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2010 Winter Olympics
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2010 Winter Olympics

The 2010 Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, both in Canada.

The cost of the Games for Vancouver is estimated to be in the range of C 1.4 billion:

Vancouver and Whistler will have an operating budget of about C$2 billion from the provincial and federal governments.

Originally, 8 cities had placed bids to hold the games:

The citizens of Bern held a referendum on their city's bid in the winter of 2002-03, and overwhelmingly decided to drop their efforts.

By February of 2003, only three contenders remained: Salzburg, Vancouver, and Pyeongchang.

The city of Vancouver held a plebiscite vote on February 22, 2003 asking residents whether or not they supported the Olympic bid. 64% of residents approved the bid.

On May 2, 2003, the International Olympic Committee declared that all three of the remaining candidates could put on a "very good" Games. This was seen by reporters as an attempt to assure the little-known city of Pyeongchang's capability of producing a quality Games.

The host city was announced on July 2, 2003 in Prague. The first round of voting eliminated Salzburg, leaving only the Canadian and Korean bids. Vancouver then beat Pyeongchang in the final ballot.


See also: 2010 Winter Paralympics


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