Media Advisory - The Whistler Sliding Centre to kick off sliding season with public open house on Saturday, November 1

    WHISTLER, BC, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Sliding sport fans are invited to help kick
off the 2008-09 season at The Whistler Sliding Centre on Saturday, November 1
with a public event.
    The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games (VANOC) will be hosting a community open house at The Whistler
Sliding Centre during Team Canada's bobsleigh selection races. Visitors are
invited to check in at the track lodge, take a guided venue tour and cheer on
Canadian athletes. The Vancouver 2010 mascots will also be in attendance. In
addition, members of the community can gather information on the Homestay
program, volunteer recruitment, ticketing and upcoming sliding sport events.
Free coffee and hot chocolate will be served inside the track lodge.

    Event details

    When: Saturday, November 1, between 10:00 am and 11:30 am
    Where: The Whistler Sliding Centre - near lot 8

    "The feedback from the Canadian athletes currently training here is very
positive," said Craig Lehto, VANOC's Whistler Sliding Centre director. "From
the very beginning of this project there has been an amazing sense of team.
The level of pride every member of the sliding centre team brings to the track
every day is an example of how people working together can create something
unique and special."
    Top international sliding athletes, International Bobsleigh and
Toboganning Federation (FIBT), International Luge Federation (FIL) and VANOC
put the track through four days of testing earlier this year. The homologation
(certification) process at The Whistler Sliding Centre was successfully
completed at the end of those four days of testing in March.
    Visitors attending the open house are encouraged to park on site in the
visitor parking lot or at Blackcomb Mountain's parking lot 8. They can then
check in at the track lodge located at the base of the venue.

    Background - The Whistler Sliding Centre

    Located on Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, The Whistler Sliding Centre is
the venue for the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton competitions during the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and is one of only 16 sliding tracks in
the world. The Whistler Sliding Centre consists of a 1,450-metre
competition-length concrete sliding track through 16 corners, refrigeration
facilities, support buildings and access road. This new sliding track is
integrated into Whistler's long-term resort development plan. Post-Games, The
Whistler Sliding Centre will be operated under the direction of the Whistler
Legacies Society, supported by an endowment trust established by the federal
and provincial governments.

    About VANOC

    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 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit

For further information:

For further information: John French, VANOC Media Relations, (778)

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