Luge Canada

Canadian Party Planned for Opening Ceremonies of Luge World Championships

Media invited to Canadian team’s training in Whistler, January 30

 WHISTLER, B.C.—A packed Whistler Village filled with a whole lot of red and white-clad
sports fans will help officially kick off the 2013 Luge World Championships during the
opening ceremonies on January 30.

Public are invited to come on down to Whistler’s Village Square for the free event. The
fastest athletes on ice will get the festivities underway with a Parade of Nations that will
begin at Whistler Olympic Plaza and wind its way through Whistler, ending at Village

The Parade of Nations – including 125 athletes representing 23 countries – will take
place from 6:45-7 p.m., followed by the official Opening Ceremonies to the premiere
event on international luge calendar at 7-7:30 p.m. The opening night for the return of
the top luge athletes on the globe will culminate with a live concert from The Boom
Booms at 7:30 p.m.

Luge World Championships: (all times PST)
January 30
6:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies Whistler Village
6:45-7 p.m. – Parade of Nations
7-7:30 p.m. – Official Ceremony
7:30 p.m. – Live Concert by The Boom Booms

January 31
4 p.m. – Final Training Runs

February 1
3 p.m. – Doubles Race
5:15 p.m. – Men’s Singles Race

February 2
3 p.m. – Women’s Singles Race
6:15 p.m. – Team Relay Race

Tickets for the Whistler event can be purchased for $10 now at, by
calling 1.800.WHISTLER (1.800.944.7853), or in person at the Visitor Centre.
Children six and under are free. A WILL CALL pick-up booth will be set up
at the base of the Excalibur Gondola on February 1-2. Spectators can also
purchase tickets by CASH ONLY at the base of the Gondola on race days.

Whistler Media Accreditation:
ALL media must RSVP to Chris Dornan at uccepuevf@pbzpnfg.arg in advance of the event
to receive media credentials for the World Championships. Media can pick up
accreditation at the media centre which will be set up at the venue.

Media Parking:
Limited parking will be made available for media in Lot 7 and 8. Media may also gain free
access to the venue via the Excalibur Gondola.

For complete event information, please visit or

Race Coverage:
Races will be streamed live on the Canadian Luge Association’s web site at

About Whistler Sport Legacies and the Whistler Sliding Centre
Whistler Sport Legacies is a not-for-profit society responsible for operating three of Whistler’s 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Venues: The Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park, and the Whistler Athletes’ Centre.

The Whistler Sliding Centre is situated on Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler Resort, and hosted the Bobsleigh, Skeleton, and Luge competitions during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The facility now operates as a centre for high-performance development, youth and recreational club programming, and tourist and public programs, building on the legacy of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.