Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Athletes Take Flight at Whistler Olympic Park

Whistler, British Columbia (ots/PRNewswire) - - First Nordic combined and ski jumping competitions to be hosted January 1-5, 2008 With construction of the ski jumps and Nordic trails now complete for the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler Olympic Park is ready to welcome the first Nordic combined and ski jumping competitions on January 1-5, 2008. "To see some of the world's best ski jumping athletes literally flying at Whistler Olympic Park will be inspiring," said Cathy Priestner Allinger, VANOC's Executive Vice President, Sport, Paralympic Games and Venue Management. "Ski jumpers and Nordic combined athletes from around the world - both men and women - now have another world-class facility where they can train and compete, and where women ski jumpers in particular can continue to develop their sport in pursuit of their opportunity to compete in future Olympic Winter Games." The following events are being staged at Whistler Olympic Park: - December 30 Unofficial training (Ski jumping) - January 1 Open training (Ski jumping / Nordic combined) - January 2-3 Nordic Combined North American Junior Championships - January 4-5 Canadian National Ski Jumping Championships These events are being staged by Nordic Combined Ski Canada (NCSC) and Ski Jumping Canada in conjunction with the Callaghan Valley Local Organizing Committee (CALOC), a collaboration between VANOC's Nordic department and the Squamish Community with assistance from local Sea-to-Sky Nordic clubs. For more information on the sports of Nordic combined and ski jumping and for more complete details on the operations at Whistler Olympic Park, visit www.vancouver2010.com and/or www.whistlerolympicpark.com. Test jumps by Canada's best ski jumpers were made on Friday, December 28 and photos are available in high resolution format at ftp://2010ftp.vancouver2010.com. The username is MediaVenueDay and the password is thesc00p. Cutlines for each photo can be found at the end of this media release and also on the FTP site. Video clips to follow. VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. PHOTO 1: During initial on-site testing on Friday December 28, 2007, Greg Baxter (Calgary, AB) makes history as the first ski jumper to take flight at Whistler Olympic Park. PHOTO 2: During initial on-site testing on Friday December 28, 2007, Greg Baxter (Calgary, AB) makes history as the first ski jumper to take flight at Whistler Olympic Park. PHOTO 3: Zoya Lynch (Calgary, AB) is the first ever female member of Canada's national ski jumping team to take flight at Whistler Olympic Park during initial on-site testing Friday December 28, 2007. PHOTO 4: Zoya Lynch (Calgary, AB) is the first ever female member of Canada's national ski jumping team to take flight at Whistler Olympic Park during initial on-site testing Friday December 28, 2007. PHOTOS 5 - 6 - 7: Canada's best take flight at Whistler Olympic Park. Members of Canada's national teams for Ski Jumping Canada and Nordic Combined Ski Canada jump on the Normal Hill for the initial day of testing at the newly completed venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. PHOTO 8: VANOC's John Heilig, Manager for Ski jumping and Nordic combined on-site at Whistler Olympic Park during the first day of ski jump testing (Dec 28, 2007) at the newly completed venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. PHOTO 9: VANOC's John Aalberg, Director Whistler Olympic Park, on-site during the first day of ski jump testing (Dec 28, 2007) at the newly completed venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. PHOTOS 10 - 11: Ski jumps (Large Hill (left), Normal Hill (right) at Whistler Olympic Park, Nordic venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Web site: http://www.vancouver2010.com http://www.whistlerolympicpark.com ots Originaltext: Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch Contact: For further information: Media Contacts, Stephane Delisle, Vancouver 2010, +1-778-328-1186; Kristen Robinson, Vancouver 2010, +1-604-966-2574

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