Athletes take flight at Whistler Olympic Park



    First Nordic combined and ski jumping competitions to be hosted
    January 1-5, 2008

    WHISTLER, BC, Dec. 29 /CNW/ - With construction of the ski jumps and
Nordic trails now complete for the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler Olympic Park is
ready to welcome the first Nordic combined and ski jumping competitions on
January 1-5, 2008.
    "To see some of the world's best ski jumping athletes literally flying at
Whistler Olympic Park will be inspiring," said Cathy Priestner Allinger,
VANOC's Executive Vice President, Sport, Paralympic Games and Venue
Management. "Ski jumpers and Nordic combined athletes from around the world -
both men and women - now have another world-class facility where they can
train and compete, and where women ski jumpers in particular can continue to
develop their sport in pursuit of their opportunity to compete in future
Olympic Winter Games."

    
    The following events are being staged at Whistler Olympic Park:

    -   December 30    Unofficial training (Ski jumping)
    -   January 1      Open training (Ski jumping / Nordic combined)
    -   January 2-3    Nordic Combined North American Junior Championships
    -   January 4-5    Canadian National Ski Jumping Championships
    

    These events are being staged by Nordic Combined Ski Canada (NCSC) and
Ski Jumping Canada in conjunction with the Callaghan Valley Local Organizing
Committee (CALOC), a collaboration between VANOC's Nordic department and the
Squamish Community with assistance from local Sea-to-Sky Nordic clubs.
    For more information on the sports of Nordic combined and ski jumping and
for more complete details on the operations at Whistler Olympic Park, visit
www.vancouver2010.com and/or www.whistlerolympicpark.com.
    Test jumps by Canada's best ski jumpers were made on Friday December 28
and photos are available in high resolution format at
ftp://2010ftp.vancouver2010.com. The username is MediaVenueDay and the
password is thesc00p. Cutlines for each photo can be found at the end of this
media release and also on the FTP site. Video clips to follow.

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

    PHOTO 1: During initial on-site testing on Friday December 28, 2007, Greg
Baxter (Calgary, AB) makes history as the first ski jumper to take flight at
Whistler Olympic Park.
    PHOTO 2: During initial on-site testing on Friday December 28, 2007, Greg
Baxter (Calgary, AB) makes history as the first ski jumper to take flight at
Whistler Olympic Park.
    PHOTO 3: Zoya Lynch (Calgary, AB) is the first ever female member of
Canada's national ski jumping team to take flight at Whistler Olympic Park
during initial on-site testing Friday December 28, 2007.
    PHOTO 4: Zoya Lynch (Calgary, AB) is the first ever female member of
Canada's national ski jumping team to take flight at Whistler Olympic Park
during initial on-site testing Friday December 28, 2007.
    PHOTOS 5 - 6 - 7: Canada's best take flight at Whistler Olympic Park.
Members of Canada's national teams for Ski Jumping Canada and Nordic Combined
Ski Canada jump on the Normal Hill for the initial day of testing at the newly
completed venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
    PHOTO 8: VANOC's John Heilig, Manager for Ski jumping and Nordic combined
on-site at Whistler Olympic Park during the first day of ski jump testing (Dec
28, 2007) at the newly completed venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
    PHOTO 9: VANOC's John Aalberg, Director Whistler Olympic Park, on-site
during the first day of ski jump testing (Dec 28, 2007) at the newly completed
venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
    PHOTOS 10 - 11: Ski jumps (Large Hill (left), Normal Hill (right) at
Whistler Olympic Park, Nordic venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts, Stephane Delisle, Vancouver
2010, (778) 328-1186; Kristen Robinson, Vancouver 2010, (604) 966-2574

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