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All the venues for the 2010 Olympics are complete, and most of them are already hosting championships.

The BC Place sits in the heart of Vancouver. Built 25 years ago for the World's Fair, it's the world's largest air-supported domed stadium, covering 10 acres. The roof is not made of concrete or fiberglass but thick fabric that's even stronger than steel. That fabric allows natural light into the building, saving energy.

The opening and closing ceremonies will take place there. It will be the first time those events have ever been held indoors. Medal ceremonies, of course, also will take place there.

Right across the street sits the primary hockey venue. It's where the NHL's Vancouver Canucks play.

About two hours up the mountains from Vancouver is Whistler. That's where the skiing and snowboarding events will take place, along with ski jumping and Nordic events, luge, skeleton and bobsledding.

Back down in the city sits the Pacific Coliseum, where fans will cheer on ice skaters in events including figure skating, short track and speed skating.

One new structure is the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. It's right on the water, and it's where the media will be stationed during the Games.


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Tom Kirkland


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