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."
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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