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Risk Management at the Winter Olympics

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Dom Coulson

on 10 April 2013

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Katie Trevor || Gemma Hooley || Dom Coulson || Mikhaila Maconochie Risk Management at the Winter Olympics History of the
Winter Olympics Safety Concerns at the Winter Olympics Statistics of Dangerous Sports 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics:
At least 11% of athletes suffered an injury Significance of Media Attention Current Risk
Management Strategies How Injuries Have
Been Managed IOC's Risk Management Plans
for Sochi 2014 "Sochi promise to take no risks over luge tack for 2014 Olympics"

Holding test events on the courses

Weather contingency plans

Competing countries have their own risk management plans What is
Risk Management? Recommendations
for 2018 Further development in risk factor analysis
Controlled studies on the effects of preventing/reducing risk factors from Sochi 2014
Injury prevention strategies
Injury surveillance system and systematic injury register
Removing foreseeable risks
Testing courses/test events
Minimise overcrowding
Improve PPE safety equipment, equipment checks
Fresh snow laid daily (Allan, O’Toole, Harris & McDonnell 2011, p. 544) Risk:
‘The likelihood and consequence of the event not fulfilling its objectives’ Risk Management:
‘The process of identifying the problems, assessing them and dealing with them’ (Allen, O’Toole, Harris & McDonnell 2011, p. 544) Main areas of risk: (Berlonghi 1990)
•Marketing and Public Relations
•Health and Safety
•Crowd Management
•Security IOC's Risk Management Plans for Sochi 2014 Main areas of risk: (Berlonghi 1990)
•Administration - Agreement of Partnership with PwC

•Marketing and PR - New laws introduced or existing laws amended

•Health and Safety - Klinsk Institute of Health and Safety named as the supplier of Occupational Safety

•Crowd Management - Movement Strategies employed as crowd planning specialists

•Security - Russia's Internal Security and a private company are managing security High Risk Sports:
Bobsled, ice hockey, short track, alpine freestyle and snowboard cross
35% of these athletes sustained injuries or fell ill Low Risk Sports:
Biathlon, cross country skiing, ski jumping, luge, curling, speed skating, and freestyle moguls
Less than 5% of these athletes sustained injuries or fell ill Most Common Injuries:
Head, spine, and knee injuries - 46% in training, 54% during competition Paris Olympics incorporated winter sports into the Games for the first time 1925 IOC amended the Olympic Charter to establish the Winter Olympics Until this point, the host of the Summer Olympics was automatically given the opportunity to host the Winter Olympics 1948 1986 1924 IOC decided to alternate the Summer and Winter Games every two years Injury Surveillance System:
First implemented in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics
And again at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

Goals of the ISS:
Maximise the health benefits of elite athletes
Minimise indirect costs associated with injury
Identify high risk injuries early
Providing tools to prevent sports injuries. Calgary 1988 1994 Albertville Lillehammer 1992 Salt Lake City 2002 Turin 2006 Vancouver 2010 Maintained records of losses, undertook risk assessments and managed risk through insurances and loss control Strong focus on financial risk management through insurance No formal division focused on risk management - main focus still on insurance against financial losses Separate risk management division within the committee was established Risk management started to encompass risk assessment, design of insurance cover, loss controls, and safety program Implemented the Enterprise Risk Management - encompasses risk assessment, audit and assurance, risk transfer and loss controls
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