In the Olympic Summer Games Rio 2016, where 206 countries participated, GE was involved in over 160 infrastructure projects for the smooth operation of the Games. GE provided the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) with the necessary power distribution systems, allowing billions of viewers worldwide to enjoy seamless broadcasts, and illuminated the Olympic Games venues, including Maracanã, with LED lighting that helped save energy and maintenance costs. In addition, GE provided medical imaging technologies such as MRI, ultrasound and X-ray to the Polyclinic, a dedicated hospital for Olympians, in order to facilitate swift diagnosis and recovery. GE also provided Electronic Medical Record system (EMR) to assist athletes in receiving individualized care.
One of GE’s legacy gifts to Rio is the replacement of outdated medical imaging equipment with with newer equipment at the Souza Aguiar Hospital. This enabled low-income patients who previously did not have access to care, to receive diagnosis and treatment they need quickly. The capacity to perform surgeries has potentially increased by more than 30 percent. Another gift took the form of more efficient and effective lighting. GE replaced the lights in Flamengo Park and the historic Lapa District, two popular landmarks in Rio. The new LED floodlights and street lights with remote management technology not only created savings but also increased the sense of security in the area.
At the 22nd Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, where 88 countries competed across 98 events, GE powered the Games by two GE aeroderivative gas turbines GE LMS100 to provide both base load and peak load power for the Games. In a sense, GE not only secured a reliable power supply for Sochi 2014, but it also gave the host city the capacity to generate backup power for other major sporting events in the future. In addition, as with previous Olympic Games, GE provided advanced medical imaging equipment such as MRI and ultrasound machines to the Polyclinic, and donated mobile mammography vans that traveled to remote areas where breast cancer screening technology is challenging.
In the Olympic Summer Games London 2012, GE, as a Worldwide Olympic Partner, collaborated with the host country, host city, and the Organizing Committee to provide various technologies and services that contributed to the success of the Games. The Olympic Polyclinic was equipped with GE’s advanced medical technologies such as MRI, ultrasound machines, X-Ray machines, ECG and healthcare monitoring systems, to deliver the necessary diagnosis and treatment of 25,000 athletes and staff at the Games. GE also supplied three 3.3 MW Jenbacher gas engines that can deliver 10 MW of power, heating and cooling for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, and also installed 120 DuraStation Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations across London. GE’s lighting technology illuminated Olympic venues for swimming, basketball, and field hockey, as well as the magnificent Tower Bridge, one of London’s foremost landmarks.
Following the Calgary games in 1988, the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010 was the second Olympic Winter Games held in Canada. The keyword was “sustainability” at the Games, and it became a highly anticipated event in terms of its environmental considerations and its potential economic and operational success. GE provided wastewater management system at the Vancouver Convention Center, and delivered more efficient transportation with locomotive engines that reduce emissions by 40%. GE also supplied LED lights to Olympic venues, and even sponsored the revitalization of the skating rink in Robson Square. GE’s healthcare solutions enabled athletes to do their best at the Games. GE provided mobile medical units (MMU) for medical emergencies, 64-slice CT scanner, digital ultrasound machines and other advanced medical technologies so that athletes can receive quick and accurate diagnosis wherever they need it. GE’s advanced medical equipment and services not only benefited those at the Games, but it also helped improved the medical environment in the Whistler region.
As the first Olympic Games in Asia since Seoul 1988, the Olympic Summer Games Beijing 2008 came into the global spotlight as the first "Green Olympics", opening new doors. At Beijing 2008, GE provided a rainwater recycling system at the Beijing National Stadium, installed 73 electrical substations at more than 50 sites for power distribution, and also provided 120 wind turbines to wind farms north of Beijing that provide electricity to Beijing, as part of its eco-friendly initiatives. By approaching the partnership with a long-term perspective that took the regional development and environmental impact into consideration, GE’s infra technology left a legacy in China, through advanced eco-friendly technologies that helped raise public awareness of environmental concerns.
The 20th Olympic Winter Games held in Torino, Italy, in 2006, was the first Olympic Games that GE sponsored, as a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Games. At the Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006, GE upgraded the streetlights in downtown Torino, and provided lighting at various Olympic Games venues including the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, where the opening and closing ceremonies were held, the ice hockey rink and the slalom ski slope. GE also reduced annual power consumption by 235,000 kWh by installing 300 reactors that increases energy efficiency, and installed uninterruptible power supplies at the Olympic stadiums and other facilities. Starting with Torino 2006, GE's contribution to the Olympic Games continued till Rio 2016, and GE will continue to be a trusted partner for infra solutions at the upcoming Games in PyeongChang.