I attended the lecture by Dr. Helen Lenskyj, whom Pique reported to be a "respected author on the Olympic Games," and was most disappointed. I found her comments on the aboriginal support for 2010 to be most condescending and lacking supporting data. Some of us with past Olympic volunteer experience challenged her negative comments that volunteers are exploited.
I wanted to know, with four months left until the Olympic party begins, what she would advise to make the Olympic Games better, or from her point of view less bad. The answer was "to make sure VANOC was accountable and transparent, something they have not been doing to date." Not only do I disagree that VANOC has not been accountable and as transparent as possible considering the work done, but how can such a comment be helpful to the approximately 50 people at the lecture? I trust our governments, as the taxpayers' agent, the media and sponsors who have paid big bucks to pay for the party, to be on top of that task.
To me it is obvious that a vocal minority do not support the Olympics at Whistler and hate the Olympic movement and philosophy. To them I say the party invitations have been bought and if you do not want to go, don't. Please respect the majority who wish to party to the best of our abilities. For those of us who are working or volunteering to show the world the best party possible for the limited budget, exercise your democratic right to not attend and get lost until the Games are over.
A golden opportunity
In response to recent letters from Scott Carrell and Alix Nicoll...
It's great to hear Whistlerites starting to plan to create their own Olympic experiences by welcoming athletes and visitors to our town! I have an opportunity that is sure to be a great experience for any community member who is fortunate enough to be in a position to help.
Want to contribute to building local Olympic legacies? How about hosting a gold medallist? We (Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies) are trying to bring a bobsleigh pilot coach to town from November through January, to start coaching a few locals, who have expressed interest in becoming bobsleigh athletes or pilots for the post-Games public ride program. Her name is Jill Bakken and she is the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in bobsledding.
The challenge is that we need to find Jill, and her dog, a self-contained suite for these three months. We're not looking for free accommodation, though budget for this program is limited.