May
18
2012
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What was there before London’s Olympic Park?

olympic siteThe London Olympics 2012 are about to begin. As you watch the opening ceremony and view the Olympic Park it will be hard to believe that this was once a landscape of marshland, and later an industrial site intersected by watercourses and railways which in recent decades had declined into an industrial wasteland. The 250 [more…]

Jan
18
2010
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When were the first Winter Olympic Games?

Chamonix has changed a great deal since 1924 (photo by phileole CC-BY)With the 2010 Winter Olympic Games almost upon us, it may be interesting to look back to the first games. The first Winter Olympic Games were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France, a well established ski resort. The week-long games were originally called by the French, “Winter Sports Week”. Politics within the Olympic movement prevented [more…]

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Jan
06
2010
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What is a brief history of the Winter Olympics?

Squaw Valley - courtesy Rick McCharles - CC-BYWhen the modern Olympic Movement began, in 1894, the newly-formed International Olympic Committee (IOC) considered ice skating as a possible sport for the first modern Olympic Games, in 1896.  Needless to say, that didn’t happen but figure skating was on the program for the 1908 Olympic Games in London.  In 1911, it was suggested that [more…]

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Apr
19
2009
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When and where can I purchase tickets to attend the 2010 Winter Olympics?

Whistler VillageThe Vancouver Organizing Committee has set rigid restrictions on sales for the 2010 Winter Olympics, which will be held in and near Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, in February. Hoping to prevent problems with scalping and counterfeiting, VANOC is limiting ticket sales to one authorized dealer for each country, has set restrictions on ticket transfers [more…]

Jan
05
2009
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Where are the 2010 Olympic And Paralympic Winter Games going to be held?

Whistler, BC : Vancouver Olympic Symbol (photo by jeffwilcox - CC-BY)The 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be hosted by the City of Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, from February 12-28 and March 12-2. Half of the tickets are priced at $100 or less. Vancouver, with its spectacular natural beauty, is located in the southwest corner of Canada, bordered to the [more…]

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