definitely one of the best school field trips Myrtle Philip’s Grade 7 class has
taken so far.
awesome,” said Jake Allison as he got ready to watch the world’s best men ski
World Cup super G on Whistler last week.
“I’m just so excited. This gets the kids
aware of what will happen at the Olympics and this is really fun to watch.
this is in my genes,” added Allison, who is racing with the successful Whistler
Mountain Ski Club and who’s dad Bob Allison was on the national ski team.
Corinne the race is a chance for her son to see his heroes in the flesh.
racers that they see on TV become heroes and legends for them and Jake, he
memorizes the racers and he knows exactly where they place, so for him to see
it live is very exciting,” she said.
The visit to
the World Cup was organized by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010
Olympics (VANOC) and Alpine Canada.
As the class
continued to cheer, occasionally shielding their eyes from the brilliant
sunshine beating down on the Whistler Mountain course, Canadian ski racers
sauntered past their VIP bleacher seats. But when hometown hero Mike Janyk
walked by the kids couldn’t stay put and quickly surrounded him for autographs.
sign,” he said, asking the score of students to pass him their cowbells to
“It is an
unbelievable course,” he said. “It is one of the best super G’s for sure on the
World Cup. It is fast, there is a lot of terrain, and it goes in and out of
shadows. It is really cool to show the world what we can do here in Whistler.
“And it is
so nice to come home and to see these kids here is great. I think it is going
to be something special for the Olympics, that is for sure.”
is recovering from a back injury, skied the super G as a forerunner.
Program director Whistler Mountain ski Club couldn’t agree more with Janyk’s
“I am elated,”
he said, barely audible over the cacophony of cowbell ringing that greeted
every Canadian racer from the close to 400 spectators at the day’s race.
“When we see
the kids like Jake Allison with a smile from ear to ear, that is really the
reason we go out there every weekend and pound away at the gates.
they will be here one day racing like (alumni Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Robbie
“It was only
10 to 12 years ago that Manny and Robbie were racing in our program, and that
is a not a long time ago.
where ski racing is meant to be, this is where it started, and this is where it
Canada bringing kids to these events just makes sense.
kids to get into the sport is an integral part of what Alpine Canada does and
what Alpine Canada stands for,” said spokesperson Kyle Marr.
kids to ski racing and giving kids the opportunity that the kids from Myrtle
Philip had today is exactly the type of thing we want to do.”
Gayda, VANOC’s managing director for sport: “The more we can engage the
community the better result we will have for this event and also for the (2010)
point of view exposing kids to the sport… is number one.”