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Steps taken to improve cauldron visibility

In response to public outrage over the high fencing that surrounds the Olympic cauldron on Vancouver's waterfront, organizers on Wednesday opened a public rooftop viewing area on a nearby one-story building, moved back the fencing so people could get closer, and installed a viewing window at street level.

The issue had generated significant controversy here as throngs had been reduced to climbing on public benches and other objects to try to attempt to photograph the cauldron, which will remain at the site permanently.

"We were very happy with the remedy we now have in place," said John Furlong, the chief executive officer of the Vancouver organizing committee. "We believe we have a solution that's better than the one people were originally asking for."

The viewing window at street level stretches 98 feet and is at average eye level. The roof can accommodate up to 150 people at a time and is free. The cauldron remains surrounded by security fencing because it was erected inside the secure compound for the International Broadcasting Center.

By Amy Shipley  |  February 17, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
Categories:  Vancouver 2010  
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The athletes have been great, but it's mind-boggling how badly-run this Olympics has been. From the luge tragedy, where officials defensively blamed the deceased luger for the error and then simultaneously changed the course and put safety barriers in place, to the IOC selecting warm and wet Vancouver in the first place, to the torch fiascos (didn't open during the ceremonies, and then it was behind chain-link fence with no place for the public to gather), to the slushy speed-skating conditions and the coaches' protest, to the horribly bad conditions at Cypress, and on and on. Kudos to the athletes for keeping their chins up and giving it their all.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | February 17, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

"We were very happy with the remedy we now have in place," ... We believe we have a solution that's better than the one people were originally asking for."

What a fine example of a condescending, nanny-state mentality.

Posted by: RogerGoldleader | February 18, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

The Olympic Nanny State is run by Rogge or whatever dictator for life the IOC has hired. The athletes are great and watching the sporting is amazing at times. The utter commercialization and money grubbing of the Olympic promoters turns me off badly.
Maybe next time they can take the cauldron and put it in a building with security and metal detectors and dogs and hire Blackwater/Xe to guard the thing. Someone is sitting in a cave laughing at all the community-destroying faux security hoops erected to inconvenience and tax the Western world.

Posted by: citizen625 | February 18, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Talking of visibility, once again NBC lives down to its coverage of the Olympics games.

Posted by: whocares666 | February 18, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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