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Please find below recent news releases for Whistler Sport Legacies.
ATHLETES TAKE FLIGHT AT WHISTLER OLYMPIC PARK
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Whistler, BC: Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) is very excited to activate the ski jumps on March 31st for the National Large Hill Ski Jumping/ Nordic Combined Championships. This is the first time the ski jumps have been used since the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. This event is hosted by the Callaghan Winter Sports Club and welcomes athletes to participate in a week-long training camp culminating with the championship events on Saturday March 31st.
The list of athletes attending the training camp and national championships is confirmed as the following:
- 26 Canadian athletes (men/women)
- 11 USA athletes
- 2 German athletes
With the strong structural similarities between the ski jumps at WOP and those constructed in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Games, this event has attracted some big names. The star-studded Canadian field begins with MacKenzie Boyd-Clowes, Canadian record holder in Ski Flying, and continues with the talented Canadian Women's team.
Renowned for their dedication to the sport, the Canadian Women's team played a pivotal role in establishing women's Ski Jumping as an Olympic sport for the 2014 Winter Games. Not to be missed is 16-year-old Taylor Henrich of Alberta who made history by becoming the first Canadian woman to compete in an Olympic Ski Jumping competition at the Youth Olympic Games this past January in Innsbruck.
Also in attendance will be a German National Team coach and two athletes- Pascal Bodmer and Martin Schmitt. Martin has won numerous Olympic and World Cup medals in individual events and as part of the German Team. This includes being a member of the Silver medal team in the Ski Jumping team event in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. He has a significant following around the world and will be a highlight of both the training and competition at WOP.
During the competition, a free pancake breakfast prepared by Whistler Cooks will be held from 9:00am-11:00am at the bottom of the ski jumps on Saturday, March 31st. A $2.00 donation is suggested to benefit Callaghan Winter Sports Club.
Training runs the week of March 24th to March 30th in the mornings. For full event details please visit www.whistlerolympicpark.com/events.
Whistler Olympic Park is operated by Whistler Sport Legacies, a non-profit organization responsible for Whistler Olympic Park, the Whistler Sliding Centre, and the Whistler Athletes’ Centre. Each facility plays a unique role in inspiring sport excellence for the benefit of athletes, residents, and visitors. Participation in WOP’s recreational activities helps support the growth of Nordic sport in the Sea to Sky corridor.
Callaghan Winter Sports Club (Event Host)
Ski Jumping Canada (Athletes)
Whistler Olympic Park (Venue)
Manager, Nordic Sport
Whistler Olympic Park Enjoys Successful Second Weekend
For Immediate Release
Whistler Olympic Park enjoys successful second weekend!
Whistler, BC: Whistler Sport Legacies is delighted to announce that Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) has officially kicked off its 2011-2012 season! Our second weekend of operation was a great success with ideal early season conditions under sunny skies. Grooming operations have expanded, food services have been enhanced, and non-ski activities are now underway!
Most trails in the Olympic Plateau area have been groomed, and Norwegian Woods opened on schedule over the weekend, which is accessible from the Olympic Plateau trails via Inside Passage or Olympic Connector, and up Madeley Creek Loop. Whistler Olympic Park has received authorization from the Ministry of Forests to groom Madeley Lake Trail which will commence this weekend. Dog-friendly trails are as popular as ever with new, easier access parking directly onto Porters Glide and Brandywine View trail.
The whistlerolympicpark.com website offers some new features this year – visit the “Trails & Conditions” section for ski trail conditions, weather conditions and forecast, and webcams. The trail conditions chart can be sorted by clicking on the column headers.
Season pass sales have exceeded last year. Some pass holder perks include: 1x free snowshoe rentals; 1x free ski wax; 1x 50 per cent off midweek day ticket; 15-20 per cent off selected WOP merchandise; 10 per cent off food in café; 2-for-1 booked semi-private lesson; and unlimited summer sightseeing chairlift rides in 2012.
Season passes can still be purchased Wednesday - Sunday at WOP Guest Services, by phoning 604-964-0060, or online at whistlerolympicpark.com. Day passes are available at the park gate. WOP will be open seven days a week starting December 19th.
If you’re feeling a little rusty, or would like to take up classic or skate skiing …take a lesson with one of our certified professionals. Private, semi-private, and family lesson Early Season pricing is available until December 16th.
Try snowshoeing or the toboggan hill which also opened this past weekend. Or just come out for a visit, enjoy magnificent views from the Day Lodge and admire the Olympic Countdown Clock to the XX11 Olympic and X1 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Hungry? We are pleased to welcome Grant and Hilarie Cousar and their staff of Whistler Cooks to WOP. Whistler Cooks are serving up hearty selections of meals and snacks in the café - including chili and fondue on Wednesday nights, and waffles on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
On December 4th Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club hosted their first Coast Cup for 136 athletes. We value the relationships we have with Nordic clubs and associations as part of our commitment to supporting growth of the sport. Whistler Olympic Park continues to engage the community in a dialogue about the future of this Olympic legacy, and its role in supporting both Nordic recreational and sport activities.
About Whistler Olympic Park
Whistler Olympic Park is operated by Whistler Sport Legacies, a non-profit organization responsible for Whistler Olympic Park, the Whistler Sliding Centre, and the Whistler Athletes’ Centre. Each facility plays a unique role in inspiring sport excellence for the benefit of athletes, residents, and visitors. Participation in WOP’s recreational activities helps support the growth of Nordic sport in the Sea to Sky corridor. For more information, visit whistlerolympicpark.com.