The freestyle site at British Columbia's Cypress Mountain, which will host the moguls and aerials events and six snowboarding events, is the first 2010 Winter Games venue to be competition-ready.
MORE THAN THREE YEARS before freestyle skiers dazzle spectators with their jumps, twists and turns at the aerials and moguls events in 2010, the freestyle site at Cypress Mountain is the first 2010 Olympic Winter Games venue to be competition-ready.
This marks a significant achievement for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games — an achievement celebrated by VANOC executives and numerous invited guests. Also taking part in commemorating this special occasion were distinguished freestyle athletes Kristi Richards (Canadian World Cup moguls team/Torino 2006 Games) and Steve Omischl (Canadian World Cup aerials team/2005 world champion/Torino 2006 Games/Salt Lake City 2002 Games).
"Early completion of our competition sites is a cornerstone of the Vancouver 2010 venue development program," said John Furlong, VANOC chief executive officer. "The sooner our venues are ready, the sooner our athletes will have access to the sites to enhance their chances of podium success in 2010. We started our venue construction as early as possible and are delighted to recognize this milestone, marking the first in a series of completed venues that will offer both meaningful and lasting legacies to our community."
Cypress Mountain will serve as the venue for four freestyle skiing events, including men’s and women’s aerials and moguls, and six snowboard events: men’s and women’s parallel giant slalom, halfpipe and snowboardcross (provisional).
VANOC’s budget for the freestyle and snowboard site is $14.6 million (Canadian), jointly funded by both the Canadian government and the province of British Columbia as part of VANOC’s $580 million construction budget. The construction process began in May 2006 following a comprehensive environmental review.
As one of the most popular winter destination areas in B.C., Cypress Mountain attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. The 2010 Winter Games upgrades will enhance the Cypress experience for both recreational and competitive users, providing a legacy for sport development while creating lasting benefits for communities for years to come.
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from Feb. 12-28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12-21, 2010.