Oval to mark Olympic and Paralympic anniversary

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:11 PST, Tue January 28, 2020

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

A decade ago the eyes of the world were on Richmond.

As a venue city and host venue for 12 medal events at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Richmond Olympic Oval was abuzz with excitement that memorable February during the long track speed skating competitions.

As a community we welcomed the world, sang the national anthem on the Canada Line with passion, carried the torch through Richmond and collectively ignited a flame of Canadian pride that has been burning strong ever since.

“In the 10 years since Canada proudly united wearing the maple leaf, the Richmond Olympic Oval has become a living legacy of the games,” said City of Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “During the Olympic Games, the Oval hosted 12 long track speed skating events and since then has become a true sport and fitness destination that is a lasting legacy for the Olympic Games, our country, and our community.”

Today, the Richmond Olympic Oval features facilities for sports like basketball, climbing, volleyball, hockey, rowing, table tennis, hockey and more. Athletes at every stage of their sport and fitness journey come to the Oval from across BC, Canada and around the world to learn, train, push their limits and exceed their goals.

To celebrate this historic anniversary, the Richmond Olympic Oval is hosting a three-day celebration of all things sport and all things Winter Olympic Games from Friday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, Feb. 23. 

Activities will include public skating, admission to the Richmond Olympic Experience, Canada versus U.S. women's para ice hockey exhibition games, speed skating demonstrations, and autograph signings with Canadian Olympians. Along with that will be photo opportunities on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Podium complete with replica torch and medals, figure skating shows by Connaught Figure Skating Club, an activity area previewing the upcoming CARHA Hockey International World Cup Kids Zone, and much more.

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Friday, Feb.  21 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

5 p.m.—Public skate

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.—Admission to the Olympic Experience

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.—CARHA Hockey World Cup activity and kids zone

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.—Canadian Olympic Athlete autograph sessions

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.—Olympic Podium photos

5:45 p.m.—Appearance from Canucks mascot Fin

6 p.m.—Connaught Figure Skating showcase


Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—Admission to the Olympic Experience

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—CARHA Hockey World Cup activity and kids zone

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—Canadian Olympic Athlete autograph sessions

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—Olympic Podium photos

11 a.m.—Connaught figure skating showcase

12:30 p.m.—Short track speed skating races

1:15 p.m.—Public skate

3 p.m.—Women’s National Para Ice Hockey, Canada versus U.S. game


Sunday, Feb. 23: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—Olympic Podium photos

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—CARHA Hockey World Cup activity and kids zone

11 a.m.—Women’s Para Ice Hockey, Canada versus U.S. game

12:30 p.m.—Connaught figure skating showcase

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