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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

Posted by dnhachig 21:38 Archived in Canada Tagged events

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Wow! What awesome pictures! They bring a smile to my face! You guys look like you are having a blast!
I see that the mascots are an integral part of the family. How fun! Go USA!!!!!!

by Waterfall

Questions from Waterfall Class:
Were you guys holding the New Mexico flag?
Questions from Waterfall Class:
Are you guys holding the New Mexico flag in the picture?
Is Sumi's favorite sport the ski jump?
Are you having fun?
How many sports have you seen?
Did you like riding in the gondola?
Which mascot does the family like the best?

by Waterfall

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