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Athletes’ village may be Games’ biggest legacy

Sustainability built into every aspect of Whistler facility



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Inside the municipally-funded athletes' village there is also the Rona High Performance Centre, which includes a gymnasium and office space in one building, a 100-room lodge and several townhouses.

The high performance centre, which was largely funded by VANOC, will be owned by the Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies Society following the Paralympics.

The Whistler Gymnastics Club and the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program will be based out of and heavily involved in the operation and utilization of the high performance centre following the Games.

The 100-room Legacy Lodge will house 200 athletes during the Olympics and is built from the same BRITCO-supplied modules as the temporary housing.

Following the Games the lodge will be used by athletes at all kinds of sporting events in Whistler and is expected to greatly reduce the number of rooms that hotels have to provide for events such as the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival, Crankworx and other events.

"It is designed to encourage athletes and teams to spend time in Whistler - all sports, all athletes," said Keith Bennett, the resident and CEO, Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies.

The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program is also expected to expand substantially as it gains new resources following the Paralympics. The growth will include more participants as well as new sports and will reach people with physical and cognitive disabilities.