advertised, which would be fault by the organisation....

No, it's a 30-minute car ride from Whistler Village (I should have been more clear on that in my previous post).

From Vancouver, it's a 2-hour drive to Whistler Village (though with the recent improvements to the Sea-to-Sky highway, they have said that it'll be 30-mins shorter.

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No, it's a 30-minute car ride from Whistler Village (I should have been more clear on that in my previous post).

From Vancouver, it's a 2-hour drive to Whistler Village (though with the recent improvements to the Sea-to-Sky highway, they have said that it'll be 30-mins shorter.

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ahh - o.k. - I have a question for your Vancouver residents - Did you see advertising about the pre-olympic events, which were hold at the moment in Whistler?

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ahh - o.k. - I have a question for your Vancouver residents - Did you see advertising about the pre-olympic events, which were hold at the moment in Whistler?

I haven't seen any advertising about Whistler....though there were some ads about the Richmond oval and Cypress Mountain events.

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I haven't seen any advertising about Whistler....though there were some ads about the Richmond oval and Cypress Mountain events.

I think it is a pitty that the pre-olympic events were not advertised in Whistler - do you think that more people would have gone to Whistler, if they had been informed about that?

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I think it is a pitty that the pre-olympic events were not advertised in Whistler - do you think that more people would have gone to Whistler, if they had been informed about that?

I have no idea....

But one does wonder how many tourists will actually show up in Vancouver and Whistler in 2010. Vancouver and Whistler combined have something like 30,000 hotel rooms......Whistler's real population is 10,000 but with a tourist influx in the peak of the ski season it holds 55,000 people. And many of these hotel rooms in both Vancouver and Whistler have already been booked by VANOC for the media, IOC, and the Olympic Family.

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Testing successfully completed at Nordic combined and cross-country Sport Events; Approximately 7500 spectators over three days enjoyed preview of 2010 Winter Games Nordic events

Jan 18, 2009

VANCOUVER, BC – The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) successfully completed its operational testing today at the Nordic combined and cross-country Sport Events at Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park, which ran from January 16 to 18. VANOC staff tested field of play, Games-time operations and trained potential Games-time volunteers over the course of two training days and three competition days. The venue will also host the ski jumping Sport Event from January 23 to 25.

“We have had very positive feedback from both the FIS cross-country and Nordic combined management teams that are here to assist us,” said Tim Gayda, VANOC vice president, sport. “Though we had challenging weather the week prior to the events, we would have liked to have been pushed a little harder with the weather this week so that our workforce could test field-of-play operations with more snow — but the sunshine has certainly resulted in a spectacular event for both competitors and spectators.”

This weekend’s World Cup competitions are part of the International Ski Federation’s (FIS)

2008–09 World Cup season and featured Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games medal hopefuls, representing a total of 21 countries. Broadcast live to Europe, an estimated 20 million viewers tuned in daily for the events while thousands of fans made their way to Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park to cheer on the world’s best cross-country and Nordic combined athletes.

“This weekend has been awesome,” said Sara Renner, who finished sixth at the women’s World Cup pursuit race on Saturday. “It was great to see all of the Canadians out there lining the course. They were all screaming the right things and helped me along today.”

American Nordic combined Olympic silver medallist Bill Demong was also pleased with the course and facility. “There’s no such thing as an easy course,” said Demong. “This course has a lot of transitions which makes it an exciting place to race.”

Spectator response was highly favourable to sport production elements that included bilingual, live colour commentary by Canadian summer (cycling) and winter (cross-country skiing) Olympian Pierre Harvey, European sport announcer Kjell Erik Christensen, and Canadian Olympian and 2006 cross-country gold medallist, Chandra Crawford.

Of particular note for VANOC’s testing were pre-event snow removal procedures due to the heavy snowfall, medical ski patrollers on the field of play, and running events simultaneously on the cross-country skiing and ski jumping venues. Other testing included:

Field of Play

Grooming and hill preparation were tested at the large hill ski jump area. Wind data from the landing hill was continually examined, as well as the operational flexibility to adjust to the weather conditions and the requirements from the FIS management team.

