onsdag 27. oktober 2010

Maple Facts - Winter Olympics

The 2nd of July, 2003 in Prague Vancouver was selected to be the host of the 21. Winter Olympics. But some of the events were held in Whistler. Like Skiing and biathlon. Vancouver won with 3 votes over Pyeongchang. This was the third time Canada hosted the Olympics. The games started the 12 of February 2010, and ended the 28 of February.

The logo of the winter Olympics

Over 2600 athletes entered the games from 82 nations. They entered in 86 events in 15 disciplines. Canada became the most winning nation in front of Germany, USA and Norway. The most winning athlete was Marit Bjørgen with 5 medals. 3 of them were of the golden sort.

The medals in Vancouver

The calculated cost for the winter Olympics was a stunning 1.76 billion Canadian dollars. About 10.5 billion Norwegian kroner. Although the cost was massive, Vancouver and Whistler made a whole lot more. They have said that the area around the Olympics made about 10 billion Canadian dollars.

All in all the games went well, but one tragic thing happened. Nodar Kumaritashvili crashed in the last corner at a speed around 140 kilometres per hour. This death was a massive “eye-opener.” The death showed the entire world that the games aren’t the most important thing in the world.

Nodar Kumaritashvili after the crash


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