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Skiing and sledding, so much fun!

A big day for Canada!

It was a day of recuperating after Tuesday's Olympic excitement. We played on the nearby sledding hill in the morning and went skiing in the afternoon. Later on we went to Whistler Village where the Canadians were celebrating silver and gold medals wins in women's bobsled (the event we attended on Tuesday), silver in short track skating and bronze in speed skating. In addition to the US bronze in women's bobsled and Canada's win over Russia in men's hockey, the place was rocking. Below are pictures from the day.

On Thursday, we pack up and start the drive back home. We plan to spend the night in Seattle and then drive to Portland on Friday to attend a going away party for our close friends the Crawford family. Keith, Deb, Ollie and Emmet are moving to London for a new job. We sure will miss them.

We'll try to blog as we go...depending on internet access.

Go USA!

Winning gold in the family bobsled

Winning gold in the family bobsled

Apres ski at Monk's

Apres ski at Monk's

Our waitress "Rainbow" at Monk's

Our waitress "Rainbow" at Monk's

We finally found the rings of fire that skiers and snowboards jump through

We finally found the rings of fire that skiers and snowboards jump through

Madison and the torch bearer's Olympic mitts. We located a pair!

Madison and the torch bearer's Olympic mitts. We located a pair!

An Austrian friend at Whistler village.

An Austrian friend at Whistler village.

Olympic TV - the Canadian and US women win medals in bobsled.

Olympic TV - the Canadian and US women win medals in bobsled.

Sled dog Dave

Sled dog Dave

Riding the chair lift

Riding the chair lift

Shannon taking in the scenery

Shannon taking in the scenery

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A day at the Games

Skiers, jumpers, bobsleders, oh my!

What a day! We attended two Olympic events--the nordic combined (two sports in one) and the women's bobsled. The day started bright and early. We left the condo at 8 am to catch the bus for the nordic combined venue, which is approximately 45 minutes away. Interestingly, we learned nordic combined is a team event that is based entirely on how far athletes ski jump and their ranking on the cross-country ski course. The ski jump was in the morning and the ski portion was in the afternoon. It was a close race between many teams--the US, Germany, Austria, Finland and Japan. In the end, the US won silver while Austria brought home the gold and Germany finished bronze. Very close; an exciting race.

In the evening we rode the gondola to the medals qualifying race for the women's (2) bobsled. What a blast! The majority of spectators are at the bottom of the course. That means fans follow most of the race on the gigantictron video monitor at the bottom until the bobsled whizzes by at 80+ mph. A remarkable 4-5 seconds as the bobsled banks through the last turn of the course. Lots of people cheering and cow bells clanking. Canada and the US, among others, are headed to the finals.

Afterwards, we had dinner at an Italian restaurant in Whistler Village and then came back to the condo for some R&R. A tired crew on our hands.

Below are lot of photos that document the day. No video, though. My video camera called it quits.

More to report tomorrow. Cheers!

New Mexico is often thought of as another country

New Mexico is often thought of as another country

The first-lap of nordic combined

The first-lap of nordic combined

Fans from Finland

Fans from Finland

Big hats in Canada

Big hats in Canada

St. Patty's Day or women's bobsled?

St. Patty's Day or women's bobsled?

Posing at the bobsled course

Posing at the bobsled course

Japanese pride

Japanese pride

The coveted Olympic mittens -- very popular and extremely difficult to find

The coveted Olympic mittens -- very popular and extremely difficult to find

Go Bears?

Go Bears?

Crazy Canadians

Crazy Canadians

A big jump

A big jump

Not for those afraid of heights

Not for those afraid of heights

Madison, Shannon and a furry critter

Madison, Shannon and a furry critter

Mukmuk on the gigantictron

Mukmuk on the gigantictron

Preparing for the ski jump

Preparing for the ski jump

The nordic combined venue

The nordic combined venue

Miga and Quatchi say hello

Miga and Quatchi say hello

Cool snow sculpture...literally

Cool snow sculpture...literally

A friendly volunteer poses for a photo op

A friendly volunteer poses for a photo op

The bus ride to nordic combined

The bus ride to nordic combined

Can you find the Canadian women's bobsled? Nine out of ten times, the bobsled is faster than the camera.

Can you find the Canadian women's bobsled? Nine out of ten times, the bobsled is faster than the camera.

Snow art

Snow art

Course maintenance

Course maintenance

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Day 3: Hitting the slopes

Fun and sun on the mountain

Another sunny day at Whistler. This morning we got up and went for stroll in Whistler Village to pick up groceries and a few souvenirs. Afterwards we came back to the condo, grabbed lunch and hit the slopes. Shannon had a half-day lesson with Santiago, one of Whistler's finest ski instructors. She had a great time and by the end of the day had mastered the pizza slice and riding the chair lift. Meanwhile, Madison and Nan sledded on a nearby slope and Dave went snowboarding at Blackcomb. We finished the afternoon at the hot tub and retired to a mellow evening of dining in, homework and Olympic TV. Resting up for two Olympic events starting early tomorrow. Cheers!

Shannon, Madison and friends

Shannon, Madison and friends

Nan and the girls at the Olympic rings

Nan and the girls at the Olympic rings

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Whistler Village at night

Hootin' and hollerin' everywhere

We had a fun day. Highlights included sun, sun and more sun, slope side hot tubbing, a leisurely lunch at the base of Blackcomb and a trial run at skiing/sledding for the girls. In the evening, I went in search of the snowboarders jumping through Olympic rings at Whistler while Nan and the girls hungout at the condo. Instead of flaming rings, however, I took a wrong turn and wound up at Whistler Village during the last 5-minutes of the USA-Canada hockey game. The day's Medals ceremony was taking place at the same time. Here are a few sights and sounds from the evening...

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We arrived at the Olympics

Curvy roads and queasy stomachs

After a stop over in Seattle Friday night and a long, curvy drive on Saturday, we finally made it to Whistler. We checked into the condo (base camp for Norway) and headed straight to Whistler Village, just in time for the awards ceremony. We arrived as Lindsey Vonn received the bronze medal. The place was buzzing with lots of people speaking many different languages. Canadian red everywhere...flags, clothes, hats, banners, etc. People wearing flags and colors from around the globe on hats, shirts and jackets. We were all pretty tired, so headed back to the condo for dinner. First, we made a stop at one of the stores to buy the set of Olympic mascots and Mukmuk (think Olympic Webkinz). More later as we begin to explore the games.

snow ball fight!

snow ball fight!


Furry critters--Sumi, Quatchi, Miga, Mukmuk take in the games.

Furry critters--Sumi, Quatchi, Miga, Mukmuk take in the games.


A pitstop in Bellingham -- Madison and Shannon get some fresh air while we gas up before driving across the border.

A pitstop in Bellingham -- Madison and Shannon get some fresh air while we gas up before driving across the border.

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