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What sports will be included in 2010?

There are currently 7 sports with 15 disciplines in the Olympic Winter Games: Skiing (alpine skiing, cross country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, freestyle skiing, and snowboard), Skating (speed skating, figure skating, and short track speed skating), Bobsleigh (bobsleigh and skeleton), Luge, Biathlon, Ice Hockey, and Curling. The Paralympic Winter Games have 5 sports: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Biathlon, Ice Sledge Hockey, and Wheelchair Curling.

Will you be adding any new sports?

The sport program is set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Snowboard cross and the team pursuit for long track speed skating were provisionally accepted by the IOC for Torino 2006, and have been formally accepted into the 2010 Winter Games sport program. As well, Vancouver 2010 will showcase the Olympic début of the freestyle ski event of ski cross. Any new sport discipline or event requests must be directed to the IOC for their consideration. For more information on how new sports are adopted, please visit the IOC website.

How can I help support Canadian athletes?

VANOC cannot accept donations on behalf of Canadian athletes. Both the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee accept donations that help develop their programs for athletes. Please visit their websites for more details.

How can I or someone I know carry the Torch in 2010?

Details of the Vancouver 2010 Torch Relays - including the routes, the required number of torch bearers, and the process of selection - will not be determined until closer to the Games. As information becomes available, it will be posted on our website.

I have written/drawn/composed/created something that I think would be perfect for the Games. Can I send it in?

VANOC cannot accept any unsolicited proposals, suggestions or ideas regarding the creative aspects of the 2010 Winter Games, in order to protect the legal and commercial rights of both VANOC (as the recipient of proposals) and you (as a producer of creative work). When we are ready to begin accepting submissions, we will post further information on our website, and we encourage you to check it on a regular basis.

Only through the formal solicitation of proposals can VANOC ensure that the terms and conditions applicable to proposals and other submitted materials, including terms and conditions relating to ownership and intellectual property rights, are clearly established and understood by all parties prior to the submission.

In the event VANOC receives an unsolicited proposal, VANOC has developed a protocol to address such unsolicited proposals. In particular, upon receipt by VANOC of an unsolicited proposal, such submissions are immediately forwarded, without consideration or review, to the Proposal Administrator for handling. The Proposal Administrator will then seal such proposals, in perpetuity, in files that are only accessible by the Proposal Administrator.

When we are ready to begin accepting submissions, we will post further information on our website, and we encourage you to check it on a regular basis.

Where can I buy official 2010 merchandise?

Official Vancouver 2010 Olympic merchandise is now available at the Olympic Store at vancouver2010.com, Hudson's Bay Company stores across Canada and at select retailers nationwide.

Canadian Olympic Team replica clothing is available exclusively in special Olympic-themed boutiques at The Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters and online at www.hbc.com.

Can I get a donation of 2010 merchandise for a fundraiser or event?

VANOC does not have a donation program at this time. While we are committed to supporting the development of sport, culture, and sustainability by planning and staging the 2010 Winter Games, we do not have the resources to support individual teams or organizations through donations.

The dropdown menu navigation isn’t working for me. What should I do?

There may be a conflict between the script used for vancouver2010.com’s navigation and some Internet security software applications. Please read this help document for more information.

How do I update my account or retrieve my password?

Your Vancouver 2010 communications account, gives you access to e-mail updates as well as your account at the on-line store. You may have a different password set up for a job or volunteer opportunities.

If you do not remember your password, please click here and you will be asked to enter your e-mail address and answer a security question. Once answered correctly, you will be able to change your password. If you do not remember the answer to your security question, please e-mail info@vancouver2010.com for further assistance.

Who are the VANOC Board of Directors?

The Vancouver 2010 Board is made up of 20 members nominated by the various Games Partners, including the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, City of Vancouver, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Province of British Columbia, Government of Canada, and the First Nations. The full list of Board Members can be found here.

What is the difference between VANOC and 2010 Legacies Now?

VANOC is responsible for the planning and staging of the 2010 Winter Games. 2010 Legacies Now is an initiative of the Province of British Columbia, with the mandate to develop and support community partners and organizations around the Province to ensure that every region of BC benefits from the legacies of 2010. 2010 Legacies Now will be contributing to lasting legacies in sport and recreations, the arts, literacy, and volunteerism. For more information, visit the 2010 Legacies Now website.

What is the 2010 Commerce Centre?

The 2010 Commerce Centre website is managed by the BC Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Secretariat, with the goal of ensuring that communities throughout the province are aware of the economic opportunities associated with hosting the Games. The 2010 Commerce Centre is operated separately from the Vancouver Organizing Committee.

When will tickets be available for 2010?

Tickets for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games will go on sale in October 2008. For more information – including pricing and methods of purchase – visit our ticketing section.

When can I book my hotel accommodations in Vancouver or Whistler for the 2010 Winter Games?

VANOC, in association with the regional tourism and hotel associations, is in the early stages of an accommodation plan for spectators who will be traveling to Vancouver and Whistler for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. More information on how and when reservations can be booked will be available in 2008.

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