There is always so much to do in and around the lower mainland that there never seems to be enough time to sit behind the computer and blog about what we have been doing here at Q. Last year included great events like the Test of Metal, the Stanley Park Open, the Kelowna Across the Lake Swim, and the Western Canadian Squash Doubles to name just a few. There is a lot of activity and even more fun to be had.
This weekend we were at the Whistler Sliding Center for a gorgeous day of racing on the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup Circuit.
Unless you're a professional photographer it is pretty hard to catch the racers as they go by at speeds of up to 150km/h. We barely caught this sled before it was out of the frame.
As always, the Whistler community was out in full support of these athletes who came from all over the world, including Latvia, Korea, Romania and more. We were all treated to phenomenal races with numerous track records being set. We even saw a few crashes and for the uninitiated those crashes are intense and frightening. Every time the athletes simply got up and walked away from their overturned sleds. Sliding takes strength, power and obviously a lot of courage.
Of course, Canadian fans were well represented and cheering for good reason. In two man bobsleigh Olympic gold medalist Kaillie Humphreys and team mate Melissa Lotholz set a new track record and took first place, extending their lead on the World Cup circuit. On the men's side Canadians Christopher Spring and Lascelles Brown took first place as well, making it an exceptional night for the home side.
We had a great time with the sliding community and the folks at Whistler Sports Legacies who maintain the track and put on this awesome event!