Walk Like an Olympian (or Blending in When Whistler Goes Olympic-Crazy)
You may have a few extra pounds on your frame. Or a sore knee. Or you just celebrated a “milestone birthday”. Is this going to stop you from celebrating the world’s foremost sporting extravaganza like you want to? No! Because in Whistler, the entire sporting community is built to accommodate everyone, not just the finely-tuned athletes that call Whistler home (and there are many). From village to alpine, Whistler eagerly welcomes the regular folks who want to participate too – but may not have the youth or dedication required to pursue their sporting passion on a full-time basis!
With this in mind, let’s see how Whistler visitors can “live the Olympic dream” while going about their regular lives…and have a lot of fun in the process.
Do You Dream of Joining the Bobsleigh Team?
This is an aspiration for quite a few of us. But let’s face it, very few people live near a bobsleigh track. Whistler Sliding Centre has your answer: take a ride down the icy track with a trained athlete! It is open to the public and will give you a thrill of a lifetime.
Ski Racing: It’s Not Too Late
While watching Olympic ski racing on TV you may get a hankering for hurtling down the ski hill at a blistering pace. How can you do this whilst keeping yourself and others relatively safe? The GMC Race Centre on Blackcomb located on the Cougar Milk run is your answer! Staffed by enthusiastic events personnel (who may even ring the cowbells as you start your ski) you will get your time from start to finish right down to the last tenth of a second. Race against a partner and let the betting begin! Again – it’s not too late to fulfill those ski racing dreams…
Biathlon – Where Shooting Meets Speed
An Olympic sport that has many enthusiastic fans, biathlon is a combination of skate skiing speed mixed with pure determination and focus. Biathlon is available to those aged 10 and older, thanks to the Whistler Olympic Park’s lesson program. This is the time to try your hand at targets – no previous shooting experience required!
Spectators Always Welcome
If all else fails, and that sore knee keeps you from joining in the Olympic-inspired fun, there is always the joy of watching others do the sports and cheering them on. Olympic wannabees can support local athletes in Whistler throughout the winter season. Check the schedule at the Whistler Sliding Centre where luge and skeleton competitions are held regularly. Cheer on the ski racers as they march through the village prior to the start of the Whistler Cup in early April, or ring cowbells from the sidelines of the race. But regardless of your attempts to “do as Olympians do” emulating the post-victory beer stroll of 2010 gold medal skeleton winner Jon Montgomery is not a good idea!
Try an Olympic sport today and channel the Olympic experience authentically!