Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wonderful Skiing in Whistler then back to Racing

Finally a day off with beautiful weather. Time to go skiing and explore Whistler-Blackcomb. From the top of Blackcomb Mountain the view of the famous landmark "Black Tusk" in the distance was spectacular.

Somehow in the vast expanse of this huge resort we ran into my friend Canadian Ski Team member and Olympian Britt Janyk skiing with fellow Olympian Chemmy Alcott who is Britians' top female racer. They were on the upper mountain with Chemmy's coach, free skiing in preparation for Wednesdays Ladies Giant Slalom.

At the top of the Peak Express Chairlift on Whistler Mountain there is this enormous Inukshuk. There is a constant line of skiers waiting to get a picture posing at it. Here are a few of our Olympic Press Staff that we met up with after lunch. I never seem to ski Whistler when there isn't cloud and fog so I'm really glad that we had such a great day. I finally know my way around this massive resort (mostly).

Today it was back to racing with the Men's Giant Slalom. The clouds had come back into the valley and by the end of the second run it was raining lightly. The forecast is not great for the last few days of events but unlike the speed events, Downhill and Super-G, we can run the technical events in almost any weatther.

Swiss Carlo Janka put two great runs together to win the Gold Medal with Norway's Jansrud and Svindal claiming Silver and Bronze.

No-one has worked harder than the volunteers on the mountain. Here is a group shot of the Ladies Course crew. Anyone who has worked at the Lake Louise World Cups would recognise alot of faces in this bunch. Most of them run those events and are helping out here and doing an incredible job, hats off to them!
Tomorrow is the Ladies GS. Looking forward to watching Britt and the girls have great races, stay tuned!

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