by Tom Guerquin, Special to The Star
“O Canada! Our home and native land!” was not only heard during the many Olympic medal ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Games, but throughout the crowded streets of Vancouver. A sea of Red and White was seen around every corner; the amount of energy and patriotism displayed was exhilarating. Regardless of your feelings about the Olympics, the liveliness that Canadians showed was nothing but contagious. Canadians were wearing at least one article of red and white clothing, whether it was a Team Canada hockey jersey, a Roots garment or the Canadian flag draped around them like a cape, we definitely stood out. Though the event I was there to see was the Men’s Skier Cross, the vibe in downtown Vancouver was certainly an event on its own.
Skier Cross was an inaugural event at the 2010 Games, the sport is similar to Boarder Cross with four skiers racing side-by-side down a course filled with banked turns and jumps. After watching the sport for a couple of years, this was a great opportunity to watch it live at the Olympics and support Goldenite local, Dave Duncan, compete. Skier Cross is an exhilarating sport where anything can and does happen. This was the case for Duncan, unfortunately he broke his collar bone during training and was not able to compete in the event. However, Duncan was still involved in the event as a commentator which he excelled at. In reference to the Olympic Motto: “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (faster, higher, stronger) the games are inspiring however one participates. The dream continues for Duncan in Sochi, Russia 2014. You can see a clip of the Skier Cross event and a few words by Duncan on www.tourismgolden.com/about/videogallery/locals