Wednesday, February 24, 2010

As Promised, more photos

It took a while, but finally, home on my big computer I am able to upload my photos of the Winter Olympics. We had a memorable time at the games, in the village and watching Julia Clukey. Check out the incredible mountain views and get a flavor of the Olympics.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Day 1 Luge Women's Runs

My husband, Jonathan, and I got an early start on Whistler/Blackcomb yesterday and had a wonderful day in powder at the top. The views were spectacular and the trails were open and long. We spent a few hours jumping on chairlifts, never a line, and skiing peaks to mid-mountain. It is really freeing to ski above the treeline and in a glacier. Then it is very gratifying to get to the treeline once again and schuss down the remainder of the trail.

We had a great lunch on top of the world and were able to feed the Whiskey Jays who would perch in your hands as you offered them treats.

Then on to the whole reason we are here. To support Julia Clukey in the Women's Luge at the Whistler Sliding Center. We traveled through the village to the Gondola and then the Sliding Center. Throughout the whole village cameras were flashing, TV camera crews followed us focusing on the variety of signs we were carrying.

People are so supportive and welcoming. It is an amazing experience.

We stood at turn 16 and for each slider, we watched the big TV screen until they approached the final turn, then we would stare at the spot the women would pass through. In less than a second they would be beyond us and crossing the finish line, at that point all uphill.

It is amazing. We are off for Day 2, runs 3 and 4. More later.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Have you dreamt of going to the Olympics?

When Julia Clukey was 13 years old and traveling to Europe and racing in the luge, I told her I would go to the Olympics when she was in it. Well, the time is here, 12 years later, and I am at Whistler, home of the Sliding Center, at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. It is exciting to walk through the Olympic Village. Even  though there is a moderate drizzle of rain, it has not dampened the spirits of anyone here in Whistler.
Pictures will be coming soon. There is much excitement, many cameras, good food, lots of people mulling around and happy Olympians.
I am here to support Julia, her family and her team. It will be a very thrilling event. Am I pinching myself that I am here in British Columbia? You bet and I am enjoying each minute.