Erik Fisher first hit the slopes at only three-years-old at the Bogus Basin Ski School Program, but skiing wasn’t his only focus for a long time. He enjoyed football throughout high school. During his junior year, he had to choose between football and skiing, and he chose skiing because it was a sport he could compete in on an individual rather than a team level and began training at Bogus Basin with enthusiasm.
Ted Ligety is a US Ski Team member well known for a string of victories in a short period of time. He started skating at only age 2, and was racing by the time he was 11. A string of victories as a teen led him on junior championships. From February of 2004 through the Torino Games, Ligety took home a silver medal from the Junior World Championships, excelled in World Cup competitions, landed on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Olympic preview issue along with veterans like Bode Miller, and took home a gold medal from the 2006 Winter Games.
Congratulations to Steven Nyman on his fine finish in the downhill event at the 2010 Olympic games. An exciting run landed Steven in 20th position overall, only 1.4 seconds behind the event gold medalist Didier Defago of the Swiss team. We are proud of all of our Team USA athletes.
Let The Winter Olympic Games Begin!
Whistler Community Welcomes the Torch on the Road to Welcoming the World
Last night, a sea of shining smiles and waves of red mittens greeted Whistler’s community torchbearer, Tyler Allison, as he carried the Olympic Flame to the stage in Skiers Plaza where he lit the celebration cauldron. The supportive cheers of a proud, passionate crowd further illuminated the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay community celebration in Whistler as did performances by the Squamish Nation Eagle Song Dancers, Whistler’s very own Ali Milner, the Whistler Children’s Choir and the Whistler Singers. The festivities provided a brilliant introduction to the weeks ahead in Whistler, Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Many magical mountain moments will be taking place in the coming weeks and we can’t wait to share as many special Whistler stories as possible with The Whistler Insider subscribers during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. We look forward to experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime journey with you and we hope that you will appreciate receiving The Whistler Insider newsletter more frequently during the Games.
Congratulations to Team USA – US Ski Team member Julia Mancuso. She is heading to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Julia Mancuso grew up on Kauai Island in Hawaii and Squaw Valley, California, and at only 18-months-old, she was already up on skis–water-skis. Snow skiing didn’t follow far behind, and she and elder sister April, who was once a member of the US Ski Team development squad, joined the Mighty Might Ski program as children. She was competing in local races by age 8. This Squaw Valley skier won the gold medal in the giant slalom in 2006 in Torino, taking home the first gold for women in Alpine skiing since Picabo Street took home the gold for the super-G in 1998.
Unfortunately, Mancuso suffered with chronic hip problems and in April of that year underwent hip surgery. She’s suffered from hips and back pain since then, and her ability to make it to the 2010 Olympics had often been in doubt. She worked for NBC hosting a segment in which she toured Beijing during the summer Olympics there, which caused her a great deal of pain that many feared would end her shot at Vancouver. She struggled during the World Cup and even skied completely off the courses in 3 different events.
Proud of her Squaw Valley roots, Mancuso was welcomed home from the Torino Games with a large celebration and a lifetime ski pass to Squaw Valley. The resort even dubbed one of their runs “Julia’s Gold.”
When: Friday, February 05 2010, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Routt County Courthouse / Government Building Lawn (Lincoln Ave. and 6th Street)
During the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival, a carnival that’s now in its 97th year, another event is being held to commemorate the Winter Olympics and the United States Ski Teams’ participation in them. The Steamboat Olympic Team Send-Off Celebration is designed to celebrate the upcoming games and the fine tradition that the US team hopes to continue in excelling in their chosen sport and representing America with pride.
Steamboat has produced more athletes that participate in the Winter Olympics than any other town in North America, topping the list with 69 Olympians. This in part is why Steamboat is well-known as Ski Town USA. So to celebrate the start of the Games in Vancouver in 2010, Steamboat Springs is holding this special event.
The event will include things like video presentations of past Olympians that hailed from Steamboat as well as the current Olympic competitors, live music, fireworks and the traditional lighting of Steamboat’s very own Winter Games Cauldron, which stands 15-feet high on the lawn of their courthouse and will left to burn through the Olympic Games. Many past Olympians will attend the events as well as thousands of snow sports fans who are ready to send of the next generation of medalists to the Vancouver Olympic Games.
The downtown celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. and features past Olympic athletes signing posters and talking to fans, as well as fireworks, videos and other special events. If you’re an Olympic fan, you won’t want to miss this day at Steamboat Springs where you can meet past competitors and wish the current ones good luck. For additional details visit the Steamboat Events Calendar
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