With the 2010 Winter Games getting closer every day, Google has just released 3D models for all nine venues in Vancouver. The city of Vancouver was given the 3D treatment earlier this year, but now the venues are in 3D as well.
The models are exceptional, and really give a great feel for each venue. They’ve even included smaller details like spectator bleachers, trees and the gondolas.
To see a tour of the venues, you can download this KML file, or watch the embedded tour on the Lat Long Blog.
Google will be making more improvements to the models before the Games begin, but they’re already fun to look at. Which area is your favorite? I’m personally drawn to the Whistler Mountain ski area (KMZ file), as I enjoy skiing and I think the 3D models of the lifts are pretty slick. However, all of the models look great and it’s been fun to explore them.
About Mickey Mellen
Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.
Wow-very cool-google earth-but it looks almost fake???