Looking back at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Photo: Tourism Vancouver.

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler.

For 16 days, from Feb. 12-28 2010, the city welcomed visitors and celebrated with street parties, pavilions, cultural activities and of course the Games themselves.

The event brought a then-unprecedented number of people and media attention to the city. The opening and closing ceremonies introduced the world to a wealth of Canadian talent. Canadian athletes won a total of 26 medals, including 14 gold medals, seven silver medals, and five bronze medals. The gold medal haul set a historic record, as it was the most any nation had ever received at the Winter Olympics. The 2010 Games also marked the first time Canada won an Olympic gold medal on home soil thanks to freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau at Cypress Mountain.

Here’s a look at the legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and how they changed the city forever. You can also scroll down to find out where and how to celebrate the anniversary of the Games on Feb. 22.

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Looking back at the 2010 Winter Olympics

5 big ways the Olympics have changed Vancouver

Photo: adrian8_8 via Flickr, creative commons

Photo: adrian8_8 via Flickr, creative commons

On Friday, the Winter Olympics officially launch in Sochi. It will also mark nearly four years since Vancouver held the honours of hosting the largest sporting event in the world. We’ll no doubt be watching with trained eyes to see how our successors handle the task. It will also be a good time to take inventory of how the city of Vancouver has changed since those monumental two and a half weeks. Let’s have a look at some of those changes. Continue reading:
5 big ways the Olympics have changed Vancouver

Vancouver Olympic Anniversary Events

Olympic Hockey Gold

Photo: Alain Limoges | Flickr

Although we’ll never be able to recreate the energy and excitement we saw on Vancouver’s streets during the 2010 Olympic Games, we can sure try! Below is a listing of the many events taking place to help you relive the memories.

The listing of events below was compiled by Venture Vancouver, and was originally used in error without providing proper credit. A big thanks to Venture Vancouver who  have kindly allowed us to publish it.

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Vancouver Olympic Anniversary Events

Olympic Spirit in Oslo

The crowds head in to find a good spot for the events.

Having just returned from an 8-day business trip to Oslo, I missed the kick-off of the Vancouver Olympic Games, but did have a chance to experience Canadian pride (and winter sports) on Norwegian soil.

Organized and hosted by the Canadian embassy in Oslo to coincide with the Canada vs. Norway hockey game on Tuesday, February 16th, the event consisted of John Hannaford, the Canadian Ambassador of Oslo; Barry B. White, the U.S. Ambassador of Oslo; Fabian Stang, the Mayor of Oslo; Denis Feldmeyer, the Swiss Ambassador of Olso; and some members of the local hockey team. They had a shootout, curled a couple of rounds, and later mixed with the crowd for pancakes and real Canadian maple syrup. Go Canada!

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Olympic Spirit in Oslo

Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay Route for February 11 – 12, 2010

The City of Vancouver has released a map and schedule for the final, climactic Olympic Torch Relay Route through the city.

Before reaching Vancouver and ending its 106-day journey across Canada, the Olympic Torch Relay will have traveled through all Canadian provinces and territories, covering more than 45,000 km, making it the longest domestic relay in Olympics history.

Download a large-scale PDF route map here.

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Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay Route for February 11 – 12, 2010

Getting Around During the Olympics

With hundreds of thousands of people expected to converge on downtown Vancouver for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, plus road closures and very limited parking, the easiest, fastest and safest way to get around Vancouver during the Games will be public transportation.

But don’t worry: Vancouver’s public transportation is up to the task, with new lines and new routes, plus fast, effective rapid transit.

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Getting Around During the Olympics

Cultural Olympiad 2010

Talking Stick Festival is just one of 200 events that are part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

An unprecedented celebration of the arts and popular culture in honour of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad 2010 kicks off its incredible 60-day festival Friday, January 22.

Encompassing nearly 200 events—many of them free—that range from the Aboriginal Talking Stick Festival to one-man plays, Francophone comedians, music festivals, operas, symphonies, art exhibits, dance marathons, and more, the Cultural Olympiad is a non-stop feast for the eyes, ears, body, and spirit. It’s the perfect prelude and accompaniment to the 2010 Olympics.

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Cultural Olympiad 2010