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