While the Toronto 2008 Summer Olympic bid has held centre stage in Canada, an understudy has been quietly watching from the wings.
The group hoping to bring the 2010 Winter Olympics to Vancouver-Whistler has been studying the Toronto bid process, noting what worked and paying special attention to the mistakes.
"We've tried to learn what we can," said Marion Lay, chair of the Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Bid Corp.
"They have been sharing with our bid basically any information we have asked for. Part of it has been looking at those things they feel they have done well and those things they would have liked to have done differently."
The Toronto bid will play out its final act July 13 in Moscow when the International Olympic Committee announces which city will host the 2008 Games.
Once the decision is made, the Vancouver-Whistler group must decide what it will do for an encore.
Beijing is considered the front-runner to be awarded the 2008 Summer Games, although both Toronto and Paris are given a chance.
If Toronto fails to land the Games, the Vancouver-Whistler group can begin work on its estimated $23-million bid.
Should Toronto be successful, Vancouver-Whistler must make a decision.
They can go ahead with a full-blown bid attempt, knowing many in the IOC might be reluctant to host back-to-back Games in the same country, or make a reduced effort with the goal of laying the groundwork for landing the 2014 Winter Olympics.
"We'll have to consider in what format we'll go ahead," Lay said.
"It's whether or not we're going to go with a researching bid or are we going to go full force."
Among the important lessons Vancouver-Whistler has learned from Toronto:
During the Moscow meetings, the IOC will also elect a new president. Canadian Dick Pound is one of the men seeking to replace Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Lay said whether Pound wins or losses the presidency shouldn't impact Vancouver-Whistler's bid attempt.
"It would be wonderful if Dick Pound was the president of the IOC but I don't think it will have a direct impact if he's not voted in," she said.