As the 2010 Winter Games came to a close yesterday, Mayor Gregor Robertson thanked the people of Vancouver for all of their work in hosting an incredible Olympics and Paralympics.
"The people of Vancouver deserve enormous thanks and recognition for all of their work in hosting the world for the Winter Games," said Mayor Robertson. "This was the biggest event in our country’s history, and it was a massive success.
"Thank you Vancouver for your dedication, your patience, your graciousness, and most of all your enthusiasm for hosting the 2010 Winter Games."
Mayor Robertson highlighted the success of the Paralympics, which started just days after the Olympics finished, as an example of the hard work of the people of Vancouver.
"To host two major sporting events back to back like we did with the Olympics and Paralympics, and make both of them a success, is an incredible achievement," said Mayor Robertson. "Our City came right off the Olympic high and went straight into hosting the most successful Paralympics ever: the most watched Paralympics in history, record ticket sales, and Canada had its best Winter Paralympic result yet.
"The athletes inspired us, the thousands of volunteers did an unbelievable amount of work, and the people of Vancouver were gracious, energetic hosts – they all deserve an enormous thank you."
With the Games now over, the City is capitalizing on the momentum and lessons learned from hosting the Olympics and Paralympics, said the Mayor. A motion from Mayor Robertson to expand on the different legacies of the Games, including transportation, arts and culture, and volunteerism, comes to council on Tuesday. The motion can be viewed at
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