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VANCOUVER - The late chairman of the board for the Vancouver Winter Games has been awarded the Olympic movement's highest honour.

Jack Poole, widely credited as responsible for bringing the Games to B.C., died the day before the 2010 flame was lit in Greece, but at a breakfast Monday, his wife Darlene accepted a gold Olympic Order on his behalf.

The award is bestowed by the International Olympic Committee for distinguished contribution to the Olympic movement.

The organizing committee's chief executive officer, John Furlong, also received a gold order, which comes in the form of a chain featuring the five rings of the Olympics flanked by olive branches.

Nine other organizing committee vice-presidents received a silver Olympic order, as did the president of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson also accepted the Olympic Cup on behalf of the citizens of the city in recognition for their contribution to the Games.


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