The IOC honoured broadcasters for theiroutstanding coverage of the Vancouver2010 Olympic Winter Games at thebiennial Olympic Golden Rings ceremony inLausanne. This year, 42 film clips from 13countries were judged by an internationaljury, with the winners receiving their prizesat The Olympic Museum in the presence ofIOC President Jacques Rogge. Members ofthe IOC Radio and Television Commissionwere also in attendance, along withrepresentatives from the rights-holdingbroadcasters, the Organising Committeesfor the Olympic Games in Vancouver,London and Sochi, International Federationsand the city of Lausanne.Gold, silver and bronze trophies wereawarded in four categories: Best OlympicFeature, Best Athlete Profile, Best OlympicProgramme, and Best Sports Coverage bythe Host Broadcaster. NBC was the big win-ner of the evening, striking gold in The BestOlympic Feature category for "Discovery,"the broadcaster's introduction to theVancouver Games on the night of theOpening Ceremony, before taking top hon-ours in the Best Athlete Profile category fora piece on Norwegian Alpine skiier AkselLund Svindal. China's CCTV won the TheBest Olympic Programme category for theircoverage of pair figure skaters Shen Xueand Zhao Hongbo, while "Ice Hockey" wasnamed Best Sports Coverage by HostBroadcaster OBSV.Created in 1976, the Olympic GoldenRings is a prestigious international contestthrough which the IOC seeks to promoteand recognise excellence in televisionbroadcasting of the Olympic Games. Thecontest is organised every two years, onthe occasion of the Summer and WinterGames, under the aegis of the IOC Radioand Television Commission.BelowPresident Rogge addresses theguests at the ceremony in Lausanne SUMMARY OF AWARDS (Title/ Director/ Producer)The Best Sports Coverage by the HostBroadcasting Organisation (OBSV):Gold:Ice Hockey/Brian Douglas/PaulHemming, John Szpala (CTV)Silver: Alpine/ Brian Douglas, UrsulaRomero/ Beni Giger (SGR)Bronze: Cross Country/ Henry Mok,Kalevi Uusivuori/ Tapani Parm (YLE)The Best Olympic FeatureGold:NBC "Discovery"/ DickEbersol, Mark Levy, BrianBrownSilver:Nine Network Australia "Last Man Standing"/Paul O'Doherty/Alex RollsBronze:Eurosport "Olympic Magazine"/Christian SeychalThe Best Athlete ProfileGold:NBC "Aksel LundSvindal"/Dick Ebersol, MarkLevy, Phil Parrish, Matt AllenSilver:ZDF "Alexandre Bilodeau"/Susanne Simon/ Anke ScholtenBronze:Record TV Network Brazil"Domingo Espetacular"/ Isabella Gubert,Julio Frascino/ Douglas TavolaroThe Best OlympicProgrammeGold:CCTV China "ShenXue and Zhao Hongbo"/Jiang Heping, Fang Gang, Yu Jie, Yu Bu/Ran MengmingSilver:NBC "XXI Olympic WinterGames"/Dick Ebersol, David Neal/ Bucky GuntsBronze:Nine Network Australia "OlympicWinter Games"/ Steve Crawley, LesleyTapsall, Tim Cleary, Alex Rolls/ShaneStreet, Gary Newnham'VANCOUVER2010' GOLDENRINGSCEREMONYSPORTANDENVIRONMENTCONFERENCE The IOC, in partnership with the United NationsEnvironment Programme (UNEP) and the QatarOlympic Committee, will hold the 9th WorldConference on Sport and the Environment from30 April to 1 May 2011 in Doha, Qatar. Under thetheme "Playing for a Greener Future", theConference will assess the Movement'senvironmental success stories; reflect on futurechallenges; and explore opportunities tomainstream the environment in the world of sport. Some of the questions to be discussed are:"How can the Olympic Movement contribute tothe achievement of the Millennium DevelopmentGoals which also relate to environmentalsustainability?", "How can sporting role modelsconvey environmental messages at nationallevel?" and "Which inspiring solutions to globalenvironmental issues can be offered by the world of sport?". A highlight will be the presentation of the2011 IOC Sport and Environment Awards, whichrecognise outstanding initiatives in the field ofsustainable sport and environment. The deadlinefor nominations is 31 January 2011. TheConference comes at a strategic moment, justahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012(www.earthsummit2012.org) and the OlympicGames in London, which have sustainability atthe heart of their preparations. It will bringtogether representatives from the sportscommunity, environmental organisations,universities, governments, intergovernmentalorganisations and the business world.Please visit www.olympic.org to learn more.AboveThe Richmond Oval in Vancouver wasdesigned with environmental concerns in mindOLYMPIC REVIEW15
