Thursday, February 25, 2010

Down to the final races at Whistler!

Whistler weather is back with a vengance. The ladies Giant Slalom was sheduled for Wednesday but after completing the first run, heavy fog forced the postponement of the second run until today, Thursday.

Here's a photo of Nick Didlick the Chief of Photography for the 2010 Olympic Games (center, our boss), me in my stylish blue Vanoc uniform and some of the photographers waiting in the early morning for our clearance to enter the race course.

I was at the start for the first run. It's a really eaciting place to be. There is lots of excitement in the air and when the racers throw themselves out of the gate thier coaches and teammates are shouting at the top of thier lungs! This is Canadas' Britt Janyk launching onto the course. All of our girls had great runs but didn't crack into the medals.

Backstage just before the award ceremony in the finish area you can see up close the flowers that are presented to the top three winners. They will receive thier medals at the Medal Plaza tonight in the center of Whistler village

Today the Gold went to Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg, the Silver to Tina Maze of Slovinia ( her second) and the Bronze to Elizabeth Goergle of Austria (her second also).
It was great to see Patty Schwartz in the finish area chatting with Canmore's Shona Rubens. Patty has been helping run Alpine Races fo the Sunshine Ski Club for as long as I can remember and is dedicated to the sport. Shona put in some great runs at the Olympics and now is off to Europe to finish the World Cup season.
The ladies slalom is scheduled for tomorrow. This event is shorter and relatively immune to bad weather so I think we'll get it off the card. Cheers from Whistler!

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