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. Organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the debrief will see the staff of the Vancouver 2010 Organising 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 organisers are able to benefit from the experience and lessons of past organisers 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 organisation 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 programme on 11 June, specifically for workshops devoted to the Paralympic Games.
All Manner of Subjects
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 organisers 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.
The Vancouver 2010 Debrief is a key part of a much larger transfer of knowledge programme run by the IOC called Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM). Set up during the preparations for the Sydney Games in 2000, OGKM is an integrated platform of services and documentation which assists Games organisers in their preparations; lets them evaluate their progress and success; and helps to define the future of the Games. The OGKM programme includes a number of different tools and services that organisers can draw upon, and these include a Games observer programme, expert workshops, technical manuals, a Games evaluation process, an extranet and a secondee programme. OGKM aims to help bid cities and Organising Committees develop their own vision and understand how a host city and its citizens can benefit from the long-lasting impact of the Games, while managing the opportunities and risks that such an event produces.