Winter Olympics 2010
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The countdown has begun! With over 5,000 competitors from over 80 different countries, the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 are an assured blitz of icy events with euphoric victories.
The Canadian city of Vancouver is home to the Winter Olympics 2010 and of course, the Paralympic Winter Games. It's expected to be one of the most riveting yet, with all alpine skiing and sliding events taking place at the world-renowned resort of Whistler; down the beautiful Blackcomb Mountain and throughout the stylish Creekside Village.
From February 12th 2010, the 21st Winter Olympics will finally open its doors and for over a month, Vancouver will erupt with light and euphoria; bringing in millions upon millions of viewers from all over the world.
Winter Olympics 2010 Events
Over the 16 days of events, there'll be 15 different winter sports all clambering for your attention. With such an exciting range on offer, there isn't a single event you'll want to miss!
• Alpine skiing: one of the most popular events - from Downhill to Slalom at over 130km/h!
• Biathlon: the intriguing two tests of cross country skiing and rifle shooting.
• Bobsleigh: the thrilling ice track sport famed for split-second finishes.
• Cross-country skiing: sprints, relays and pursuits ensure a packed, exciting schedule.
• Curling: strangely hypnotic, this curious, team-based ice sport is over 500 years old.
• Figure skating: choreography and timing are the keys to this rhythmic event.
• Freestyle skiing: aerial aesthetics, difficult moguls and exciting Ski Cross aplenty!
• Ice hockey: blink and you'll miss it - as frantic and electrifying as winter sports get.
• Luge: inch-perfect body positions are essential in this unique sledding race.
• Nordic combined: joining the Nordic sports of jumping, free-styling and racing together.
• Short-track speed skating: tight corners make it difficult to stay in control.
• Speed skating: the fastest human powered, non-mechanical aided sport in the world.
• Skeleton: crucial sprint starts feature in this frighteningly fast stomach-sledding sport.
• Ski jumping: launching at speed, keeping your posture and landing it perfectly.
• Snowboarding: the coolest sport at the Olympics is a crowd-favourite and sure to dazzle.
Paralympics Winter Games
Vancouver 2010 will also be followed by the tenth Paralympics Winter Games which will take place for ten days from March 10th to 21st. The events include Alpine Skiing, the Biathlon and Wheelchair Curling which each offer enough differences to make them just as exciting and tense as the standard games. In fact, some of the events are intriguing enough to offer more thrills. Ice Sledge Hockey for example, could potentially be the most fascinating event of the whole Olympics, with players duelling for the puck in specially-designed sleds.
Countdown to the Winter Olympics 2010
With all the work needed to make the Winter Olympics 2010 really work successfully, around 25,000 volunteers are needed to help stage the games. That shows just how huge this event is going to be and not only that, but 10,000 media members are expected to be accredited to get the absolute maximum coverage possible.
It's going to be a landmark for the country as Canada hasn't hosted the games since 1988. With the buzz surrounding Vancouver 2010, it seems like the perfect city to stage such a fantastic event.
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