Luge Canada

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

Tour of bobsleigh, luge and skeleton sport venue to showcase 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: 10:15am PDT

Photo opportunity/media availability: 10:30 am PDT

Event concludes: approximately 11:45 PDT

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


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

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Media Contacts

Stéphane Delisle

Chris Dornan
CODA/Canada Sliding Sports