Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

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. 

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Venues

  • BC Place: Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Pacific Coliseum - Figure skating and short track speed skating
  • UBC Thunderbird Arena - Ice hockey and Paralympic sledge hockey
  • Vancouver Olympic Centre/Vancouver Paralympic Centre (Hillcrest Community Centre) - Curling
  • Canada Hockey Place (Rogers Arena)- Ice hockey
  • Cypress Mountain- Freestyle skiing and snowboarding
  • Richmond Olympic Oval - Long-track speed skating

Five Top Olympic Firsts

Vancouver was unique as an Olympic host city. How unique? Here are the top five ways

  1. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games marked the first time in history that Indigenous peoples were recognized as official Olympic hosting partners. The Four Host First Nations (Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations people) were involved in virtually every aspect of the event.
  2. The 2010 Winter Games were the first Olympics to use a rigorous set of environmental criteria called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for all new construction.
  3. Vancouver was one of the largest cities ever to host a Winter Olympic Games.
  4. With its mild climate, Vancouver has the warmest average temperatures of any previous Winter Olympic host.
  5. The Games were among the most accessible ever staged, with barrier-free access for persons with disabilities at all venues and facilities.

 Extra! The 2010 Olympic Winter Games in numbers:

  • 17 days of competition
  • 9 competition venues
  • 615 medals awarded in 86 competitions
  • 2,632 athletes
  • 10,800 media attendees
  • Approximately 3.5 billion TV viewers worldwide
  • More than 3.3 million pairs of Vancouver 2010 red mittens sold