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Greece Olympics 2
Title:
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Summary: Vancouver 2010 Winter Games flame lighting ceremony
Story No: 624182
Source: ERT POOL
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 22/10/2009 11:34 AM
People: Jacques Rogge
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1. Wide shot of Priestesses in the Temple of Hera

2. Priestesses walking through the temple

3. Wide shot of Priestesses

4. High Priestess carries flame in ceremonial bowl

3. Wide shot of the Temple of Hera

4. High Priestess approaching torch and concave mirror lying on the ground

5. Wide shot of High Priestess crouching on the ground next to torch and mirror

6. High Priestess lighting torch from a concave mirror concentrating the sun's rays

7. Torch lighting from sun's rays on concave mirror, High Priestess holding it up to the sky

8. Close up of lit torch

9. High Priestess circles concave mirror with lit torch

10. Close up of flame in ceremonial bowl

11. Mid shot of Priestesses

12. Wide shot of Priestesses walking through the temple

13. Wide shot of High Priestess circles with lit torch

14. Close up of lit torch

15. Mid shot of High Priestess with lit torch

16. Close up of lit torch

17. Greek giant slalom skier Vassilis Dimitriadis runs towards torch, kneels underneath it

18. Close up of High Priestess' torch being lighting Dimitriadis's torch

19. High Priestess and Dimitriadis holding up torches and with other hands jointly holding an olive branch

20. Dimitriadis holds torch and sprig up in the air, Canadian flag flying

21. Close up of Dimitriadis

22. Priestess lets go of white dove

23. Dove flies through the air

24. Vassilis Dimitriadis starts running with torch

25. Various of Vassilis Dimitriadis running

26. Wide shot of seated audience with Canadian, Greek and Olympics flags flying half mast, ready to be hoisted

27. Audience standing as Olympic anthem plays

28. Canadian and Olympics flags flying

29. Wide shot of gathering

30. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee:

"The Olympic torch and flame are the symbols of the values and ideals which lie at the heart of the Olympic Games. It is a message of friendship and respect to millions of people of different nationalities, races and creeds."

31. Canadian flag flying

32. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Furlong, Vancouver Organising Committee CEO:

"Beginning in Victoria, British Columbia, some 12,000 torch bearers will carry the flame across 45,000 kilometres (27,960 miles) of Canada's stunning geography down highways and byeways, through cities, towns and villages and hamlets, ending at the Olympic stadium in Vancouver."

33. Wide shot of gathering

34. President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Mr Spyros Capralos gives ceremonial bowl to John Furlong

STORYLINE

The flame for the Vancouver Olympics was successfully lit by the sun's rays in an ancient ceremony on Thursday, heralding the start of the torch relay for the 2010 Winter Games.

The sun shone just enough over the fallen temples at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics for a Greek actress in a pagan priestess' white gown and sandals to focus its rays on a silver torch using a concave mirror.

The flame will burn at the Feb. 12-28 Vancouver Games, following a torch relay across Canada and a shorter run in Greece.

Bad weather disrupted the meticulously choreographed ceremony for the last three Winter Olympics - Turin, Salt Lake City and Nagano - and officials had to use backup flames kindled at rehearsals.

In addition to good weather, Thursday's ceremony also benefited from a lack of protesters this time, even though Vancouver relay officials had been worried that activists would be on hand to protest against seal hunting in

Canada.

Ahead of the 2008 Beijing Games, pro-democracy and Tibetan activists protesting China's human rights record unfurled a banner in Olympia's ancient stadium during the lighting ceremony, and tried to stop the torch relay in several cities around the world.

The protests led the IOC to scrap international torch relays, and dozens of police were stationed at the archaeological site Thursday.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said the Olympic torch conveyed a global message "of friendship and respect."

"The Olympic torch and flame are symbols of the values and ideals which lie at the heart of the Olympic Games," Rogge said, as hundreds of spectators looked on from the stadium's grassy banks.

Greek giant slalom skier Vassilis Dimitriadis, 31, was the first torchbearer to run out of the ancient stadium after accepting the flame from Nafpliotou.

After an eight-day journey across Greece, the torch will be handed over to Canadian officials at the restored ancient Panathenaean Stadium in Athens on Oct. 29.

It will reach Canada on Oct. 30 for what organisers say will be the largest ever national relay, starting in Victoria, British Columbia, and involving 12,000 torchbearers.

"Some 12,000 torch bearers will carry the flame across 45,000 kilometres (27,960 miles) of Canada's stunning geography," Vancouver Organising Committee CEO John Furlong said.

Over 106 days, the relay will span Canada, being flown as far north as the Alert forestry station in Nunavut, which at some 800 kilometres (500 miles) from the North Pole is the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the

world.

