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OLYMPIC REVIEW5 OLYMPIC REVIEW OR CONTRIBUTORS EXECUTIVE BOARD President Jacques Rogge Vice- PresidentsThomas Bach, Zaiqing Yu, Mario Pescante, Ser Miang Ng MembersSam Ramsamy, Gerhard Heiberg, Denis Oswald, René Fasel, Mario Vázquez Raña, Frank Fredericks, Nawal El Moutawakel, Richard L. Carrión, Craig Reedie, John Coates OLYMPIC REVIEW Communications Director Mark Adams Editor- in- Chief Kathleen Di Giacomo French EditionAurélie Eichler Spanish Edition Dolores Vázquez Production Agency Touchline Production Editor Andy Tongue Art Editor John Paul Yetton Sub Editors Rob Furber, Sylvie Venet- Tupy Translation Denis Echard, Laura Nadal Obrador, Ros Schwartz ISSN: 0251- 3498 Printed in the UK IMAGES Cover Image Getty Images Inside IOC; VANOC; AFP; Getty Images; Corbis OR CONTACT DETAILS Please send your letters to: Olympic Review, IOC Department of Communications, Château de Vidy, 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland website: www. olympic. org email: olympicreview@ olympic. org tel + 41 ( 0) 21 621 6111 fax + 41 ( 0) 21 621 6356 Olympic Review uses PEFC- certified paper stock sourced from sustainable managed forests. Olympic Review is published by the International Olympic Committee. The articles published in Olympic Review do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the International Olympic Committee. No articles may be reproduced without the permission of the IOC Department of Communications. BOB WOODS New York- based Bob Woods, who launches this issue's cover feature with his update on the final preparations for Vancouver 2010 on page 24, has covered the Olympic Games since 1988, when he edited US television network NBC's viewers' guides to both the Seoul and Calgary Games. He has reported on each subsequent edition of the Games as a freelance writer for various outlets across the USA, his work appearing in magazines and publications ranging from Sports Illustratedto Newsweek International. ALYSSA ROENIGK Alyssa Roenigk is senior writer at ESPN the Magazine, having previously covered the Olympic Games and Action Sports for the publication. Prior to that she wrote for American Cheerleader magazine, having graduated from the University of Florida ( where she was a member of the cheerleading team). For Olympic Review, she previews the eagerly anticipated half- pipe competition in Vancouver, which will see Shaun White defend his gold medal in the men's event. TANJA FLADE As part of our selection of exclusive interviews with some of the leading names, from each of the seven Winter Olympic sports, going for gold in Vancouver, German- based skating writer Tanja Flade spoke to skating pair Mao Asada and Yu- Na Kim, who will go head- to- head in the women's ice dancing competition. Turn to page 40 to see what they had to say.