A spectacular fusion of sports timekeeping technology and public art was unveiled on 12 February 2007 at a public ceremony celebrating the three-year countdown to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Vancouver 2010 Countdown Clock, presented by Omega, Official Timekeeper, marks the three-year countdown to the Opening Ceremony on 12 February 2010.
A unique landmark in Vancouver
The landmark sculpture stands more than six metres high and three metres wide and weighs over 1,100 kilograms (approximately 2,600 lbs). Two Omega electronic displays count down the hours, minutes and seconds remaining until the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Games. Omega, Vancouver 2010, government officials and Olympic and Paralympic athletes revealed the permanent structure at the corner of Hornby and Georgia Streets in downtown Vancouver in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Stephen Urquhart, President of Omega, said “It is a great honour and privilege to return to Canada as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games after Montreal in 1976 and Calgary in 1988. Omega’s history is studded with significant milestones and achievements, but our participation in the Olympic Movement must stand out as the most meaningful, together with our role in the landing on the moon.”
John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), said “The spectacular Vancouver 2010 Countdown Clock serves as a compelling reminder that the 2010 Games are quickly approaching. It represents the fundamental importance of timekeeping at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will also become a unique landmark in our city, creating a lasting legacy, a meeting place, for all residents and visitors to enjoy. We are thrilled to have Omega as part of our VANOC family and look forward to counting the seconds together to the start of Canada’s Games.”
The clock design was inspired by both the natural and urban surroundings of Vancouver and Whistler, bringing together both man-made and indigenous natural materials. The large structure sits on cast concrete blocks and is constructed of cedar, glass and stainless steel, showcasing two electronic clocks. One side of the clock marks the countdown to the start of the XXI Olympic Winter Games on 12 February 2010 and the other side displays the countdown to the X Paralympic Winter Games, which open on 12 March 2010.
Omega, a long-time partner
The Vancouver 2010 Countdown Clock underlines the key role of Omega as Official Timekeeper to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Beginning in Los Angeles in 1932, Omega has delivered the official results at 22 Olympic Games to date, including 11 Olympic Winter Games, most recently at the Torino 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As Official Timekeeper, Omega assures the accuracy of scoring and competition results, and ensures that results are delivered promptly to the public at the venues and through broadcast, print and online media to audiences around the world.
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