Passing the torch
The organizing committees of the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games (Vancouver, Canada) and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games (London, England) are relying on--and applying--the lessons learned from those committees who have realized previous Olympic games, such as those who organized the recent 2008 Summer Olympic Games (Beijing, China). This article discusses how organizers of the upcoming Vancouver and London Olympic games are working with their contractors and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ensure that each Olympics meets the IOC's expectations. In doing so, it overviews the challenges of hosting the Olympics in Vancouver and in London; it discusses the Vancouver committee's effort to develop transportation solutions for hosting the games. Accompanying this article is a sidebar outlining Greenpeace's analysis of how well the organizing committee for the 2008 Beijing (China) Summer Olympic games performed in creating sustainable solutions for hosting the games.