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2010 Winter Olympics
The Winter Olympics were hosted by Canada in 2010. Vancouver celebrated on July 2, 2003 after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded it the 2010 Winter Olympics. This was a joint Winter Olympics bid by Vancouver and the ski resort of Whistler. 120 kilometres north of Vancouver, picturesque Whistler is an ideal venue for many Winter Olympics events.
Winter Olympics Celebration18,000 Vancouver Olympics fans watched the IOC vote in Prague on video screens in a Vancouver stadium. The final IOC announcement resulted in noisy cheers, confetti, streamers and fireworks in this first of many Winter Olympics celebrations in Vancouver.
Countdown to the 2010 Winter Olympics
Vancouver's quest to host the 2010 Winter Olympics began in February 1998, when the Bid Society was authorized by Vancouver city council to submit a Bid. Vancouver was approved by the IOC as an applicant city for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games in 2002. Although preparation of the 2010 Olympic Games bid involved hundreds of people and cost millions of dollars, it was just the beginning.
2006 Winter OlympicsVancouver began it's cultural Olympiad when it hosted part of the closing ceremony at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy. In October 2009, the Winter Olympics torch began its 114-day relay of 15,000 kilometres. It started in the Canadian High Arctic and traveled across Canada before lighting the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony. The 2010 Winter Olympic Games began on February 12, 2010. The Winter Paralympic Games began on March 12, 2010.
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