“The course is as we want it,” said Vegard Ulvang, FIS chairman of the cross-country committee, and former cross-country Olympic and world champion. “It has a variety of terrain, and we are pleased to see the width of the course that allows for both traditional classic skiing as well as the newer discipline of skate skiing. Aside from some minor modifications, we will not be asking for any changes at Games time.”

Press Operations/Venue Media Centre

The Venue Media Centre (VMC) team serviced some 130 local, national and international press and photographers. Positive feedback was received from the international press regarding the VMC, the competition mixed zones and photo positions. Press and photographer feedback regarding access to and movement within the mixed zones, and photo positions and interaction with broadcast media in these areas will be incorporated into planning for 2010.

Timing and Scoring

All timing and scoring systems were on time, with no issues. The integration of timing and scoring results with the Olympic Broadcast Services’ television graphic systems (athlete names and results, local weather and other graphic inlays) was successful. The transition of data, equipment and staff between the ski jump and cross-country skiing venues during the Nordic combined competition was seamless.

Communications

Technology

Technology played a significant role in the competition this weekend through the first-time testing of a number of new services including a scanning check-in system for workforce and the connecting of the venue data centre’s information to the “Olympic backbone”, a secure, private 10G fibre network that connects competition venues to VANOC’s headquarters. The event also made use of 110 cell phones and established over 200 temporary internet connections for workforce and officials and ensured broadcast connections.

Medical Services

The 16-person Medical Services team replicated Games-time field-of-play medical service levels with medical personnel ski patrollers acting as first responders. No incidents or traumas requiring medical attention occurred. Access routes for medical snowmobiles at the ski jumping venue will be re-examined and changed for 2010 allowing for quicker response times for snowmobiles in getting around the broadcast crane.

Anti-Doping

Five full-time VANOC employees and 40 volunteers from across Canada conducted 34 urine tests and 17 blood tests, on behalf of the FIS, on both randomly chosen and medal-winning athletes. VANOC also worked with the FIS to showcase its athlete outreach booth designed to educate and inform athletes about anti-doping rules and procedures.

Venue Operations

Venue Management

The Venue and Event Management team were tested in their overall coordination and team communication roles, as well as in their ability to react and respond to any operational challenges that occurred. For example, though not being tested at the Olympic level, the Venue team managed larger than anticipated spectator numbers and traffic.

Overlay

The Installation of temporary facilities, similar to what will be used for the 2010 Winter Games, were heavily tested due to adverse weather during the pre-event period. Cabling, snow clearing and construction crews were able to meet the demands of daily heavy snowfall during the main installation days leading up to the Sport Event.

Communications

The Venue Communications Centre provided a central point of contact between functional areas with over 250 radios on 22 different channels. With six key channels covering front-of-house operations, back-of-house operations, medical services, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined and technology being monitored, over 1,200 radio conversations were recorded during the competition.

Workforce

A workforce of approximately 750 (600 volunteers and 150 VANOC staff) took part with many of those teams returning next weekend for the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup. The volunteer workforce included over 200 volunteers from outside of British Columbia who brought extensive Nordic event experience. From January 12 to the conclusion of the two World Cup events, more than 2,000 shifts were completed by Workforce.

The FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, FIS Cross-Country World Cup and FIS Ski Jumping World Cup were the first Sport Events of the 2009 season. The first Sport Event was the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup held last February at Whistler Creekside.

For more information on the Nordic World Cups this month, visit www.nordicfestival2009.com.

For more information on the remaining Sport Events taking place from February to September 2009, including how to purchase tickets, visit www.vancouver2010.com.

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More specifics on Canada Olympic Park:

There's a bus loop for spectators to be dropped off. From there it's about 700m up a low grade hill to a meeting place. From there, spectators travel another 500m (plus or minus) to the biathlon range, cross country finish area, or ski jump spectator area.

Should be a great venue and I'm willing to be there'll be more tickets available for this event closer to Games time.

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