Although cauldrons were lit during the ancient games, held in Olympia from 776 BC to 394 AD, the torch relay is a modern addition to the Olympics.

It made its first appearance during the 1936 Berlin Games, and its Winter Games debut was at the Innsbruck 1964 Olympics.

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Subjects: Olympic games, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, Winter Olympic games, Summer Olympic games, Alpine skiing, Sports governance, Sports, Olympic games, Events, Skiing
People: Jacques Rogge
Organisations: Canada Olympic Team, Greece Olympic Team
Locations: Canada, Victoria, Greece, Vancouver, North America, British Columbia, Western Europe, Europe
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Canada Oly Torch
Title:
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Summary: Schwarzenegger and Coe carry Olympic torch in Vancouver
Story No: 636877
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/02/2010 19:10 PM
People: Arnold Schwarzenegger
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1. Wide of crowd at Vancouver''s Stanley park

2. Illuminated Olympic rings on barge in harbour

3. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger arriving, mobbed by fans and cameras

4. Placard reading (English) ''The Torchinator''

5. Schwarzenegger carrying torch through crowd

6. Police escort

7. Schwarzenegger at end of his run

8. Fans watching

9. Schwarznegger posing for photos

10. Schwarzenegger walking to car, waving

11. Sebastian Coe, London 2012 chairman with torch

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Sebastian Coe, Chairman, London 2012:

"Great honour and it''s a great thrill, but a big responsibility too, and a lot of attention, but these guys have done a fantastic job and it''s just great to be here."

13. Wide of torch run along sea wall

STORYLINE:

Fans have mobbed California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as he carried the Olympic torch on the final day of the Vancouver Winter Games torch relay.

Hundreds turned out at dawn to cheer Schwarzenegger as he carried the torch through part of Vancouver''s waterfront Stanley Park.

The choice of Schwarzenegger to carry the torch sparked some controversy, as he has admitted past steroid use.

He handed the torch to the chairman of the London 2012 summer Olympic Games, Sebastian Coe.

"It''s a great thrill, but a big responsibility too, and a lot of attention, but these guys have done a fantastic job and it''s just great to be here," Coe said.

Later on, about 150 protesters gathered in the Downtown Eastside area amid hundreds of Olympic fans waiting for a glimpse of the flame.

A dozen mounted police stopped the placard-carrying protesters from surging ahead and confronting the relay. The convoy quickly changed the route and continued.

This is the 106th and final day of the cross-Canada relay.

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Subjects: Winter Olympic games, 2012 London Olympic Games, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, Summer Olympic games, Track and field, State governments, Olympic games, Sports, Olympic games, Events, Sports names, Government and politics
People: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Locations: Vancouver, London, British Columbia, Canada, North America, Geography, England, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe
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Canada Oly Woes
Title:
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Summary: Fence fixed; Cypress Mt tix cancelled; VANOC; barriers near torch, stills
Story No: 637535
Source: AP TELEVISION, CTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 18/02/2010 02:21 AM
People: John Furlong
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CTV - No Access Canada/ Internet

Vancouver - 17 February 2010

1. View of Olympic cauldron observation deck and fence

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Vancouver - 17 February 2010

2. People walking up roof of neighbouring building to new vantage point

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox Pop, Jill Kuo, visitor from China:

"It''s perfect, actually I am so excited because we didn''t expect we could come up here. And we''re probably the first group right? We''re so excited, it''s very close to the torch. It''s very, very good."

4. People watching cauldron from rooftop

5. People taking photographs through a new gap in fence closer to cauldron pan to large Olympic mascots next to fence

6. Wide of cauldron

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Vancouver - 16 February 2010

7. Mid of people taking photographs of Olympic cauldron behind fence

8. Tilt down people standing on top of concrete barrier to take photo over fence

9. Wide of wire fence around Olympic cauldron on waterfront

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Vancouver - 17 February 2010

10. Wide of news conference

11. SOUNDBITE (English) John Furlong, Vancouver Organising Committee (VANOC) Chief Executive Officer:

"It''s been hugely challenging. We have people up there (Cypress Mountain) who''ve basically been on the mountain for a month, and we''ve had to make tough decisions, which we would rather not have had to make, but we''ve had to make them."

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Cypress Mountain - Recent (exact date unknown)

12. Cypress Mountain sign

13. Close of snow falling

14. Truck carting snow on road to Cypress Mountain

15. Snow on road

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Vancouver, 17 February 2010

16. SOUNDBITE (English) John Furlong, Vancouver Organising Committee (VANOC) Chief Executive Officer (responding to reports of criticism in international press):

"I don''t believe it''s true, or fair. But having said that, you know, when we make mistakes and things don''t go well you have to fix them, I mean, we can plan as you might, and we did plan for every eventuality you could imagine."

