Cauldron Burned Brightly at the First Victory Ceremony in Whistler
Athletes received well-deserved medals during the first Victory Ceremony on February 13, 2010 at Whistler Medals Plaza, and a thrilled crowd of spectators received the first of many golden moments. The festivities were led by the lighting of Whistler Medals Plaza’s cauldron – a fanfare that had the cauldron lit by fireworks. Medal presentations for both Ski Jump NH and Women’s Biathlon 7.5 km Sprint were followed by a high energy performance by the All American Rejects.
Receiving medals were Simon Ammann of Switzerland — who won the first gold medal of the Games —along with Adam Malysz of Poland who took silver and Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria who earned bronze. Slovakia's Anastazia Kuzmina received her gold medal for biathlon while Magdalena Neuner of Germany received silver and Marie Dorin of France, bronze.
As an anchor for the Olympic Whistler Live! arts and entertainment program, Whistler Medals Plaza held nightly medal presentations from February 13 to February 27, and featured musical concerts with acts such as Our Lady Peace, Usher and ‘80s icons Devo. An open-air band shell held the stage. In the future, Whistler Medals Plaza will be transformed into a year-round community gathering space with an open grass lawn and terraced amphitheatre seating for picnics, outdoor concerts and performances. The expanded children’s play area will be a welcome addition to Whistler’s Village Stroll, and a place for families to meet. Icons from the Games will be housed at Whistler Medals Plaza providing both a historical legacy and amazing photo opportunities. A visit to Whistler Medals Plaza promises to be a gold medal experience.