Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bobsleigh & Skeleton in Whistler this weekend

Are you near Whistler this week? The Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup is being held November 23 and 24 at the Whistler Sliding Centre. It's your chance to cheer for Canada and support our Canadian Olympians and national team members.

Competitors include Olympic medallists Jon Montgomery, Kaillie Humphries, Lyndon Rush, Lascelles Brown and Canadian Olympians Melissa Hollingsworth and Justin Kripps as well as Christopher Spring who competed for Australia at the 2010 Olympic games, but now represents Canada.

It's an exciting time for the Canadian Team with the season starting with great successes.

Olympic gold medallist Kaillie Humphries has won the first two races this season in women's bobsleigh bringing her total to five consecutive races going back to last season.  Humphries and Chelsea Valois won the season opener in Lake Placid two weeks ago and followed it up with another win at Park City, Utah last weekend. Can they keep it going at home?

Sarah Reid and Melissa Hollingsworth took the first two spots of the skeleton podium in Lake Placid November 9th. Cassie Hawrysh just missed the podium at Park City last weekend in only her second career World Cup race. Can they sweep the podium in Whistler?

Click here to read Melissa's blog post about the Lake Placid race.  Cassie wrote a great blog post about her first World Cup race. You can read it here.

The men haven't been as successful this season...YET! Is Whistler the race that will see them on the podium?

Who can forget Jon Montgomery's amazing skeleton gold in Whistler in 2010? Can he bring those memories back to get to the podium or will John Fairbairn and Eric Neilson who have fared better so far this season be our top Canadian?

The bobsleigh teams are pushing each other with Team Rush (Canada 1) leading the Canadians at the first World Cup in 2-man and 4-man bobsleigh and Team Spring (Canada 2) being the top Canadian team at the second race in 2-man and 4-man.  Canada 3 is led by Olympian Justin Kripps. Click here for full list of bobsleigh team.

Team Kripps' Justin Kripps and Jean-Nicolas Carriere as well as Team Spring have interesting blog posts that you can read here.

If you're in Whistler this weekend, wear your red and white and cheer extra loud for me. As an added bonus, Whistler/Blackcomb opened early for the season and have numerous special events planned this week. Click here for details. It has been too long since my last trip to Whistler. I'm sure that since the Olympics, it's bigger and better than it was the last time I was there. Wish I was there this weekend to catch the World Cup and hit the slopes.

To see the past World Cup performances or to watch the events live online, click here for the skeleton YouTube channel and click here for the bobsleigh YouTube channel. To see it on television, Sportsnet will be broadcasting the events.  Check your local listings for the times.

Here is the schedule for this weekend:

Friday 23rd
Women's Skeleton:  10am
2 Man Bobsleigh:  3pm
Women's Bobsleigh:  6:30pm

Saturday 24th 
4 Man Bobsleigh:  6:30pm
Men's Skeleton:  3pm

Presale General Admission tickets available via Whistler.com for $10. Click here. VIP tickets are $75 and include a gondola pass.
Day of tickets are available at Whistler Blackcomb's ticket kiosk at the base of the Excalibur gondola, or the Whistler Sliding Centre.

Click here for more information.

Go Canada Go!

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