16OLYMPIC REVIEWOlympic Orders were delivered by IOCmember Lambis V. Nikolaou to four Greekpersonalities in Athens in June for theirparticularly distinguished contribution to theOlympic Movement. Freddy Serpieris,Yannis Theodorakopoulos and GeorgiosAndreadis received their Olympic Ordersduring a ceremony at the inauguration ofthe 50th Session of the InternationalOlympic Academy on the hill of Pnyxopposite the Acropolis. Yannis Sgouros, thePrefect of Athens, also received an OlympicOrder the previous day.Freddy Serpieris, an equestrian athlete,was a member of the Hellenic OlympicCommittee for 14 years and its 2nd Vice-President for four years and served asPresident of the International OlympicAcademy from 1993 to 1997. Yannis Theodorakopoulos has coveredseven Olympic Summer Games and twoeditions of the Winter Games as a sportsjournalist, served on the Executive Board ofthe European Sports Press Union and wasVice-President of the International SportsPress Association (AIPS) from 2001 to2009. Sailer Georgios Andreadis took partin the Olympic Games in Mexico City in1968 and Montreal in 1976 and also actedas Team Leader for the Greek OlympicSailing Team in Moscow in 1980.Andreadis held several positions within theInternational Yachting Racing Union (IYRU),now the ISAF, of which he has been Vice-President since 1998. The Olympic Order is the highest awardof the Olympic Movement, created by theInternational Olympic Committee in 1974. Above IOC member Lambis V. Nikolaou(left) with Yannis Sgouros, the Prefect of Athens; Below (left to right)MrNikolaou with Georgios Andreadis, ISAFVice-President; former President of theInternational Olympic Academy FreddySerpieris and sports journalist YannisTheodorakopoulos Representatives of more than 200 NOCsmet with their sports ministers during thefirst World Olympic Sport Convention,organised by ANOC (Association ofNational Olympic Committees) on 23October in Acapulco, Mexico.The discussions concentrated ontopics of common interest such as thefight against doping; Olympic education;women and sport, sport and socialdevelopment; and the training of high-level athletes. Maintaining a cooperativeand productive relationship between theOlympic Movement and public authoritiesis critical in all these areas, a fact whichwas emphasised by IOC PresidentJacques Rogge during his speech at theOpening Ceremony."Our goal is a mutually beneficialrelationship that advances our sharedgoals", he said. He elaborated on the keyopportunities and challenges: "Sport is amagnet for young people, and it can beused to deliver important messages aboutvalues and health - in schools andbeyond. We can use sport to encouragephysical activity and to educate youngpeople about the dangers of HIV/AIDSand how to prevent it. We also have amutual interest in fighting the scourge ofdoping and irregular betting. Both aredirect attacks on the integrity and valuesof sport." OLYMPICORDERSAWARDEDINGREECEFIRSTWORLDOLYMPIC SPORTSCONVENTIONBelowMore than 240,000 people answered thecall for London 2012 volunteersVOLUNTEERSPUTTHEIRHANDSUPOver 240,000 people have applied to beLondon 2012 Games Makers,volunteering at the Olympic andParalympic Games. The London 2012 OrganisingCommittee has received applications from peoplefrom all backgrounds and communities across theUK. Up to 70,000 Games Makers will be neededto stage a successful Olympic and ParalympicGames. The process now starts to selectdedicated and passionate people who willundertake a wide variety of roles - from athleteescorts to stewards to radio operators.Those who are successful through a selectionand interview process will attend at least threetraining sessions to ensure they are fully preparedfor the Games. Mayor of London Boris Johnson isalso recruiting up to 8,000 London Ambassadorsto help and advise all the visitors who will travel toLondon at Games time. Sebastian Coe, Chairman of LOCOG, said:"We're thrilled with the response we've had to datefor our volunteering programme and would like tothank the 240,000 people who have pledged togive their time during the Games in 2012. "Now we begin the task of finding the rightpeople and ensuring that we match them to themost appropriate roles. This is a long process andwill take time but we're asking people to bepatient - this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity isreally worth it!"