The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

The Olympic Games bring the world together in ways very few celebrations can. Nation houses open their doors, displays of national pride abound and citizens of countries across the globe proudly wear their national costumes, colours and smiles. Whistler Village became our own small United Nations as visitors, locals and athletes alike all gathered to celebrate with one another.

In response to COVID-19, the remaining Paralympic Games Anniversary events are cancelled.

Celebrate Whistler’s 10th Olympic and Paralympic Anniversary

February 12 – 28 and March 12 – 21, 2020

Whistler celebrates the tenth anniversary of the 2010 Games in February and March of 2020 with exciting tribute events that will reignite the magic of the Games. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities!

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February Celebration Highlights

Cake & Quatchi
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: Noon – 1 PM
Location: Whistler Public Library
Details: Kick off the 2010 Games anniversary with cake, hot chocolate and a chance to get a photo with the larger-than-life Sasquatch who was one of the official mascots of the 2010 Games. Please bring your own reusable mug.

Whistler Olympic Park Anniversary Celebration
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: Whistler Olympic Park, Callaghan Valley
Details: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Winter Games with a range of Olympic- and Paralympic-themed activities and demonstrations, photo opportunities with the Olympic podium, the chance to meet an Olympic mascot and an exhibit with Olympic mementos in the Day Lodge. Ages 10+ can participate in the Experience Biathlon program for $10 per person, and children and youth (ages 7+) can try free Snow Luge. Adaptive Nordic skiing demonstrations will be available and visitors can try specialized biathlon rifles used by visually impaired Para athletes. Regular park activities including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, biathlon and sightseeing will continue to run. Park entry fees apply. Attention 2010 Games volunteers: wear your blue jacket or show accreditation to receive free Park entry!

Cypress Point Winter Carnival: ART-LYMPICS
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020
Time: 12 – 4 PM
Location: 5678 Alta Lake Road
Details: The 7th Annual Cypress Point Winter Carnival returns with a full afternoon of ART-LYMPICS themed activities, games, food, drinks and live entertainment. Afternoon activities and entertainment are free, with hot drinks and food available for purchase from the Cypress Point Café.

2010 Reunion at Family Après
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 3 – 6 PM
Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Details: Calling all Blue Jackets! 2010 Games volunteers, torchbearers, staff and athletes will gather during Family Après for a reunion party. All are welcome to join in to share memories with old friends and enjoy some snacks and entertainment.

Bobs & Lolo
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Time: 4 – 5 PM
Location: Whistler Public Library
Details: Juno Award-winning musicians Bobs & Lolo are back! This dynamic duo is dedicated to connecting children to nature with music, movement and make-believe in an upbeat, interactive show.

S’mores at the Warming Hut
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 2 – 4 PM
Location: Lost Lake Nordic Trails Warming Hut
Cost: A Lost Lake Nordic Trails Day Ticket or Pass is required
Details: Nordic ski or snowshoe to the Lost Lake Warming Hut and share in the magic of a cozy campfire. Free s’mores and hot chocolate available. Please bring your own reusable mug.

Building the Spirit: Whistler’s Volunteers of the 2010 Games
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Time: 7 PM
Location: Whistler Museum & Archives, 4333 Main Street
Cost: Free admission
Details: The exhibit features stories and artefacts of volunteers and community members who participated in the 2010 Winter Games. This Opening Night includes a chance for everyone to record and share their own experiences of 2010 and the multi-year lead up, and to bring or wear their Olympic gear.


March Celebration Highlights

Meet Sumi, the Paralympic Mascot
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 PM
Location: Whistler Public Library
Details: Kick off the 2010 Paralympic Anniversary with cake and Sumi’s favourite hot chocolate on Library Plaza. Please bring your own reusable mug.

2010 Reunion at Family Après
Date: Monday, March 16, 2020
Time: 3 – 6 PM
Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Details: Calling all Blue Jackets! 2010 Games volunteers, torchbearers, staff and athletes will gather during Family Après for a reunion party. All are welcome to join in to share memories with old friends and enjoy some snacks and entertainment.

