orld-class in-venue announcers, DJs and field talent to deliver the action, inspire spectators as best winter athletes compete at 2010 Winter Games
Meet the Game Entertainment Department
Vancouver, BC ? A roster of some of the top Canadian and international sport production talent will take to the airwaves in venues at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to entertain, educate, engage, and inspire fans in both official languages as they watch the world’s best compete.
The crack roster of close to 70 producers, announcers, DJs, and field talent will ensure each competition venue, from cross-country skiing to curling and snowboarding, has its own unique feel based on the traditions of the sport. They will call scores and make announcements, spin tunes and select music, as well as interact with the audience to conduct interviews for broadcast on big screens in venue all to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere where new fans ? as well as old ? can follow and enjoy the on ice and snow action in both official languages of Canada and the Olympic Movement.
“Over the last 16 months, we’ve gathered together a remarkable collection of some of the best and most experienced Olympic and professional producers, sport announcers, DJs, and field talent from around the world. It’s really a gold medal worthy group,” explained Olympic and X Games’ sport production veteran Christy Nicolay, vice president of sport production and Victory Ceremonies for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
“We want all spectators at Canada’s Games to have an awesome experience at our competition venues ? an experience that not only excites them about being at the Games but also creates new lifelong fans of the winter sports showcased here,” Nicolay continued. “This experience will start from the moment a spectator enters a venues until the last spectator leaves, several hours in all. What people can expect is a sport production experience on par with the largest sporting events in the world.”
In an Olympic first, VANOC also confirmed today that it will be selling individual in-venue radios and headphones at venues where figure skating and curling competitions have no commentary, as well as ice sledge hockey matches. The sets will be available at Pacific Coliseum, the Vancouver Olympic Centre/Vancouver Paralympic Centre and University of British Columbia Thunderbird Arena, also known as the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. Fans will be able to purchase the sets and listen to the play-by-play of the host announcers in either English or French. Spectators will be able to text in their questions and have them answered live “on air” by well-known guests and hosts from the figure skating world.
Last weekend, the 2010 Winter Games talent roster met in Vancouver, BC, to conduct training ahead of the Games and get to know one another and the venues they will be working in. The roster includes:
*Matt Coy (venue producer for ice hockey at Canada Hockey Place and during the Paralympic Winter Games at the University of British Columbia Thunderbird Arena, also known as the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre): Has an extensive producing and technical career encompassing three Olympic Games, four Super Bowls and many other international events. The resident of Cupertino, Calif., has also worked with professional sports teams such as the San Diego Padres, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Raiders.
*John Ashbridge (announcer, ice hockey/Canada Hockey Place): Public address announcer for the NHL Vancouver Canucks since 1987, Ashbridge lives in New Westminster, BC.
*Randy Ferguson (announcer, cross-country skiing/Whistler Olympic Park): bilingual cycling race announcer and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay master of ceremonies from Montreal, QC.
*Michael Villani (announcer, figure skating/Pacific Coliseum): Newport Beach, Calif.-based voiceover artist and actor who’s starred in big budget Hollywood films Dreamgirls and Man on the Moon and TV series Criminal Minds and CSI.
*Josée Chouinard (field talent, figure skating and short track speed skating/Pacific Coliseum): Three-time Canadian figure skating champ and two-time Olympian from Newmarket, ON.
*Kevin Delaney (announcer, parallel giant slalom/Cypress Mountain): The resident of Watsonville, Calif., was the first ever International Snowboard Federation overall world champion and a former television analyst for ESPN.
*Terry Kent (announcer, bobsleigh and luge/The Whistler Sliding Centre): Three-time Olympian in kayaking and an announcer at Games in Salt Lake City, Athens and Beijing. Kent currently resides in Lake Placid, NY.
*Dieter Ruehle (music director, ice hockey/Canada Hockey Place): Veteran NHL music director from Los Angeles, Calif., who has worked for the past 14 years with the Los Angeles Kings and at four Olympic Games. Dieter is one of only two NHL music directors who can also play the organ.
*Scott Arkwell (music director/DJ, all sliding sports/ The Whistler Sliding Centre): Prominent West Coast DJ/producer, who is perhaps better known as Spun–K, Wicked Lester or Vinyl Ritchie, Arkwell currently lives in Vancouver and Whistler, BC.