From March 15-30, 2013 Whistler Olympic Park will host the “Sea to Sky Nordic Festival,” a ski event that will exceed the size and scope of the nordic events of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
The Festival is comprised of the National Ski Championships in the four nordic disciplines of cross-country, biathlon, ski jumping and nordic combined and will welcome hundreds of athletes to the Sea to Sky community.
For the first time in Canadian history, the four disciplines’ championships will be carried out together at one venue. The spectacular winter season finale will bring more competitors to Whistler Olympic Park than the 2010 Olympics with over 800 athletes in attendance. In February of 2010 there were just over 600 competitors in the four Olympic disciplines; the Festival will host 600 athletes in the cross-country competition alone.
Spectators can look forward to top-class performances just like the 2010 Games. “Canada’s elite competing will be competing in each discipline. We’re expecting cross-country World Champions Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw and rising stars like Alexandra Pretorius to be competing in women’s ski jumping,” promises John Heilig, Sport Manager at WOP. The event will include 111 medal events- more than four times the number from the Olympics- with 60 events in cross-country, 40 in biathlon and 11 in ski jumping and Nordic combined.
For more information on the event and volunteer opportunities please visit www.whistlerolympicpark.com .
Photo courtesy of Whistler Olympic Park
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