Opening Ceremonies Mark the Start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games
The Opening Ceremonies of the XXI Olympiad kicked off the Winter Olympics at BC Place Stadium in a sparkling homage to winter, Canadian culture and athleticism.
While the Parade of Athletes was surely a highlight of the Ceremonies — where the stylish uniforms of teams were on display — the eye-catching artistry of performances by singers, dancers, skaters and aerialists provided enduring memories.
In this Opening Ceremony, memorable moments were many. The impact of light and effects were central to performances that wowed: Hymn of the North, with its glittering Polar Bear; skaters that appeared nearly as traffic on roadways; spouting whales; and a Rhythms number that vibrated and sparked.
Despite the Opening Ceremonies providing a brilliant start to the Games, a dark cloud hung over Whistler from a tragic accident that occurred earlier in the day. Georgian luge athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili, passed away from injuries sustained during a training run at Whistler Sliding Centre. Our thoughts are with Nodar’s family, teammates, colleagues and the people of the Republic of Georgia — we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences for this loss.
The Opening Ceremonies set the stage for the amazing Cultural Olympiad which continued throughout the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Musical performances punctuated each evening’s Victory Ceremonies. And while the Victory Ceremonies featured big name performers, there were many small and intimate performances worthy of big presence.
One such presentation was in Whistler, at Lost Lake Park, where an igloo-like venue had been built for NiX Theatre. Who knew that an igloo theatre could provide such amazing acoustics! The story, the environment and the voices of NiX created an engaging theatrical experience.
Visitors to Whistler year-round can partake in an arts and culture scene that is vibrant, innovative and down-right beautiful. From amazing photographic displays, to stunning paintings, to eclectic musical stylings that abound nightly, Whistler is a place ripe with boundary-pushing artists — a place that embraces the Cultural Olympiad with vigour. It is a place that showcases the majesty of its natural beauty, the innovation of its artists and the grit of athletic feats.