Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies will focus on sport development in Canada long after the Games
For Whistler, what happens after the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is as important as what happens during, which is the reason for Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies (WLS2010).
After the 2010 Winter Games, it will be up to the Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies to ensure the multimillion-dollar Games venues in the Whistler community become part of the community, a new tourist attraction and a key player in athlete development in Canada.
WLS2010 is a not-for-profit business that will own and operate three 2010 Winter Games venues post-Games: the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park and the Whistler Athletes’ Centre.
The 2010 venues will offer recreational programs as well as training facilities where they can fine-tune their skills. Athletes will also be able to find affordable accommodations at the Athletes’ Centre, which is key to attracting training camps, international competitions and other tournaments.
“The three new 2010 Winter Games venues will mean increased recreational and economic opportunities for the Sea to Sky Corridor,’’ said Keith Bennett, president and CEO of Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies. “Our goal is to make these venues economically sustainable.’’
Seven years after the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the venues are still well used. Visitors take tours of the freestyle skiing venues, ski jumps and sliding track. The former Olympic venues are also home to U.S. national ski, snowboard and sliding athletes.
“These venues are an on-going legacy for us,’’ said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker Becker. “They continue to be a draw for everyone from elite athletes to the public.’’
Taken from WhistlerToday – 26 February 2010