November 21st 1998: First round of voting is completed between the three preposed Canadian cities: Vancouver/Whistler (26 votes), Calgary (21 votes), and Quebec City (25 votes).
December 3rd 1998: Second round of voting is conducted and Vancouver/Whistler beats out Quebec city 40-32.
January 2003: bidding books are submitted for three host cities: Vancouver, Pyeongchang (South Korea), and Salzburg (Austria).
Febuaray 2003: In the first round of voting Vancouver places second to South Korea 40-51 and Austria is eliminated with only 16 votes.
July 2nd 2003: Vancouver wins the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics 56-53 making it the second closest Olympic vote since Sydney won the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Febuary 28th 2010: Here we are at both the end of the month, and the end of the Winter Olympics. As I think back to the summer of 2003 when we won the bid it seems like a long time ago. Since then Olympic talk, debate, highway construction, mascots, and marketing have played some part in most peoples lives (at least in this area). I’m proud of the job we have done as Canadians bringing the world to our door, and sad to see it coming to a close. When I stood in Live City last night watching the fireworks display after Blue Rodeo, I couldn’t help but feel very fortunate to know this is where I live. For all of you who have participated, volunteered, or taken part in the festivities I salute you.
GO CANADA GO