17. Wide of news conference

18. SOUNDBITE (English) John Furlong, Vancouver Organising Committee (VANOC) Chief Executive Officer:

"As I say, we''ve dealt with things we had not anticipated we''d be dealing with, and we''ve tried to get them out of the way and move on. We have a break in the weather now, so obviously people are happier about that. And of course, we started the Games on Friday with just about the most severe human blow you could have. And as I said at the press conference on that morning, I don''t have the facilities to deal with that, like that. It was a horrible blow. I told my son last night I felt like I''d had a phone call that he''d been killed. It was a horrible thing."

19. Wide of news conference

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Vancouver, Canada - 16 February 2010

20. STILLS: Various of barricade collapsing during concert

STORYLINE:

The head of the Vancouver Olympics made an impassioned defence of the games Wednesday after days of scathing

criticism of the fenced-in flame, ticket cancellations, ice machine breakdowns, weather postponements and other glitches.

John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver organising committee, said problems have been fixed and the games are inspiring euphoria among athletes, spectators and the entire host country.

One of the problems was addressed when Vancouver organisers provided visitors with an unobstructed view of the Olympic cauldron, in a reaction to rising complaints that the flame was inaccessible to the public.

The elevated deck is close enough to the flame that Olympic fans can actually feel the heat when the wind blows in a certain direction.

Organisers also moved a security fence about 20 metres (22 yards) closer to the cauldron, so flame-seekers can now get within about 30 metres (32 yards) of it.

Workers also moved a security fence closer to the cauldron and cut a 15-centimetre (6-inch) high opening along the fence to allow people to take photos from ground level.

The off-limits cauldron and unsightly chain-link fence have been among the heavy criticisms for an Olympics beset by glitches, from warm weather to timing errors at the biathlon.

For the first five days of the games, it was nearly impossible to get an unobstructed, up-close photograph of the flame.

Meanwhile, a surging crowd of Olympic party goers caused a barricade to collapse during a free concert, leaving 19 people injured.

Vancouver officials say that nine people were taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

The barricade gave way on Tuesday night during a set by the Canadian band Alexisonfire at Vancouver''s David Lam Park.

The rest of the concert at Live City Yaletown was called off, along with a fireworks display.

The city said the barricade would be replaced and the venue would reopen on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, improved weather had organisers hopeful that an end may be in sight to the rain, fog and heavy snow that has played havoc with alpine events, casing delays and cancellations.

But officials have still cancelled 28-thousand standing-room tickets worth 1.5 (m) million US dollars at the Cypress Mountain snow boarding venue because fans were slipping through the melting layers of trucked-in snow and through gaps in bales of straw packed below.

"It''s been hugely challenging," Furlong said.

"We''ve had to make tough decisions (about ticketing), which we would rather not have had to make, but we''ve had to make them."

Furlong hit back at Vancouver''s critics, saying much of the criticism of the games was untrue.

"But having said that, you know, when we make mistakes and things don''t go well you have to fix them," he said.

The cancellations and refunds will cost VANOC around 1.4 (m) million US dollars in lost ticket revenue.

Furlong said the death of 21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili on the first day had been a "huge blow."

The International Olympic Committee remain confident that Vancouver organisers are doing their best to deal with the problems as they arise.

Canada Olympic Games

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Subjects: Winter Olympic games, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, Olympic games, Sports
People: John Furlong
Organisations: Canada Olympic Team
Locations: Vancouver, Canada, British Columbia, North America, Geography
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Canada Oly Celebration
Title:
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Summary: Games spectacular turns into medal celebration for locals
Story No: 637154
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 15/02/2010 09:29 AM
People: Alexandre Bilodeau
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1. Wide of crowd

2. Various of Canadian fans celebrating

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox pop, Troy Brasz, Canadian fan:

"It is good you know. It happened. It needed to happen so it happened. They made it happen. It''s good to see."

4. Man makes thumbs up sign next to Canadian medal count sign

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox pop, Joe Glavina , Canadian fan from Vancouver:

"It means a lot to this country. There is a lot of pressure put on the country to win a gold and we did it. It came through you know, freestyle moguls. We really came through."

6. Whistler live sign

7. Professional dancer performing

8. Stunt skiers and snowboarders wearing glow in the dark suits

9. Various of stun skiers and snowboarders jumping through hoops

10. Close of fire on hoops

11. Various of stun skiers and snowboarders jumping through hoops

STORYLINE

Canada celebrated its first Olympic gold medal on home soil after Alexandre Bilodeau finally ended the country''s long wait, winning gold medal with an unlikely victory in the men''s moguls on Sunday night.

In Whistler, the host of the Nordic, alpine and sliding events, hundreds of people had gathered to watch the "Fire and Ice show", a free show put on by the Whistler and Blackcomb resort.

