With a week to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Olympic flame has entered Olympic country, as it reached theResort Municipality of Whistler. Whistler will host the alpine skiing, cross country, ski jumping, Nordic combined and biathlon competitions, and the sliding events of bobsleigh, skeleton and luge. The Olympic Torch Relay visited the Whistler Olympic Park, which will be hosting events for all of the Nordic disciplines and biathlon.
Canada’s famous “Crazy Canucks” were honoured during the Olympic Torch Relay in Whistler, when Olympian Steve Podborski carried the torch on a snowmobile and Julia Murray, daughter of Dave Murray and competitor in ski cross during the Vancouver Games, also carried the torch into town. Podborski won a bronze medal at the Lake Placid Games in 1980 and was the first North American to win the World Cup downhill season title. He is also Canada’s assistant Chef de Mission for the Vancouver Games. Dave Murray moved to Whistler, where he started a ski school, and the downhill course for men has been named in his honour. Murray died in 1990.
Vancouver and Whistler will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games from 12 to 28 February 2010 and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from 12 to 21 March 2010. The seven winter Olympic sports that will be on show in Vancouver are luge, skiing, skating, ice hockey, biathlon, bobsleigh and curling.
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