Vancouver Gears Up for the Winter Games

Athletes, journalists and tourists are flocking to Vancouver for the Olympics... and Vancouver is ready.

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Athletes, journalists and tourists are flocking to Vancouver for the Olympics. Here US speed skater Shani Davis trains in preparation for the games, which begin Friday February 12 and can be seen on NBC.
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But first Davis takes a breather at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Vancouver.
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Wide awake now, Shani Davis puts on his skates for his training session.
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Figure skaters are hitting the ice, too, leaving track marks in their wake as they practice. The master behind these loops and swirls is the Czech Republic's Michal Brezina. This can mean only one thing...
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Bring on the Zambonis! Ice resurfacing machines prepare the ice for the figure skaters.
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Japan's Ayuko Ito gets a stretch assist during a practice for the short track skaters.
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The French speed skating team are a blur as they round a corner during practice at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver.
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The Netherlands' speed skaters Sven Kramer and Wouter Olde Heuvel take part in a training session as preparations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics continue.
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The Richmond Olympic Oval in Vancouver is home to the speed skating events -- and practices.
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Fans and tourists write notes in support of the Olympians on the Cheering Message Board in Vancouver.
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Figure skating Olympic medalists Katarina Witt, of Germany, and Elizabeth Manley, of Canada, take part in a fun skate. Witt and Manley finished first and second respectively in women's figure skating at the 1988 Calgary Games.
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A sculpture in the Cultural Olympiad exhibit in downtown Vancouver provides a fun, if unlikely, spot for vistors to play.
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U.S. speedskater Chad Hedrick arrives for a press conference ahead of the winter games.
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And U.S. speedskater Jennifer Rodriguez snaps a photo of her team mates during the press conference.
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A store displays some Olympic wear, including the <a href="/around-town/fashion/The-Rush-on-the-Red-Mittens-83585397.html" target="_blank">ubiquitous red mittens</a> that feature the Olympic rings and Canadian maple leaf.
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Restaurants are also getting in on Olympic promotion, like with this "go Italy" message painted onto a window.
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Not everyone in Vancouver is excited about the games. A sticker with an anti-Olympic message is posted on a mascot. Protestors have said they will be peaceful as they make their voices heard. "We are absolutely a threat to the games," Harjap Grewal of the Olympic Resistance Network said. "We are not a threat to the public."
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While the East Coast of the US has gotten pounded by snowstorms, Vancouver has had an unseasonably warm winter. Trucks have had to carry snow to Cypress Mountain, a venue for freestyle skiing and snowboard.
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Helicopters have also been called in to carry snow to the mountain.
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Volunteers have been on-hand to shape the freestyle skiing venue at Cypress Mountain. Bales of straw have been used to help shape the slopes.
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Workers have no easy task as they shovel the incoming snow.
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Canadian officials James Moore, Gordon Campbell, Gregor Robertson, and Michael Chambers (L-R) provide a welcome as warm as the weather to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, at center.
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A clock counts down to the start of the Winter 2010 Olympic Games -- Feb. 12 -- in Vancouver.
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People are flocking to Canada for the games. Here a plane landing at Vancouver Airport is spotted through the giant Olympic Rings on display.
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Security has beefed up in preparation for the Olympics. Here police officers search a vehicle outside a hotel in Vancouver.
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Here a worker walks by a projection of the Olympic rings on a fountain in the Main Press Center as the city prepares for the upcoming Olympic Games.
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To be sure everything sparkles, window washers keep things clean in Vancouver. Craig Sinclair, with Courtesy Window Cleaners, checks his reflection as he works.
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Nice work! A window in the Main Press Center provides the perfect foreground to a set of illuminated Olympic rings in Vancouver Harbor beyond.
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At night illuminated rings glow to signal the coming games.
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In hopes of getting a practice run in, a Canadian athlete stands next to a worker fixing the ice at the starting line of the luge track at the sliding center.
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A construction worker walks between Olympic banners as preparations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics continue.
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Workers install fences outside Canada Place Stadium where Opening Ceremony will be held on Feb 12.
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