2010 FIBT World Cup for Bobsleigh and Skeleton

My recent trip to Whistler was filled with good times including getting to be on hand for the 2010 FIBT World Cup bobsleigh and skeleton events at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

At the Whistler Sliding Centre for Mens Skeleton

I never had a chance to visit the Sliding Centre during the Olympics (I couldn’t be everywhere at once!) so it was especially cool to have media access to the start and finish lines.

Viessmann 2010 FIBT World Cup

As you might imagine, the Sliding Centre really brought back Olympic memories for me…the whole event had an Olympic feel to it and many spectators were wearing their red mittens.
Viessmann 2010 FIBT World Cup

Viessmann 2010 FIBT World Cup

At the starting line, awaiting the bobsleigh event

As someone pointed out – look at the feet in this shot (they aren’t touching the ground!):
Viessmann 2010 FIBT World Cup

Definitely a highlight was getting to see Jon Montgomery win the World Cup for Men’s Skeleton right in front of me in the same place he won the Gold Medal for Canada just nine months ago:

Viessmann 2010 FIBT World Cup

Viessmann 2010 FIBT World Cup

Being up close for the events really brought home just how insanely fast this sport is.

Viessmann 2010 FIBT World Cup

Prepping the sleds for competition:
Viessmann 2010 FIBT World Cup

I was told that starting early next year, the public will be able to actually ride in a bobsleigh and there will be a school where people can learn to bobsleigh and skeleton. I’m hoping to get to check those out myself!

2 Comments

  1. buzz says:

    The FIBT tour is in Calgary this week and the start line is 4 blocks from my house. Took Z out to see Montgomery in the start blocks yesterday .. very cool.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/buzzbishop/5227668100/

    As for rides in bobsleighs – do it. They took some media types for a ride 2 weeks ago here at Canada Olympic Park. Awesome.

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