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www. olympic. orgOLYMPIC REVIEW7 PRESIDENT ROGGE FOREWORD " The Games exist to provide a global stage for athletes, so they can lead by example and inspire the rest of us" T he start of a new year is a good time to look to the future. And when the new year ends in an even number, as this one does, it means we can look forward to another edition of the Olympic Games. Athletes and spectators from around the world will gather in Vancouver in February for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. As always, we can be sure that we will be thrilled and inspired by the remarkable abilities of the world's best athletes competing in some of the world's finest sport venues. The Games are the centrepiece of the Olympic Movement. The Olympic Charter declares that ensuring " the regular celebration of the Olympic Games" is a core mission of the International Olympic Committee. The IOC has been fulfilling that responsibility since 1896, when the first modern Games were held in Athens. The Olympic Winter Games joined the international sport calendar in 1924. The Games have become more complex and more costly with the passage of time. The IOC has taken a series of steps in recent years to restrain their size and cost, but it is a constant struggle. And we must never lose sight of the fact that the Games are not an end in themselves. They are a means to an end. The Games help bring Olympic values to life. The Games exist to provide a global stage for athletes, so they can lead by example and inspire the rest of us. They remind us of our common humanity. They show us that people from different countries, cultures, religions and ethnic groups can share experiences and compete in an atmosphere of goodwill and fair play. Watching dedicated athletes in action also reminds us that achieving a goal requires self- discipline, commitment and hard work. The joy and excitement of competition encourage spectators to engage in their own physical activities. Many of today's Olympic athletes will tell you that their commitment to sport started when they watched the Olympic Games as children. The legacy of the Games lives in the people who experience them, both as competitors and as spectators. As the Games have evolved, we have become much cognizant of other important legacies, including economic and environmental legacies. For example, the Vancouver Olympic Village will transform an industrial brownfield into a showcase of sustainable living for about 3,000 people after the Games. The 1,100 units will anchor a mixed-income community that will include shopping, services and parks. The sport venues in Vancouver and nearby Whistler were designed to meet the highest environmental standards, with energy saving features that capture and re- use wasted heat and rainwater. They will remain in use long after the Games. I know you will enjoy the 2010 Games in Vancouver, as well as the new Youth Olympic Games, which will debut in Singapore in August. As you marvel at the talent of the athletes, I hope you will also give thought to how you can put Olympic values into action. ¦ FOREWORDBY JACQUESROGGE PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE