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13 February 2009

Minus one year and counting!


As the OMEGA Countdown Clock reached exactly 365 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes and 0 seconds. spectators cheered at a ceremony celebrating one year to go before the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

On hand for the festivities were OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart and Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek Jr. who were joined by Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC and John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).


Mr. Rogge commented on OMEGA’s role in the development of sports timekeeping, describing the Swiss company as “a source of enormous confidence for the IOC and the organisers of the Olympic Games.” He also commented on the warmth of the people in British Columbia and the beauty of the host cities.


Nick Hayek Jr. presented a ceremonial version of the Olympic bell, used to announce the final lap in long competitions, to VANOC CEO John Furlong. The two executives made brief comments to the spectators and expressed confidence that the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games would meet or exceed all expectations.


Before the presentation ceremony ended, Furlong, Hayek, and Urquhart posed with Jacques Rogge in front of the OMEGA Countdown Clock. The opening ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games will take place on the 12th of February, 2010 and the sporting competitions will begin the following day.