The next Olympic Games will be held in 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Olympic Games is scheduled to take place within February 12 to 28, 2010. However, Olympic Games 2010 is officially called as the XXI Olympic Winter Games or 21st Winter Olympics. The 2010 Winter Olympics will be the third Olympics hosted by Canada, and the first by the province of British Columbia. These will also be the first games to be held in an NHL market since the league allowed its players to participate starting at the Winter Olympics1998. Read on to know about the upcoming events in Olympic Games 2010.
The event of the Olympic Games 2010 will be open by Governor General Michaelle Jean. The Olympic Games 2010 will also be the first Olympic Games to have an Opening Ceremony held indoors. Moreover, Vancouver, which will be the most populous city ever to hold the Winter Games, will also be the warmest: in February, when the Games will be held, Vancouver has an average temperature of 4.8 °C (40.6 °F). The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at BC Place Stadium. However, competition venues in Greater Vancouver include UBC Winter Sports Centre, Pacific Coliseum, Cypress Mountain, Paralympic Centre and Richmond Olympic Oval. Know more about Olympic Games 2010.
The logo for Winter Olympics 2010 logo was revealed on April 23, 2005, and is titled Ilanaaq. It is a Inuktitut word, meaning friend. The mascots for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were introduced on November 27, 2007. However, the mascot include Miga ( a mythical sea bear), Quatchi (a sasquatch), Sumi (an animal guardian spirit who wears the hat of the orca whale, flies with the wings of the mighty thunderbird and runs on the strong furry legs of the black bear) and Mukmuk (a Vancouver Island marmot). Miga and Quatchi are mascots for the Olympic Games, while Sumi is the mascot for the Paralympic Games.
Ninety-seven nations will participate in the upcoming events in Olympic Games 2010. Eighty-six winter sports events will be held in Olympic Games. The eight sports classified as ice sports bobsled, luge, skeleton, ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, short track speed skating and curling. However, the three sports classified as alpine, skiing and snowboarding events include alpine, freestyle and snowboarding. The four sports classified as Nordic events include biathlon, cross country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined. Moreover, Vancouver Olympic Games 2010 will also be the first winter Olympics in which both men's and women's hockey will be played on a narrower.