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2010 Winter Olympics to be held in Vancouver B.C. Canada!

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Yeah! But unfortunately that means Toronto won't get the 2012 summer games. Here is the story from Canada.com

'We did it! We did it! We did it!'

CP, canada.com

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Years of development work culminate in Wednesday's IOC vote on whether Vancouver-Whistler will host the 2010 Winter Olympics.

PRAGUE -- Vancouver, Whistler and all of Canada are cheering Wednesday at news the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be held in British Columbia.

IOC head Jacques Rogge made the announcement as thousands cheered in Vancouver's GM Place and on Whistler's main village square.

"The International Olympic Committee has the honour of announcing that the 21st Olympic Winter Games in 2010 are awarded to the city of Vancouver," IOC president Rogge said after the second and final ballot.

"We did it! We did it! We did it!" yelled Canadian women's hockey gold medallist Cassie Campbell as the crowd roared in the packed GM Place stadium in downtown Vancouver.

The Austrian city of Salzburg, considered by many Vancouver's main rival for the Games, was ousted on a first round of voting by IOC delegates earlier in Prague.

Vancouver's bid beat out that of Pyeongchang, South Korea, on a second ballot, reportedly on a tight vote of 56 to 53.

The decision came through in a video link from Prague at about 8:45 a.m. Pacific time.

The last time the Games were in Canada was 1988 in Calgary. Montreal hosted the Summer Games in 1976.

Vancouver officials called their proposal the Sea-to-Sky Games, drawing heavily on the city's ocean setting framed by rugged, snow-capped mountains.

The Canadian bid -- which cost $35 million Cdn -- pointed to a sophisticated urban centre on the shores of the Pacific Ocean with a world-class alpine resort just 125 kilometres north.

Under the Vancouver plan, hockey, curling, speed skating, freestyle skiing, plus the opening and closing ceremonies would be held in and around the city.

Alpine events, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, bobsled and luge will be staged in Whistler.

The final push in Prague, which included 45 official delegates and a multimedia presentation featuring hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, Olympic gold medallist speed skater Catriona Le May Doan, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, cost $875,000.

Bid organizers say a Vancouver Olympics will operate on a budget of $2 billion, with the provincial and federal governments evenly splitting $620 million in costs to build venues and another $200 million for security.

This doesn't include the $600 million the province has promised to upgrade the serpentine Sea-to-Sky Highway linking Vancouver with Whistler.

© Copyright 2003 CP, CanWest Interactive
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That is great! Yay!

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All i will say is that i am against this and the money could be better spent. Thats it.
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