Legacies

The lasting impact of the 2010 Winter Games on our community is tremendous. With a vastly improved highway, brand-new competition venues, Whistler Olympic Plaza, the Athletes’ Village housing complex and the lifelong memories gained from hosting the world, Whistler will never be the same.

One of the most scenic highways in the world, the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler, received many upgrades in preparation for the Games, making this breathtakingly scenic route safer and faster.

The Whistler Sliding Centre and Whistler Olympic Park are striving legacy venues that grow future athletes and host competitions from grassroots up to World Cup level, but they are also used and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike who want to experience and discover sliding sports, Nordic skiing and more.

The neighbourhood that was home to the Olympic Athletes’ Village in 2010 now provides affordable housing to many locals. The area, known as Cheakamus Crossing, also offers a brand-new youth hostel and is home to the Whistler Athletes’ Centre, a training and accommodation facility for athletes and sport groups.

History

Whistler is a place that inspires personal achievement and pushes us to our limits. It's a place where the road to victory isn’t navigated easily, but is immensely rewarding. It is a place that both breeds and celebrates the athletic elite, and so it is no wonder it was official Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Winter Games. However, the quest for the games started much earlier.

In the early 1960s, a group of Vancouver businessmen formed the Garibaldi Olympic Development Association in the hopes of bringing the 1968 Olympic Winter Games to British Columbia. After thoroughly exploring the rugged Coast Mountains range north of Vancouver, they found the perfect mountain (then called London Mountain). Even though the ’68 Winter Games were awarded to Grenoble, France, they decided to continue developing a ski hill on London Mountain anyway.

On February 14, 1966 the newly renamed Whistler Mountain officially opened for skiers. While the resort made several more bids for the Olympic Games over the years, it took nearly 40 years for Whistler to finally make its Olympic dreams a reality.

Memories

The 2010 Winter Games were filled with a million incredible moments, and each of us carries our own set of favourite memories, but here are some of the most memorable moments of the Games:

  • The Olympic Torch Relay attracts more than 15,000 people to Whistler’s Skiers Plaza.
  • Canada’s first gold medal on home soil is won by Quebec’s Alexandre Bilodeau for an incredible performance in Men’s Moguls – Whistler Village was watching live on giant viewing screens and the cheers echoed off the mountains for hours.
  • The red Olympic mittens created specially for the Games become a huge hit and long lineups form at the Olympic Store daily as revellers try to, literally, get their hands on some!
  • Petra Majdic of Slovenia wins the bronze medal in the Ladies’ Individual Sprint cross-country skiing race after suffering five broken ribs and a collapsed lung in a training wipe-out. Despite being in agonizing pain, Petra made it through the quarterfinals, semifinals and then ultimately won bronze in the final. She had to be helped on stage at Whistler Medals Plaza by a medic that evening to receive her medal.
  • Switzerland’s Simon Ammann wins both ski jumping gold medals to become the first man ever to land four gold medals in the sport. Simon won the gold in both Normal Hill and Large Hill in Salt Lake City in 2002 and did the same in Whistler in 2010.
  • In true Canadian style, Jon Montgomery chugs beer in Whistler Village after winning Olympic Gold in Skeleton. It was the fourth gold for the country, but the first at an event held in Whistler. Two Canadian women’s bobsleigh teams own the podium, winning both gold and silver in the event. Kaillie Humphries, Heather Moyse, Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown bring it home for Canada right here in Whistler.
  • Whistler athletes make the community proud by giving their all in Olympic competitions. Ashleigh McIvor wins the first gold ever in Ski Cross, an inaugural Olympic event; Maëlle Ricker wins gold in Snowboard Cross; siblings Mike and Britt Janyk compete in alpine skiing events on the mountain they grew up skiing; ski cross athlete Julia Murray, daughter of Crazy Canuck Dave Murray, competes in her first of likely many Olympic Games.

While these moments were celebratory and defining, the list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the saddest moment of the Games, the death of young Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili. Nodar came to Whistler to pursue his Olympic dream and will live on in our hearts forever.

Athlete on the track at Whistler Sliding Centre in Whistler BC

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