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Winter Rings

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Beginning this season Whistler Blackcomb will be offering a chance to ski or snowboard with an Olympian. This elite program will be offered through the rest of the 2013 ski and snowboard season and allows guests to book a private lesson with an Olympic athlete.

Rob McSkimming Vice President of Business Development at WB and overseer of the program says, "As a proud host of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, we wanted to create a unique experience that revives the excitement the Olympics brought to Whistler. The opportunity to spend time exploring, learning and dining with Olympians is a fun and memorable way to celebrate the Olympic legacies at Whistler Blackcomb."

The exclusive program includes a full day of skiing or snowboarding lessons with an Olympic Athlete, with a capped capacity at five people per group.

In total there are 13 ski and snowboard athletes that have competed in at least one or more Winter Olympic games to choose from. Nearly all of the Olympians originate from the Lower Mainland of BC, bringing them superior instruction and intimate local knowledge of Whistler Blackcomb. Each athlete comes from a different background ie: snowboard cross, downhill ski racing, freestyle Skiing, Moguls, freestyle snowboarding, etc; Allowing each person to match the skill set of each Olympian towards their preferences.

Participating Olympic athletes include: Rob Boyd, Alpine Skiing; Julia Murray, Alpine Skiing; Crispin Lipscomb, Halfpipe Snowboarder; Tara Teigenm, Snowboard Freestyle; Anastasia Skryabina, Alpine Skiing; Tami Bradley, Moguls; Britt Janyk, Alpine Skiing, Downhill, Super-G and Giant Slalom; Ryan Johnson, Moguls; Andra Nedelcu, Ski Cross; Kristi Richards, Moguls; Darren Chalmers Giant Slalom Snowboarder; and Mike Michalchuk, Freestyle Snowboarder.

Each athlete's availability is different. If you wish to book a private lesson with particular athlete it's best to call well in advance. To book a lesson with an Olympian call Whistler Blackcomb at 1-877-730-SNOW (7669). For more information on the Ski or Snowboard with an Olympian program including a quick bio on each athlete visit the Whistler Blackcomb website.

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Photo Credit Olympic Rings, Inukshuk: Mike Crane