What can London 2012 learn from Vancouver? Seb Coe answers your questions

February 25, 2010

OLYMPICS/The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver were hit at the very start by the tragic death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili and for a while the Games struggled to recover, as organisers were faced with problem after problem, from the unseasonably warm weather to transport snarl-ups to scoring problems.

Some even wondered if Vancouver would go on to be called the Worst Games Ever but no one is saying that now, with the action picking up to provide a series of electrifying and heart warming moments while the organisation has settled down.

In fact, Vancouver looks like it will set the bar pretty high for the next Summer Olympics in London in 2012. On Friday, Sebastian Coe, chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, will be talking to Reuters from the Main Press Centre in Vancouver and will address questions including what London can learn from these Games.

Coe, of course, is himself a double gold medal winner, having triumphed in the 1500m in Moscow in 1980 and again in the same event in Los Angeles four years later.

He will be answering questions in a live chat we’ll be hosting here on Friday at 1600 GMT, talking about London’s preparations for the 2012 Olympics and his own Games experience in Vancouver, where he ran with the torch on the day of the opening ceremony (see the photo above).

If you have questions for Coe, please send them in to the Live Blog within this post, or in the comments below, and join us for the chat on Friday — either at this page or at this link — for a first-hand look at how things are going before the Five Ring Circus heads to London.

Kevin Fylan, Vancouver

PHOTO: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) passes the Olympic torch to London 2012 Olympic committee chairman Sebastian Coe in Stanley Park before the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Helgren


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Posted by uberVU – social comments | Report as abusive

London had better brace itself for negative press coverage all round the world. The British media has been dishing it out to all and sundry – Atlanta, Athens and Vancouver. Revenge is a dish best served cold!

Posted by Citiboy | Report as abusive

I have been pretty embarrassed by our poor showing here in Vancouver, Amy Williams aside (i’m afraid her sole success will be used to mask an otherwise dismal showing)
We have pumped a fair bit of money into supporting the summer athletes, tho Canada have shown it’s no guarantee of success here in the winter version, but woeful funding of our winter athletes means we will continue to rank =last in the winter games :*(

Posted by Jezz | Report as abusive

Its to be hoped that the tickets are available to the actual people who want to go and see the olympics, and not all bought up by ticket touts wanting to make a fast buck on them.
It is getting to a stage where the only way you can get a tickets to any gig or big sporting event is to buy them off Ebay for quadruple or even five times the actual face value, which is just plain wrong.
How are you going to ensure that this doesn’t happen when the tickets to the 2012 Olympics go on sale?

Because I can imagine it now, I personally would love to see our opening ceremony but i can see tickets being very limited and sold out within minutes, with no doubt tens of thousands of them going straight on Ebay for 10 to 20 times the actual value, I do not want to pay thousands of pounds for a ticket that should be a fraction of the price.

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive

I am a native of Vancouver but live in London now. The winter games are great and I hope London’s are just as good. Its been a great party these last two weeks with some great sports moments.

A lot of the tickets being scalped are comming from the major sponsors. The sponsors were given too many tickets which aren’t being used. So you either need to know someone who works for a sponsor to get them before they wind up with the scalpers. How are you going to ensure that the tickets for sponsors are used or are released to the public at face value?

The other piece of advice I have is for Seb Coe. He should use the British press as consultants as appearently they can control the weather and organise better games from their offices on the other side of the globe than the Olympic Committees.

Posted by Jon | Report as abusive

… canada is not ranked last in the winter games. (?)

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Can London have more than one Olympic cauldron?
Also can you make the most of island stadium site and have flags arrive by boat? or the flame??
Can we use the Thames river in opening ceremony like
Melbourne did for commonwealth games?

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