The official debriefing of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games will get underway next week in the future Olympic winter host city of Sochi. The main part of the debriefing will run from 7 to 10 June. Organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the debrief will see the staff of the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee (VANOC) sharing their knowledge and experience with representatives from London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and the three applicant cities for the Games in 2018. This, its sixth edition, will continue the IOC’s commitment to ensuring that future Games organizers are able to benefit from the experience and lessons of past organizers by providing a forum for the exchange of Games-related knowledge.
The debrief will be split into three different parts. The first part, of three days from 3 to 5 June, will focus exclusively on the technological aspects of the Games in Vancouver. The second part, from 7 to 10 June, will look at all other aspects of the Games organization and will include a combination of plenary sessions, functional area workshops and sessions that look at the needs of the different Games stakeholders. The final element of the debrief will be a special extension to the program on 11 June, specifically for workshops devoted to the Paralympic Games.
The debrief sessions will look at all manner of Games-related subjects, including areas such as athlete services, the environment, sustainability, spectator experience, press operations, ceremonies, transport and accommodation. These subjects amongst a host of others will allow future organizers to gain a better understanding of how the Vancouver team operated in these areas, and how they might be able to adapt those lessons to their own Games context.