Richmond Winterfest Weekend took place in February at the Richmond Olympic Oval, and reignited the spirit of the Olympic Games within the community. The reconfigured Olympic Oval played host to entertainment of all sorts: music, sports, demonstrations and the arts.
Richmond’s Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Vancouver Organizing Committee CEO John Furlong kicked off the celebrations on Saturday from the YVR Community Stage. Mayor Brodiehonoured two attending Canadian Olympians, Long Track Speed Skater Gold Medalist Denny Morrison and Richmond’s own Snowboarder, Alexa Loo.
Vancouver Airport Authority sponsored the YVR Community stage, which rocked with performances by a variety of vocal and dance acts, including Five Alarm Funk, Damien Marshall and family favourite Bobs and Lolo.
More than 12,000 people were in attendance – many experiencing the various sporting activities available including ice skating; and exploring the array of visual arts, such as carving, pottery and sculpting.
Today, the Oval offers drop-in sports, fitness classes, programs, and sport camps to members of the public, while high performance athletes train next to them – a true Olympic legacy.
To learn more about the Richmond Olympic Oval, visit their webpage