The show turned into a celebration for Bilodeau''s gold medal win with people waving Canadian flags and cheering.

Bilodeau''s victory marks the first time a Canadian has won an Olympic event in the three times the games have been held inside Canada''s borders.

The previous Canadian Olympics were in 1976 in Montreal and 1988 in Calgary.

The Canadian fans will celebrate their country''s first gold medal once again later on Monday, when Bilodeau receives that Olympic gold in a ceremony downtown in Vancouver.

Canada''s first gold brings the medal count up to three, still only half of what medal leader, the United States, has won.

Canada Olympic Games

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Subjects: Men's freestyle skiing, Winter Olympic games, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, Alpine skiing, Celebrity, Snowboarding, Freestyle skiing, Men's skiing, Skiing, Sports names, Sports, Men's skiing, Men's sports, Men's freestyle skiing, Olympic games, Olympic games, Events, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment
People: Alexandre Bilodeau
Organisations: United States Olympic Team, Canada Olympic Team, Organizations
Locations: Vancouver, Canada, British Columbia, North America, Geography
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China Olympics Vancouver
Title:
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Summary: News conference on 2010 Vancouver winter games
Story No: 574324
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/08/2008 10:56 AM
People: Gordon Campbell
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1. Wide of the news conference

2. Cutaway of cameramen

3. SOUNDBITE: (English), Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia:

"We want to make sure that our opening is as emotional and inspirational, I hope it will touch the hearts of Canadians as I believe this opening touched the heart of China and the Chinese people. And I hope it will inspire the world to know a little bit more about Canada and all that we are, and all that we have been and all that we can be as we look to the future"

4. Mid of journalists at news conference

5. SOUNDBITE: (English), Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia:

++PART OVERLAYED WITH CUTAWAY OF JOURNALISTS++

"We're going to provide a secure games but I think we have to remember that the Olympic Games are about people coming together and it's a sporting event. It's not a security event. We want to make sure that we can do that. Obviously we want every international figure that comes to get the kind of support that they need in terms of their security, but we hope that our Olympics will be open to the people of British Columbia and the people of the world, they'll feel safe and they'll feel secure. And certainly, British Columbian Canada will ensure that that takes place."

6. Wide of the end of news conference

STORYLINE:

The Premier of British Columbia said on Tuesday that he hopes that Vancouver's opening ceremony at the 2010 winter Olympics, will be as emotional and inspirational as Beijing's 2008 opening.

Speaking at a news conference in Beijing, Gordon Campbell vowed to provide a Games equally spectacular, safe and environmentally friendly.

"I hope it will touch the hearts of Canadians as I believe this opening touched the heart of China and the Chinese people," Campbell said.

"And I hope it will inspire the world to know a little bit more about Canada and all that we are, and all that we have been and all that we can be as we look to the future, " he added.

When asked about security worries ahead of the event, Campbell said,

"I think we have to remember that the Olympic Games are about people coming together and it's a sporting event. It's not a security event. We want to make sure that we can do that."

"Obviously we want every international figure that comes to get the kind of support that they need in terms of their security, but we hope that our Olympics will be open to the people of British Columbia and the people of the world," he added.

A few days ahead of the start of the Beijing Olympics, Canadian organisers delivered a progress report to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) detailing work done in Vancouver, saying that all but three venues in the city will be completed by the end of this year.

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Subjects: Winter Olympic games, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, Summer Olympic games, Olympic games, Events, Sports
People: Gordon Campbell
Locations: Beijing, Beijing, China
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Canada Olympics Whistler
Title:
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Summary: Resort town of Whistler prepares for start of 2010 Winter Olympics
Story No: 636495
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/02/2010 02:07 AM
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1. Wide of Whistler village with ski lift in foreground

2. Skiers on ski lift

3. Tracking shot of person skiing down Blackcomb mountain

4. Snowboarder going down slope with snow machine in background

5. Various of Whistler Blackcomb Snowmaking Supervisor NaTai Perdue walking with dog through snow

6. Close of Perdue pressing buttons on snow machine

7. Snow making machine starting up

8. Close up of front of machine, pan left to snow spraying out

9. Piste grooming machine going up mountain, seen through snow spray, zoom out

10. Close up of jets of snow spraying out of machine

11. Perdue with dog standing next to snow machine

12. SOUNDBITE (English) NaTai Perdue, Whistler Blackcomb Snowmaking Supervisor:

"It''s a very common question why we need to make snow when Whistler Blackcomb is renowned for getting over 30 feet (9.1 metres) of snow a year and basically it comes down to the density. We really need to provide a solid snow structure for the racers. And like I said, among the bigger things is if the snow is too soft then the racer that goes first will get a great course, the guy last will get a rutted out course, so this way we can say that it''s the same course throughout the whole day."

13. Wide of Whistler town street

14. Close up of beer on table, tilt up to man drinking beer

15. Mid of two men on balcony

16. People walking down street

17. SOUNDBITE (English) Luka Kermelg, Member of Slovenian Olympic Delegation, vox pop:

"The atmosphere is not as it should be because it''s, we are few days till the opening so I think it will get, getting a little bit more crowded and more partying."

18. Close of Vancouver 2010 banner

19. SOUNDBITE (English) Marie Josee Parisien, Spectator from Ottawa, vox pop:

"It''s just, like, really fun. Everybody''s just so nice and you''re meeting, like, everybody. Just people coming up to you and saying ''hey where are you from?'' Like, ''What''s up?'' It''s awesome."

20. Group of police at side of road

21. Wide of Inukshuk Olympic statue

STORYLINE

With only three days to go until the start of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the small Canadian resort of Whistler was putting the finishing touches to its competition venues on Tuesday.

The resort is hosting the Alpine, Nordic and Sliding events.

The lack of snow plaguing the Cypress Mountain venue near Vancouver has not been a problem in Whistler, but the slope preparations have still been going on for months.

Whistler Blackcomb snowmaking supervisor NaTai Perdue has had a busy year trying to get the Olympic slopes up to the standard required by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Whistler has had heavy snowfalls throughout the season, but according to Perdue the snow making machines are necessary in order to achieve the correct density of snow for a major competition.

The snow needs to be dense so the course stays the same from one racer to the next, keeping the competition fair, he said.

With light snow, the first skier of the day would have an unfair advantage over the others.

The resort has used an estimated 400 (m) million litres of water to produce enough high density snow for the Olympic slopes.

In the town of Whistler athletes and spectators were starting to arrive on Tuesday.

The town''s main square was still fairly quiet, but an estimated 20-thousand people are expected to arrive in time for the weekend competitions.

The main event is the men''s downhill skiing on Saturday.

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Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, North America, Geography
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Canada Olympics
Title:
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Summary: A look at venues for the upcoming winter olympics
Story No: 633987
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 20/01/2010 10:33 AM
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1. Wide exterior of Richmond Oval, one of the venues for the Winter Olympics

2. Close up of olympic rings symbol on the exterior of the oval

3. Interior of Richmond Oval

4. Close up of poster of speed skater pan down to ice being treated with machine

5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Magnus Enfeldt, former Speed Skater and Richmond Oval''s Sport/ Venue Planning Manager:

"We need to have the humidity levels in this building as low as possible for the sake of the ice, so the main goal is to keep the same conditions from the first skater to the last skater of every event, that''s utmost importance."

6. Pan inside Richmond Oval

7. Wide of seating for spectators

8. Exterior of Richmond Oval, zoom into sign reading " Richmond Olympic Oval."

9. Pan from flags to picture of curling competitor inside Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Centre

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Name unavailable, Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Centre spokesperson:

"One thing that people don''t know because we are an indoor venue is that the outside environment can have a very positive or negative impact on the field of play. This venue has very extensive heating ventilation and air conditioning system which allows us to control the humidity and the temperature which ultimately leads down to the playing conditions."

11. Pan from seats to floor where media has gathered

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Name unavailable, Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Centre spokesperson:

" Six-thousand spectators coming in, it''s pouring rain, the waters on their jackets and when they sit down in their seats that water is going to go somewhere and so it''s just like being outside, evaporation is going to occur, it is going to go up in the ceiling and its going to start coming back downwards, so this whole system is set up so that water will go outside the field of play, because if the moisture were to hit the ice we would have frosty conditions and that is not very good for the players or the spectators."

13. Wide pan of Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Centre

14. Medium of Sergeant Mike Morin from the Integrated Security Unit

15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sergeant Mike Morin, Integrated Security Unit

"It boils down to information and specific threats and the exchange of intelligence. That is happening on a daily basis, it''s happening with partners nationally and internationally. That event although concerning, hasn''t changed our plans at all, we are keeping on top on threats, specific threats as they become available, as they are communicated to us, but we are very confident that our security plans can really respond to any issue that can surface during the games."

16. Pan up from water to Cypress Mountains

STORYLINE

With less than a month to go, 100 journalists from 14 countries were given a sneak peak at two of the venues for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on Tuesday.

The games will be held from February 12-28 in Vancouver and Whistler.

First stop of the tour was the Richmond Olympic Oval, home to speed skating that will hold approximately 7,600 spectators.

Journalists were also shown the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre which is home to curling.

Heavy rain and unseasonably warm temperatures has caused event organisers some headaches in recent weeks

The rain can affect everything from the snow on the nearby Cypress mountains to the ice inside the Richmond Oval.

