The Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival is on and organizers have extended an invite to visiting athletes to participate in the final Park Riders Sessions slopestyle, presented by Telus, Sunday, April 18 on Whistler Mountain. While slopestyle contests are always popular, this one could give riders a chance to compete alongside pros.
Pre-registration is $26 and available at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations. Event day registration is $30 at the Roundhouse until 9:45 a.m. The competition gets underway at 10 a.m.
Helmets are mandatory and minors require a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
Sunday last day for Whistler Olympic Park
While the snow promises to hang around for a little while longer, operations at Whistler Olympic Park are wrapping up this Sunday, April 18.
Late season skiing will still be available at Callaghan Country until May 2, while snow lasts. Visit www.callaghancountry.com for more information.
Gymnasts strong at provincials
The Whistler Gymnastics team had a strong outing at the B.C. Championships in Langley last weekend, despite missing three weeks of training during the Olympics and another week for spring break.
Rebecca Flynn placed 10 th all around in the Provincial Level 3 category after missing most of the training season with a knee injury. Her best results were an eighth place finish on the floor followed by a ninth place finish on the bars.
Nicola Halliwell also competed, one week after winning four medals at the B.C. freestyle championships. She placed 20 th all around in the province, tying for 10 th on the vault.
In Provincial Level 2 Tyro Keely Wentzel earned a bronze medal on bars and placed 16 th all around. Carly Mann was 26 th in that category.
Jackson, Rudge stepping down
Two of the biggest wigs in Canadian amateur sports stepped down from their positions this week, having delivered the biggest Winter Games yet for Canada with 24 Olympic medals and a record of 14 gold medals, followed by Canada's best performance to date in the Paralympics.
Last week Chris Rudge, CEO and secretary general of the Canadian Olympic Committee, announced that he would be stepping down from his post on April 15 after more than seven years on the job.
"They say timing is everything and throughout my many careers I've always observed that it is important to know when to go," said Rudge. "The past seven plus years have been inspiring and were highlighted by an unforgettable Vancouver Games that are sure to leave an indelible mark on our national soul."