Road to Russia Slides Through Calgary for Canada’s Bobsleigh and Skeleton Athletes
October 2, 2013
CALGARY—Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton athletes are taking advantage of one of the earliest openings of the Calgary track at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park to officially launch the Olympic year with all-important ice time at home, which will play a critical role in the team’s pursuit of the international podium.
The athletes, who have celebrated hundreds of World Cup and World Championship medals between them, in addition to notching four trips to the podium at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver/Whistler, are looking to build nationwide excitement leading into Sochi. Letting their sleds do the talking when they hit the ice at Canada Olympic Park, November 24-30, to compete against their international foes at the World Cup races presented by new title sponsor, The Globe and Mail.
“We’ve had a great off-season, and the dryland training and recovery has gone very well, but we are competitors – and everyone’s been itching to get back on the ice,” said Don Wilson, chief executive officer, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. “The track crew at Canada Olympic Park has done a phenomenal job to get everything ready for us to be in, and on, our sleds so early in the season which is crucial to our preparation. We are happy to take every advantage we can as we prepare for the World Cup races, and ultimately, the big show at the Olympic Games in February.”
Calgary World Cup gets revamp
The additional runs on the Olympic Track in Calgary certainly can’t hurt the athletes’ chances at tasting early success. When they stand alongside new Calgary World Cup sponsor, The Globe and Mail, this year’s event is not to be missed as it will give Canadians a final preview of the national and international athletes who will be vying for gold in Sochi.
Calgary’s World Cup organizers have revamped the events surrounding the races for the fans and supporters who come out to cheer on the Canadian squad. The first World Cup on the 2013-14 IBSF calendar will include activities for all ages including a highly-anticipated international push competition, games and activities for kids, entertainment, prizes, beer gardens, athlete autograph sessions and so much more.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Canadians to get a preview here in our own backyard of the action the world will watch in February when these same athletes compete in Sochi,” said Lee Genier, chairman of the Calgary World Cup Organizing Committee. “We have added to the off-track experience to make sure this is a welcoming, family- and spectator-friendly World Cup that shows off our Western hospitality, while demonstrating our continued support of the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton here in Canada.”
Tickets, which cost $19.99 for a 2-day pass, are on sale now and available at Calgary Safeway locations, Canada Olympic Park Guest Services, through local schools and online at bobsleighcanadaskeleton.ca. Bobsleigh CANADA Skeleton is also pleased to be working with KidsUpFront, providing tickets to 500 local children to come out and experience the excitement of both sports. With attendance numbers estimated to be in the thousands, fans are encouraged to secure tickets before they sell out.
Bobsleigh CANADA Skeleton is a non-profit organization and the national governing body for the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton in Canada. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Adidas, Eurotech – Viking Engineering, BMW Canada, The Globe and Mail, Conceptum Sport Logistics, Therapeutica – along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and SAIT Polytechnic. Bobsleigh CANADA Skeleton develops Olympic and world champions. Please visit us at www.bobsleighcanadaskeleton.ca.