Increased rain means more humidity for venues like the Olympic and Paralympic Centre, as well as at Richmond Oval.

"We need to have the humidity levels in this building as low as possible for the sake of the ice," said former speed skater, Magnus Enfeldt, who is also the Sport and Venue Planning Manager for the 2010 Games.

"So the main goal is to keep the same conditions from the first skater to the last skater of every event, that''s utmost importance," he added.

Organisers say they are taking steps to prevent any problems for competitors, such as using dehumidifiers, that pull out moisture from the air and prevent frost.

Frost on the ice affects a skater''s speed and control.

Organisers also warned that spectators had an impact on ice conditions as well.

Water can evaporate from spectators coats into the air and could end up on the ice.

As an added precaution, organisers have set up a staging area for spectators to dry off outside the venues.

" If the moisture were to hit the ice we would have frosty conditions and that is not very good for the players or the spectators," said a spokesperson from Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Centre, which can accommodate 5-thousand spectators.

Unseasonably warm weather and lots of rain, has transformed much of the nearby Cypress mountain from white to green.

The competition venues will officially open on 4 February 4 for athletes to begin training with the games beginning on 12 February.

A huge security operation is already under way and officials say they are ready and prepared.

"It boils down to information and specific threats and the exchange of intelligence," said Sergeant Mike Morin, with the Integrated Security Unit.

"We are very confident that our security plans can really respond to any issue that can surface during the games."

This year''s games will be the largest security operation on Canadian soil in history.

Officials are advising travellers headed to Vancouver, to have extra patience while at the airport.

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Subjects: Winter Olympic games, Skating, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, 2010 Winter Paralympic Games, Curling, Sports media, Speed skating, Olympic games, Disability sports, Paralympic Games, Sports, Olympic games, Events, Winter Paralympic Games, Paralympic Games
Organisations: Canada Olympic Team
Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, North America
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Canada Oly IOC
Title:
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Summary: IOC president on Russian doping, snow fears
Story No: 636346
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 09/02/2010 02:49 AM
People: Jacques Rogge, Dmitry Medvedev
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1. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge entering IOC Executive Board meeting

2. Various of IOC Executive Committee members

3. Close of Rogge

4. Wide of IOC Executive Board meeting

5. Various exteriors of Westin hotel, venue for IOC board meeting

6. Wide of IOC news conference at Main Press Centre (MPC)

7. Media at news conference

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President:

"I understand that people are worried by the numbers, it''s legitimate to be worried. I can say that the IOC, I believe, has shown its preoccupation, too, by speaking to the Minister of Sport, by speaking to the President of the Republic."

9. Mid of news conference

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President:

"I insisted on the need to have a strong action on doping, he (Russian President Dmitry Medvedev) promised that he would raise that, and he was very explicit also in public declarations after that."

11. Wide of news conference

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President:

"We have absolutely no concern whatsoever. Our technicians, together with technicians of the International Ski Federation, went and had a look there (Cypress Mountain). We had a good meeting this morning with the organising committee. There is no concern and there is no Plan B."

13. Wide of news conference

14. Wide of harbour outside Main Press Centre

15. Wide of snow on mountain

16. Olympic rings on barge in harbour

STORYLINE:

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge urged Russia on Monday to get tougher on drug cheats, voicing his concern at the high number of doping cases among Russian biathletes and cross-country skiers.

Just four days before the start of the Vancouver Games, Rogge said he had raised the matter in recent meetings with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Russian sports officials.

"I insisted on the need to have a strong action on doping, he (Russian President Dmitry Medvedev) promised that he would raise that, and he was very explicit also in public declarations after that," Rogge said.

Rogge said it was up to the World Anti-Doping Agency to monitor Russia''s record and compliance with drug rules.

More than half a dozen Russians have been suspended in the past year for using banned blood-boosting drugs.

"I understand that people are worried by the numbers, it''s legitimate to be worried," Rogge told reporters.

The Russians will be under tight scrutiny during the Vancouver Games, where the IOC is conducting a record two-thousand urine and blood tests - 800 more than in Turin four years ago.

Under a testing programme that began last Thursday, athletes are subject to surprise out-of-competition controls at any place and at any time.

Three top Russian biathletes, including five-time Olympic medallist Albina Akhatova and former world champion Yekaterina Iourieva, received two-year suspensions last year after testing positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO.

Russian cross-country skiers Julia Chepalova, Yevgeny Dementiev, Nina Rysina and Natalia Matveeva were also banned for two years for using EPO.

Another cross-country skier, Alena Sidko, was dropped from Russia''s team for the Vancouver Olympics last month for the same offence.

She won a bronze medal in the individual sprint competition at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva was stripped of a silver medal after becoming the only athlete to test positive at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin.

