In Vancouver, Omega will assume its Official Timekeeper role for the 24th time. Omega first served as the Official Timekeeper at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1932.
Never before had a single company been chosen to provide all the timing devices and technology for the Olympic Games. At those Games, Omega delivered 30 handheld stopwatches, which were used to time every event. In Vancouver in 2010, 220 professional timekeepers and data handlers, along with a veritable army of local volunteers, will be using more than 200 tonnes of equipment to ensure that the timing, scoring, display and distribution of the results are flawlessly executed.
Omega’s unparalleled reputation as an innovator in sports timing and measurement technologies has led to a long, rewarding relationship with the IOC. Omega’s partnership with the Olympic Movement is reflected in some of its products and in the advertising and publicity campaigns that will be activated especially for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Among the symbols that best represent Omega’s Olympic role is the Countdown Clock in Vancouver, which was unveiled on 12 February 2007, exactly three years before the festivities were scheduled to begin. The clock is three metres wide, more than six metres high and weighs a staggering 1,170 kilograms.
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