OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart was joined by Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek Jr., IOC President Jacques Rogge and John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) at the first of two ceremonies to mark one year to go in the countdown to the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The speakers made their presentations to spectators in Whistler near the OMEGA Countdown Clock which showed 366 days – one year and one day – to go before the Opening Ceremony begins.
There were cheers as the clock reached 365 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds.
Urquhart, Hayek, Rogge, and Furlong were joined by British Columbia Premiere Gordon Campbell and the mayor of Whistler, Ken Melamed along with some popular Canadian athletes who had distinguished themselves at previous Winter Olympic Games.
On the 12th of February, a ceremony will be held in Vancouver as the OMEGA Countdown Clock in that city reaches the 365-day, 0 hours, 0 minutes and zero seconds milestone.
OMEGA will be the Official Timekeeper at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will be the 24th time the Swiss watch company has assumed the role.
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