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!