www.olympic.orgOLYMPIC REVIEW53Salzburg Festival, attended by millions and recognisedworld-wide as an annual pinnacle of musical and theatrical artistry.?A low-risk Games plan of logistical efficiency with 8 of11 venues already existingand experienced at hostingworld class events, with 10 of 11 venues aligned along theA1 or A10 autobahns or Salzburg's extensive rail network,which together comprise one of Europe's finest alpinetransportation infrastructures.? The ability of the organising committee to concentrateon the experience of every guestat the Games, from theathletes and spectators to the media and the worldwidetelevision audience. With its existing venues andinfrastructure and a capital venue construction programmeof less than USD200 million, one of the lowest on record,Salzburg can concentrate on creating a magical WinterGames experience for every guest. ? Salzburg's ability to draw sell-out crowdsfor wintersports events is well established. In fact, in the 2005/2006winter sports season, nine winter events at venues within a50-mile radius of Salzburg set records by selling more than375,000 tickets in six weeks. Over the past 20 years, wintersports events in Austria have drawn more than 10 millionfans, in a nation of only eight million people. Thesepassionate and knowledgeable spectators are drawn fromover 150 million inhabitants who live within an 800km radiusof the city. ? Snow venues surrounded by alpine villagesand towns that share the enchanting heritage of a 100-yearlong tradition of winter hospitality, each a distinctcelebration centre ready to welcome the world with open arms each within walking distance of thecompetition arenas. Salzburg is confident it can achieve this vision anddeliver a magical experience for every guest. After all, ithas been preparing to host the Games since 1995. As ithas been building its venues and infrastructure over time,Salzburg has the advantage of making the guestexperience the driving priority of its organisational effort. If it is successful in delivering this level of magic,Salzburg will aim to elevate the Olympic brand worldwide,restoring a high-note of magic to the prestige of the Olympic Movement and thereby strengthening the globalcause of sport. ?
2014CANDIDATECITY54OLYMPIC REVIEWMOTIVATION FOR SELECTINGKEY INFRASTRUCTURETo achieve its vision, Salzburg based its selection ofvenues, villages and infrastructure on the principles ofunity, athlete comfort and convenience, transportsystem alignment, logistical efficiency and lowenvironmental impact through existing and temporaryfacilities. With the distinct advantage of having bid forthe 2010 Winter Games, Salzburg was able to takethe IOC 2010 Evaluation Commission Report as ablueprint for improving its new plan. By following theIOC's guidance and reconfiguring its venue selection,Salzburg 2014 was able to eliminate the longdistances that so often separate Olympic ice andsnow events and ensure ease of access by aligningall but two of its venues along the high capacitycorridors of the A1 and A10 Autobahns or rail lines.In simplifying its vision, the Salzburg team hascreated a highly compact plan with two villages in theheart of two major venue clusters that are only 40minutes apart with the sliding events basically inbetween. By grouping the ice events in the city and the snow events in the mountains andstrategically placing its villages near the centre ofeach cluster, Salzburg was able to create a plan withaverage village-to-venue travel times of 12 minutesfor all competitors. The entire plan is only 55 minutesend-to-end and offers the Olympic Family the mostcompact setting for the Winter Games of the lastthree decades. In striving for the ultimate WinterGames model, the Olympic Village in Salzburg is largeenough at 4,500 beds, to unify all the athletes in onelocation. The second Snow Village in the mountains ata minimum of 1,600 beds provides completeconvenience for the competitors who prefer to stayclose to their competition venues. The overalldimension of the plan makes it possible to have asingle Medals Plaza for all Olympians in the heart ofthe city in a dramatic architectural platform that spans the Salzach River. Driven to host a Games with a minimalenvironmental impact, Salzburg emphasised existingvenues in its selection. Eight out of the 11 venuesselected (73%) currently exist and many regularlyhost major events on the world cup circuit.Recognising the critical importance of consolidatingmedia operations, Salzburg also chose to place itsMain Media Centre at the Salzburg Messezentrum,located in the Olympic Ice Park (a venue precinct) and ranks as one of the leading exhibition and tradeshow facilities in Austria. ?RightA map showing the proposedlocations of the venues in2014 OlympicWinter GamesCandidate CitySalzburg