Vancouver Olympics declared debt-free

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The Closing Ceremony for the Vancouver Olympics took place on February 28th, 2010, but only now can those Games be officially declared over.

The Vancouver Operating Committee (VANOC) has published its final report on the finances and operations of the 2010 Winter Olympics, showing that they broke even on the operating budget of CAD 1.9 billion (approximately USD $1.8 billion).

The report stated that the Canadian federal government, the British Columbia government and the International Olympic Committee all assisted in covering the tab. Contributions from ticket sales and licensing and merchandising also helped put the Vancouver Olympics in the black.

The CEO of VANOC, John Furlong, told CBC News:

We made commitments in the name of the country, we made commitments to the IOC and we made commitments to the Canadian public that we would deliver the Games in the black and so we set out to do that.

I look at our situation and think we are a very good model of how to do these events. This is, to me, very good for the Canada brand of being reliable, being trustworthy, keeping your promises, being on time and on budget, being responsible about the things that really matter to the public.

In other Vancouver legacy news, the full-size costumes of the mascots Quatchi, Miga and Sumi have been removed from display at the Museum of Vancouver, reports The Province. Fans off the cuddly sasquatch, sea bear and animal guardian spirit will not be able to see the set at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, either, as the costumes are also in storage there. A third set of costumes is at the IOC in Switzerland.

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From left: Sumi, Miga and Quatchi

Maureen Douglas, who headed the mascot program during the Vancouver Olympics, said that most of the mascot costumes didn’t survive past the Games.

We had 20 sets of mascot costumes (Quatchi, Miga and Sumi in each set), and most of those (less the three sets for museum/archive purposes) were destroyed shortly after the Games to guard against inappropriate use, ambush marketing and other such concerns.

Spokespeople for both the Museum of Vancouver and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame said the mascots would return to display in the future.

Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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