After serving the ban, she is back with the Russian team for the Vancouver Games under her new married name of Olga Medvedtseva.

Under IOC rules adopted since the Turin Games, any athlete receiving a doping sanction of six months or more is automatically banned from subsequent Olympics.

On a separate issue, Rogge said he was not worried about the conditions at Cypress Mountain, where unseasonably warm weather has forced local organisers to truck in and fly in snow for the snowboard and freestyle skiing venue just north of Vancouver.

"We have absolutely no concern whatsoever," Rogge said, adding that International Ski Federation technicians were on top of the situation.

"There is no concern and there is no Plan B," he told reporters.

The venue has been almost bare in recent weeks, with mud at lower levels before contingency plans kicked into high gear in January.

On Monday, trucks and helicopters were still dumping snow onto the mountain in an effort to get venues ready for the games, which open on Friday.

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Subjects: Doping regulations, Cross country skiing, Women's cross country skiing, Women's skiing, 2006 Turin Olympic Games, Winter Olympic games, Olympic games, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, Sports governance, Doping, International organizations, Sports topics, Sports, Skiing, Sports names, Women's skiing, Women's sports, Women's cross country skiing, Olympic games, Events, Government and politics
People: Jacques Rogge, Dmitry Medvedev
Organisations: Russia Olympic Team, Organizations
Locations: Russia, Vancouver, Turin, Eastern Europe, Europe, Geography, British Columbia, Canada, North America, Italy, Western Europe
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Switzerland Olympics
Title:
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Summary: Four cities make cut for 2010 Winter Games
Story No: 348417
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 28/08/2002 04:00 AM
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SHOTLIST:

1. Exterior International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters

2. Close up of Olympic symbol over entrance

3. Wideshot of presser

4. Midshot of presser

5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Francois Carrard, Director-General International Olympic Committee

"The IOC Executive Board has decided to accept today the cities of - I give them in an order which is the order of presentation so please do not deduct any mysterious combinations because this was an order which was drawn - the cities of Vancouver, British Columbia; Salzburg, Austria; Bern, Switzerland, and Pyeongchang, South Korea were accepted as candidate cities to host the 21st winter Olympic Games in 2010."

6. Cutaway

7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Francois Carrard, Director-General International Olympic Committee

"There is no discussion. Again, I think our president is very clear, as soon as this matter came out he immediately decided to investigate, he immediately asked the Ethics Commission to enter, he immediately instructed me and others to investigate everywhere. And so there would be no point to start discussing assumptions of results or whatever as long as we don't know who did what."

8. Cutaway

9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Francois Carrard, Director-General International Olympic Committee

"This was in response to certain rumours saying is the figure skating, as such, in question as a sport. There has never been any proposal to remove it but there were rumours circulating and during this discussion we quite firmly said there is no such proposal and it remains on the sport. And Mr Carrar in anticipation disclosed to us just that figure skating is not being questioned either by the programme commission. We will have the full report by Mr Carrar tonight."

10. Cutaway

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Francois Carrard, Director-General International Olympic Committee

"The IOC Executive Board also decided this morning, on the basis of a report by the Ethics Commission, to propose the exclusion of Mr Hasan. This exclusion will be decided upon by the session in Mexico in November."

12. Cutaway

13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Egon Winkler, chief executive of Austrian 2010 olympic bid

"The fact that Salzburg is among the candidates is fantastic news not only for me but it is also wonderful news for Salzburg and the whole of Austria because I think Olympic winter games have a dimension for the whole country."

Q: Will you be ready?

"We are certainly ready. Up to now we have prepared ourselves very well and I think this is proven by the fact that we are now a candidate city and we will certainly work very hard because we find that now as an obligation to work very hard to convince the members of the IOC in July next year that we are very good."

14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kim Nam-Soo, managing director of Korean 2010 Olympic bid

"I am very pleased and proud of being chosen as a candidate city for the 2010 winter Olympics. We understand Pyeongchang, South Korea has the capability to host the 2010 winter olympics

15. Exterior of IOC headquarters

STORYLINE:

The front-running cities of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Salzburg, Austria, were among four finalists selected on Wednesday in the race for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Bern, Switzerland, and Pyeongchang, South Korea, also made the cut as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board halved the field of eight candidates to a short list of official bidders.

Eliminated from the race were Andorra La Vella, Andorra; Harbin, China; Jaca, Spain, and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The 2010 winner will be selected by the full IOC assembly at its session in Prague, Czech Republic, in July, 2003.

Meanwhile, the IOC confirmed that figure skating would remain in the Olympics despite the judging and fixing scandals which tainted the sport at the Salt Lake City Games.

