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2010 Olympics reach milestone with opening of final sports venue

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Vancouver's Olympics have reached a major milestone with the opening of the final sports competition venue for the 2010 Games.

The Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre, which will be home to curling during the Winter Games, opened with a ceremonial throwing of the first rock by Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

While parts of the building itself aren't finished, the curling rink section will host its first event this weekend.

Some are disappointment the venue isn't bigger, saying Canada's love for curling could easily have filled more than 6,000 seats.

John Furlong, head of the Vancouver Olympic organizing committee, says he's thrilled they've met their goal of having all the sports venues complete with a year to go until the Games begin.

But he says the committee still needs to fine-tune many aspects of the event.

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