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by Jean Sorensen

The seven new Olympic and Paralympic venues identified for completion in 2007 include the Whistler Nordic centre to be used for the biathlon, ski jump and cross-country events, the Whistler sliding centre, Cypress snowboard venue, Whistler alpine venue and the Hastings Park skating venue. VANOC, which released its quarterly report for the period ending in October, maintains that all construction is on time and on budget.

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Look for seven in 2007. Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) has released a summary statement outlining successes for 2006 and objectives for 2007, which involve ensuring that seven new sports venues are completed. “Our (2006) construction season finished successfully and we’re pleased to have generated $115 million this year through several new sponsorship agreements with great Canadian companies, exceeding our $100 million target for 2006,” said John Furlong, VANOC chief executive officer.

The seven new Olympic and Paralympic venues identified for completion in 2007 include the Whistler Nordic centre to be used for the biathlon, ski jump and cross-country events, the Whistler sliding centre, Cypress snowboard venue, Whistler alpine venue and the Hastings Park skating venue. VANOC, which released its quarterly report for the period ending in October, maintains that all construction is on time and on budget.

According to the financial statement, VANOC’s venue development expenditures for the quarter were $46.5 million and now total $182.4 million since venue construction started.

VANOC’s $580 million venue construction budget was confirmed and fully funded by the federal and provincial governments with a contingency fund of $66.8 million.

In November 2006, the Cypress freestyle venue became the first to be completed, more than three years in advance of the game’s opening. In 2006, VANOC also continued to identify ways to reduce costs through such agreements as holding the Olympic ice hockey tournament on North American sized ice and to move Paralympic ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling competition to Vancouver following Whistler’s decision to forgo the building of a new arena.

Other 2007 objectives outlined by VANOC include completion of a preliminary operating plan, unveiling of a new mascot, preparing for the first training events to be held in 2007, and refining a ticketing plan.

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