VANOC and Canada's sliding sport athletes invite media to The Whistler Sliding Centre

    Tour of bobsleigh, luge and skeleton sport venue to showcase
    Canadian athletes' training session March 17

    VANCOUVER, March 14 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), and Canada's elite
bobsleigh, luge and skeleton athletes invite the media to join them for a tour
of The Whistler Sliding Centre, Monday, March 17 at 10:30am.
    Following an introduction of Canada's sliding sport athletes at the top
of the track, VANOC officials and athletes will lead the media on a tour of
the facility, stopping at key points on the track to watch the team training.
VANOC spokespeople and athletes will be available for one-on-one interviews.

    When:           Monday, March 17, 2008
                    Arrival on-site for set-up: 10:15 am PDT
                    Photo opportunity/media availability: 10:30 am PDT
                    Event concludes: approximately 11:45 am PDT

    Media parking:  Media should park at the top of The Whistler Sliding
                    Centre track.

    Attending:      Canadian Bobsleigh team
                    Canadian Luge team
                    Canadian Skeleton team
                    Craig Lehto, VANOC director, The Whistler Sliding Centre
                    Mark Hatton, VANOC sport manager, luge
                    Jan Jansen, VANOC, director, Whistler outdoor venues

                    Reminder: It is recommended that the media wear
                    boots for the tour and are reminded to be prepared for
                    winter weather conditions.

    This invitation to tour The Whistler Sliding Centre follows closely on
the heels of the completion of the homologation process for the sliding track
last week. Canadian team sliding athletes participated in the homologation
last week and have stayed on at the track to gain valuable training time. One
of the top priorities for VANOC and Own the Podium 2010 was to see the venues
completed early to allow Canadian team athletes early and frequent access to
maximize home field advantage.

    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. Visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Stéphane Delisle, VANOC, (778)
328-1186; Chris Dornan, CODA/Canada Sliding Sports, (403) 470-9546

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