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Whistler Sliding Center Bobsled Track – Photo: Uncleweed (Creative Commons)
The Whistler Sliding Centre is the location for bobsled, luge and skeleton competitions for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The venue is located approximately 76 miles north of Vancouver.
Construction of the Whistler Sliding Center began in June 2005 and was completed in December 2007. The facilities include a concrete refrigerated track, start houses, a control and timing building, finish area building , track operations building, track lodge, refrigeration plant and a mountain and track access road system.
The bobsled and skeleton track measures 1,450 meters in length. Men’s luge will run at 1,374 meters while doubles and women’s luge is 1,198 meters in length. The track includes a vertical drop of 152 meters with a maximum slope of 20% at corner 2.
Travelers interested in attending any of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic bobsled, luge or skeleton competitions at the Whistler Sliding Centre can base their reservations on the following event schedule:
Go downhill, fast! for: The Duff Man! – Olympic Laughs with the Superhero Skeleton-ist Duff Gibson – Olympic Outsider #8
Torino 2006 Skeleton Gold Medalist athlete Duff Gibson chats with Olympic Outsider host Dave Olson about having a beer named after him, life as a Calgary fireman, being Canada’s (and the world’s) oldest gold medalist, training for technical and speed courses, the Whistler track, athletic challenges and the future of the sport at an Olympic rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery in May 2006.
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