The Winter Olympics which is also known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games will be held in 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The event of this Winter Olympics 2010 will take place from 12th to 28th February, 2010. Following the Olympic tradition, then Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan received the Winter Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games 2006, held in Torino, Italy. However, the flag was raised on February 28th, 2006 in a special ceremony, and will be on display at Vancouver City Hall until the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Vancouver won the bidding process to host the Winter Olympics 2010 by a vote of the International Olympic Committee on July 2, 2003, at the 115th IOC Session held in Prague, Czech Republic. The result was announced by IOC President Jacques Rogge. Read the following article to know more about Winter Olympics.
The upcoming events in Winter Olympics 2010 will be held in different venues. The opening and closing ceremony will take place at BC Place Stadium. This stadium however received over $150 million for renovations. The venues in which different events will place take Vancouver includes UBC Winter Sports Centre, Pacific Coliseum, Cypress Mountain, Paralympic Centre and Richmond Olympic Oval. However, competition venues in Whistler include Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler Olympic Park and Whistler Sliding Centre. The logo for Winter Olympics 2010 was announced on April 23, 2005, and is titled Ilanaaq and the mascots include Miga, Quatchi, Sumi and Mukmuk. Miga and Quatchi are mascots for the Olympic Games, while Sumi is the mascot for the Paralympic Games.
Ninety seven nations have been qualified to take part in the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics. Eighty six winter sports will be held in Winter Olympics 2010. Winter Olympics 2010 will be broadcast around the globe by a number of television broadcasters. The host broadcaster will be Olympic Broadcasting Services Vancouver, a subsidiary of the IOC's new in-house broadcasting unit Olympic Broadcasting Services. However, the 2010 Olympics mark the first games where the host broadcasting facilities will be provided solely by OBS. In Canada, the games will be the first Olympic Games broadcast by a new consortium led by CTV globemedia and Rogers Media Rogers displacing previous broadcaster CBC Sports. However, Winter Olympics 2010 will also be the first winter Olympics in which both men's and women's hockey will be played on a narrower.