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Friday, March 6, 2009

Greetings from Whistler Sliding Centre

I didn't take this picture, someone else on the venue team did. Thank you!!

I was up at the Whistler Sliding Centre for FIBT International Training Week, FIBT world cup and FIL world cup. The track is built into the mountain along Fitzsimmons Creek, between Whistler mountain and Blackcomb mountain.

Although I spent the vast majority of my time in Lot 8, it was really great to meet a bunch of the althletes, and spend time along a track again. I forgot how quiet it is along the ice when no one is sliding, and how tremendous it is to hear a sled coming toward you then zip past your eyes so quickly you would miss it if you sneezed.

For each event they put the logo into the ice on the track

The spectator's view of the track

Don't sneeze!

View from the entrance hut on a snowy morning

In my first attempt at uploading video to blogger, here are some clips from along the track (when they are just spectators around)

The Track Crew will stay in until the very last moment possible. At WSC they have named the corners rather than just having numbers, you can hear the announcer calling the times as the sled passes through each turn.

This is the view of Bobsleigh Start from one of the loading docks. Also, there is a waterfall at the top of the hill.

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