Whistler Olympic Park appointed National Training Center
The Whistler Olympic Park will be a National Training Center for ski jumping and nordic combined, this was announced by Whistler Sport Legacies, Ski Jumping Canada and Nordic Combined Canada on Tuesday.
“We are extremely excited and honored to announce Whistler Olympic Park as an official training center of our National Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined teams. The ski jump facilities in the Callaghan Valley are among the best in the world and the perfect place for our athletes to hone their skills and challenge the world’s best. We see the venue as integral part of the sport in this country and one of the keys to our success", said Curtis Lyon, Chairman and High Performance Director of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Canada.
Because the modern profile of the facilities in Whistler is similar to the hills in Sochi, the Canadian national team will train in the Whistler Olympic Park from January 27th until February 1st before heading to Russia for the Winter Games.
“Flight 2022” to be launched in March
The ski jumping program “Flight 2022” will be launched in March 2014. Weekend ski jumping camps for children age 8-12 will introduce kids to the sport on small snow bumps. Furthermore a 20 and 40 meter jump will be built this summer to enable beginner jumpers to get started. John Heilig, Manager of Nordic Sports explains: “We want to help build athletes for the future. Those small training jumps will provide safe and easy access to an exciting Olympic sport for local kids.”