Medal presentations will take place in Whistler at the Olympic and Paralympic Celebration Plaza, VANOC confirmed yesterday.

In December, a plan was proposed to have medals presented at the sport venues to save money.

After changes to the design of the Whistler Celebration Plaza, VANOC said that it will not only host daily medal ceremonies, but also nightly concerts.

The return of the medal presentations to the Whistler Celebration Plaza also ensures that Olympic broadcasters will televise the nightly medals ceremonies.

“We are very pleased,” said Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed. “I expect the response in Whistler will be very positive. We are looking forward to welcoming the world.”

The Whistler Celebration Plaza will also host the closing ceremony for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

Design changes
• The revised cost for the $12.8-million site now includes: $6.8 million from VANOC; $5 million from the Government of Canada, and $1 million from the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

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