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如何观看温哥华冬残奥会?

2010年03月07日 来源:中国残疾人网

The Winter Games are over but Olympic fever continues in Vancouver, B.C., with the Paralympic Games, opening Friday, March 12.

The Paralympic Games could offer a slightly less busy, and more affordable, way to enjoy Olympic activities north of the border.

"It's more of an accessible thing for people to come to, in terms of money and space," said Emily Armstrong of Tourism Vancouver. "It's a pretty good deal if they didn't get to come during the Olympics."

Here are some tips about what to expect for the Paralympic Games.

When do the Paralympic Games take place??

The opening ceremony will be 6 p.m. Friday, March 12, at B.C. Place. The closing ceremony will be March 21 at the Whistler Medals Plaza.

What events are being held??

Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey, and wheelchair curling. For ice sledge hockey, players sit on a two-bladed sled and have two double-ended sticks, one with a pick to propel themselves on the ice and another to hit the puck.

How can I get tickets??

U.S. ticket merchant CoSport is sold out of tickets, but you can buy them at the box offices in Vancouver once the games start. Tickets also are available by phone. Call (925) 798-8100 for details.

What do tickets cost??

For the opening ceremony, prices range from $30 to $175. Tickets for skiing events are $15. Ice sledge hockey tickets are $20 to $50, and wheelchair curling tickets are $15 to $30. All prices are in Canadian currency.

Are there related events to attend??

The Cultural Olympiad will run until March 21, offering art, theater and music for visitors. LiveCity Downtown, on Georgia Street between Cambie and Beatty streets, offers big-screen TVs to watch events and a variety of performers. Robson Square, on Robson Street between Horny and Howe streets, includes a free ice rink, performances, and a zip line over the square.

Whistler Live!, located in Whistler Village's pedestrian-only core, offers music, dance and art.

Also, the Vancouver Art Gallery will offer free admission during the games, and visitors can see the Olympic cauldron in Coal Harbour, next to Vancouver Convention Centre.

Will the pavilions still be there??

Some will remain open, including Canada's Northern House, Pride House Vancouver, CentrePlace Manitoba, Mint Pavilion and Canada Pavilion 2010.

Are local athletes competing in the Paralympics??

There is no one from Whatcom County, but Washington is represented by Mark Bathum of Seattle on the alpine skiing team, and Sean Halsted of Spokane is the cross-country skiing team.

Are the venues the same??

Wheelchair curling will take place at Vancouver Paralympic Centre, formerly the Vancouver Olympic Center. Ice sledge hockey will be held at UBC Thunderbird Arena. Alpine skiing will occur at Whistler Creekside, and biathlon and cross-country skiing will take place at Whistler Paralympic Park.

Visa cards and Canadian currency are the only accepted methods of payment at the venues.

What about transportation and parking??

There will be no parking at Paralympic venues during the games, and there will be limited parking near Whistler.

The Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler will be open during the Paralympic Games, and permits will not be required, although carpooling is recommended. SkyTrain and other public transportation are recommended for travelers and will likely be less cramped during the Paralympics.

The Olympic Line streetcar is still running to Granville Island.

How busy are they compared to the Winter Games??

There will be fewer people and fewer events, making Vancouver less busy, which should help with hotel availability and waits at restaurants.

Where can I get more information?

For details, see vancouver2010.com and tourismvancouver.com.

Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/03/05/1097659/whats-going-on-during-the-paralympics.html#ixzz0hPpxufIK

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