Live the Olympic Experience

 

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With the 2014, Sochi Olympic Winter Games just days away, we on Canada’s west coast are reminded that just four short years ago, British Columbia welcomed the world to the 2010 Winter Games.

 

The spirit of 2010 lives on in Olympic venues that brought the games to life. The Whistler Sliding Centre’s fast track was the site of the 2010 luge, bobsleigh and skeleton competitions. Two sliding adventures will let you experience the speed and thrill of those Olympic events: the solo, head-first Skeleton Ride Experience (with speeds up to 100 kilometres per hour) and the team-spirited Bobsleigh Ride Experience (which cruises up to 125 kilometres per hour).

 

Safety is top priority, but this is still an adventure that will have your heart racing. whistlerslidingcentre.com

 

If speed doesn’t appeal to you, check out the Whistler Olympic Park, host site for the 2010 Winter Games Nordic events. Here the Discover Biathlon program lets you experience the pairing of cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship. whistlerolympicpark.com

 

Nearby at Whistler Blackcomb you can ski the Dave Murray Downhill, snowboard along Franz’s Run, or better yet the Ski With An Olympian program lets you spend the day learning from professionals who’ve been in the Olympics. This is one experience that won’t soon be forgotten. whistlerblackcomb.com

If cross-country skiing is your sport, strap on the skinny skis and head to Lost Lake Passivhaus. This was the headquarters for the Austrian Olympic Committee and Austrian Public Broadcasting Corporation. Today, it is an ultra-low-energy day lodge for cross-country skiers, the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association, and the Whistler Nordics Ski Club. crosscountryconnection.ca/lost-lake/passivhaus

 

Closer to Vancouver, Cypress Mountain was home to high-flying Olympic freestyle skiing and snowboarding battles. Feel the rush with over 50 downhill runs or cruise in classic fashion along 19 kilometres of powder-packed, groomed trails on neighbouring Hollyburn Mountain. cypressmountain.com

South of the Fraser River, the Richmond Olympic Oval will forever be known as home to long-track speed skating in 2010. Today this architectural wonder offers much to get the blood pumping. You could scale the 12-metre climbing wall, perfect your volleyball serve on the hardwood courts, or play the back and forth with a bit of table tennis.

 

You can also take in a roster of regular fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates and strength training.

 

Later this year, be sure visit the much-anticipated Richmond Olympic Experience, a celebration of the Olympic Spirit, recalling the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Richmond’s role as an Olympic Venue City, and telling the story of sport in Richmond. Highlights include sculptural artwork in the Oval lobby, a multi-media theatre that takes viewers on an Olympic journey, and interactive sport simulations, including the thrill of flight during your very own Olympic ski jump. richmondoval.ca