Posted by: PPHR | March 22, 2010

Mayor Ken Melamed reflects on 2010 Winter Games success – Melamed said 2010 Winter Games exceeded wildest imaginations

As the first Paralympic Games to take place on Canadian soil finish, Mayor Ken Melamed said the entire 2010 Winter Games exceeded his expectations.

Melamed said all the years of planning to host the Games were well worth it.

From carrying the Paralympic Flame to handing out flowers at Whistler’s first Paralympic Victory Ceremony, Melamed said the Games were a defining moment for Whistler.

“Whistler was so fortunate to be able to host something like the Paralympics. There have been a number of special moments in the last 10 days,” Melamed said.

Highlights for Melamed included watching Canada receive its first gold meal on home soil and recognizing community partners like the Four Host First Nations at various receptions.

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) was purposeful in articulating a strategic plan and descriptions of success and according to Melamed, the Games ‘exceeded our wildest imaginations.’

“We have been left with the sense that we can do what we set our minds to. Not just a good job but an extraordinary job,” Melamed said. “It has been an unbelievable time here in Whistler and as Canadians we allowed ourselves to feel national pride.”

Whether it was watching athletes achieve the impossible or simply taking in the vibe of Whistler Village, Melamed said ‘you had to be here to experience the magic.’

“Not a lot of people have the opportunity to attend an Olympic or Paralympic Games. It’s not the same as seeing it on television. The feeling and energy is so much stronger,” Melamed said. “We need to celebrate the success.”

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