Athletes and spectators from around the world gathered in Vancouver and the alpine resort of Whistler in February and March 2010 for 17 days of thrilling competitions, amazing displays of sportsmanship and magical moments when lifelong dreams were finally realized. The event, along with the region’s spectacular natural playground and its vibrant state-of-the-art venues, put Vancouver in the spotlight as a premier sporting destination.
The 2010 Olympic Winter Games in numbers:
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The Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) selected a contemporary interpretation of the inukshuk as the official emblem of the 2010 Winter Games. Inukshuks are stone sculptures traditionally used by Canada's Inuit people as directional landmarks across the north, but have become adopted as a symbol of hope, friendship and hospitality throughout Canada. The emblem was unveiled in 2005 and named “Ilanaaq,” the Inuit word for friend. Vancouver’s most photographed inukshuk can be found at English Bay Beach.
Sports-minded visitors still have plenty of ways to emulate the athletes, reawaken the vibe and experience the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on a visit to the city. Dip into these unique Olympic-themed activities:
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Consider a story focusing on the legacy that the 2010 Olympic Games left to Vancouver…and how your readers can experience it when they visit. Partake of all the activities mentioned above, include interviews with locals on their memo-ries of the event, and see if you can hunt down any souvenirs of Games mascots Quatchi, Miga and Sumi – try the souvenir stores in Chinatown. Create an image slideshow of your experiences.