I’ve been safeguarding these Skeleton Finals tickets for well over a year and thankfully these tickets meant a chance for two solid days off from work. Whoever called these Winter Olympics didn’t check the forecast – we managed the warmest, sunniest, most lovely day trip to Whistler to watch the Skeleton Finals.
Whistler Victory Ceremony site, with Blackcomb Mountain in the background.
our Premier Gordon Campbell again. I think he is following us with our Olympic experiences…
in the Sliding Centre site, my attempt at a photo op of the sign turned into a photo invitation from a friendly mountie (behind the camera).
After a dozen or so women went, we got tired of sitting so started to walk along the track to check out the comp from the turns.
These dudes with their cameras had the same idea.
Turn 6 – so fast! Lots of time to play in between runs.
You have about 1/16 of a second to take a photo op. Didn’t actually think I was going to get this guy in my shot.
At the bottom is the finish line (also where the luge accident happened). Where they get off their sleds is several hundred meters past that, uphill. With that speed it takes awhile to slow them down!
Germany, Germany, UK.
We found ourselves seats in the grandstands for the men’s finals. It was ch-ch-chilly by now but the view was amazing.
Jon Montgomery finishing his first round. After this, two hours went by but my fingers were too cold to take photos. So the next photo was….
Jon finishing his second round. One athlete left with a slower time, and that meant GOLD MEDAL for JON MONTGOMERY. WOOOO! (We were somehow by fluke sitting in a section full of skeleton athlete families, and Jon’s mom was 5 people over from us. I learned a lot about the sport….)
After the event we went home to Pemberton for a night, then slept in and headed back to the city the next day. I had friends from Semester at Sea (from Seattle) in town staying at my condo while we were gone, so we were back to the city for drinks!
Inside our sweet VIP seating area at the brewpub that took us only 3 hours to get. So worth it! Roland, Jess, Bernard, and Andrew.
Amazing weekend. What a feeling to witness a gold medal in person….and to see what these Spring Olympics are all about. Who would have thought?!