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Now Schimann's wife, former Olympic mogul skier Kelly Ringstad, will carry the torch while representing her hometown of North Vancouver.
"I'm so excited to be a part of this amazing experience," said Ringstad, who hopes to be able to pass the torch tradition on to her new daughter. "I'm thrilled that our kids will be able to say that both their parents had the opportunity to carry the flame."
Other Olympians carrying the flame include Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge (Prince George), injured mogul skier Stephanie St-Pierre (Victoriaville, Quebec), Whistler mogul skier and coach John Smart, and aerialist Veronica Brenner (Vancouver).
Mosher takes on CN Tower
Whistler's Tyler Mosher has conquered many obstacles since he injured his spine in 2001, from learning to Nordic ski in able to compete at home in the 2010 Paralympics to leading the charge to bring adaptive snowboarding to the Paralympics. Last week he took on a slightly different kind of challenge, namely the largest free standing structure in North America - the CN Tower in Toronto.
Mosher joined a group from AthletesCan on Oct. 25 to raise money for the United Way, personally climbing 1,176 stairs and over 330 metres in 19 minutes and 57 seconds.
Local sled film premieres in Whistler Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 7, Garfinkel's is hosting the Whistler premiere of Highline Films' Fourc4st. Produced by Whistler's Jörli Ricker, the film features segments by Kalle Johanson, Chris Burandt, Brett Turcotte, Kyle Tapio, Paul Gibbs and Dan Treadway, who also has a ski segment. The film covers everything from backcountry riding to snow cross racing in Quebec.
The premiere takes place at 8 p.m. and admission is $10 at the door.
Dirt campers cited by Whistler Fire Services
A group of kids out riding with the WORCA youth dirt camps received a Civilian Citation from Chief Rob Whitton of Whistler Fire Services last week, recognizing their efforts in helping to contain a fire they came across on the Big Kahuna trail.
With riding coach Duncan Munro helping out, campers Lauren Doak, Zachary Davis and Oliver Spratt used their hydration packs to put out a small fire they discovered on the side of the trail during the extreme fire hazard conditions this summer. They stuck around until Whistler Fire Services arrived on site to put the fire out completely and ensure that it didn't spread.