Director general Francois Carrard said the executive board declared its support for skating to dispel speculation the sport could be kicked out of the games.

Also announced from the IOC's Swiss headquarters, was the decision of the executive board to recommend the expulsion of Indonesian committee member Mohamad "Bob" Hasan.

Hasan, a business partner of former Indonesian strongman Suharto and an IOC member since 1994, is in an Indonesian jail serving a six-year sentence on corruption charges.

The final decision to exclude Hasan must be made by the full session of the IOC, meeting in Mexico in November.

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Subjects: 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, Winter Olympic games, Sports governance, Corruption in sports, Skating, Olympic games, Figure skating, 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games, Events, Sports
Organisations: International Olympic Committee, Austria Olympic Team, Mexico Olympic Team
Locations: Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
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Canada Oly Woes
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Summary: Controversial fence fixed; Cypress Mountain tickets cancelled
Story No: 637497
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Date: 17/02/2010 19:46 PM
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Vancouver - 16 February 2010

1. Mid of people taking photographs of Olympic cauldron behind fence

2. Close of camera taking photograph

3. Tilt down people standing on top of concrete barrier to take photo over fence

4. Wide of wire fence around Olympic cauldron on waterfront

Vancouver - 17 February 2010

5. People walking up roof of neighbouring building to new vantage point

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox Pop, Jill Kuo, visitor from China:

"It''s perfect, actually I am so excited because we didn''t expect we could come up here. And we''re probably the first group right? We''re so excited, it''s very close to the torch. It''s very, very good."

7. People watching cauldron from rooftop

8. People taking photographs through a new gap in fence closer to cauldron pan to large Olympic mascots next to fence

9. Mascots dancing in front of fence

10. People taking photographs through new gap in fence

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox Pop, Dave Monroe, visitor:

"That''s pretty good, it still keeps the security, but at least you can get your camera through there. I think it''s a good compromise."

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox Pop, Kerri Brown, visitor:

"I saw it on the news last night. I thought it would be more removed than this, but it''s better than what it was, I guess, so it''s good."

13. Wide of cauldron

Cypress Mountain - Recent (exact date unknown)

14. Cypress Mountain sign

15. Close of snow falling

16. Truck carting snow on road to Cypress Mountain

17. Snow on road

Vancouver - 16 February 2010

17. SOUNDBITE (English) Caley Denton, Vancouver Organising Committee (VANOC) ticketing chief:

"At the end of the day we just came to the conclusion that it''s just too unstable up there, too unsafe to have people in big numbers walking around the side of the courses."

18. Wide of news conference

19. SOUNDBITE (English) Renee Smith-Valade, Vancouver Organising Committee (VANOC) spokeswoman:

"The snow, we bring it in, and the warm weather comes and it disappears, and we brought it in, and then the snow with the warm wind and it disappears, and they have just kept coming back determined to create a fantastic field of play for those athletes."

20. Wide of news conference

STORYLINE

Vancouver Olympic organisers rushed to alter a controversial fence obscuring the Olympic cauldron on Wednesday, but still faced a series of other setbacks.

The malfunctioning cauldron at the opening ceremony kicked off the troubles, then the weather forced 28-thousand ticket cancellations at Cypress Mountain.

A faulty ice machine at the skating rink didn''t help either - but it was the ugly chain-link fence around the waterfront cauldron that really upset locals and visitors alike.

So early Wednesday morning, the fence was dismantled, and a smaller one built closer to the flame.

The new fence has gaps that let visitors take unobstructed pictures.

Spectators were also allowed to walk up the sloping roof of a building next door for a better view.

The first group allowed up to the new vantage point told AP Television they were happy with the changes.

Wednesday''s better weather has organisers hopeful an end is in sight to the rain, fog and heavy snow that has played havoc with alpine events, casing delays and cancellations.

But officials have still cancelled 28-thousand standing-room tickets at the Cypress Mountain snowboarding venue because fans were slipping through the melting layers of trucked-in snow and through gaps in bales of straw packed below.

"At the end of the day we just came to the conclusion that it''s just too unstable up there, too unsafe to have people in big numbers walking around the side of the courses," said Vancouver Organising Committee (VANOC) ticketing chief Caley Denton.

VANOC spokesman Renee Smith-Valade said nearly 250 staff and volunteers were working around the clock to keep the actual runs at Cypress Mountain ready for competition.

The cancellations and refunds will cost VANOC around 1.4 (m) million US dollars in lost ticket revenue.

But the International Olympic Committee remains confident Vancouver organisers are doing their best to deal with the problems as they arise.

Canada Olympic Games

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Subjects: Winter Olympic games, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, Winter weather, Olympic games, Sports, Olympic games, Events, Weather, General news
Organisations: Canada Olympic Team, Organizations
Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, North America, Geography
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