Skiis & Biikes is celebrating the Whistler Olympics by helping out. The owner, Paul Montgomery his 3 children, Devin, Gillian and Alexis are all sippers on the Mens alpine events. This means they help the 150 other slippers keep the course smooth and safe for all the athletes. Paul's wife Sharon is course maintenance on the men's alpine and Paul's father (84 yrs old) is working in the Whistler athlete village. This blog is to give you a behind the scenes look at what goes into the biggest and best show on earth.
The games are over - 14 golds for Canada - we really did own the podium, the part that counts, the top. Our country should be truly proud of our athletes, the organizers of the games and the City of Vancouver, Whistler, and the Province of British Columbia. The whole world was watching and they delivered. I will be forever grateful for being a small part of it and will never forget the friends I made and the experiences I had.
The pic is Monty, Gillian, Sharon, Alexis, Paul & Devin Montgomery - we all volunteered and we are very glad we did - thank you Vanoc
Feb 28 - Hockey day - we sent the afternoon watching the gold hockey game in the main square of Whistler with 4000 of our now best friends - the energy and excitement of the crowd was over whelming - total patriotism - everyone was proud to be Canadian and sang the anthem loud and proud - it was a moment that will be remembered forever and I was lucky enough to share it with my whole family
Feb 27 was Men's Slalom - lots of work again for the prep crew - the pic shows the crew as they descend on the course after each racer - this is only from the start to the first drop off (Boyd's Chin) about 1/3 of the course
Pic below is Alexis and Gillian waiting to slip the GS - Eric Guay is in the background getting his boots cooled down with snow packs to make them stiffer - Alexis was my wing man and Gill and a young local guy were teamed up - we had to go fast as the intervals were very short and the distance we had to cover was lots.
Feb 20 - Gill and Alexis got here from McGill on the night of the 18th and started slipping on the 19th then slipped with me on the 21st for the men's Super Combined. Gill and Devin teamed up and Alexis and I teamed - we slipped one team after the other - as chief of race called us the Montgomery team. Sharon was on the side of the hill racking. The race was amazing, especially the slalom which was up close and personal.
The pic is Alexis, Devin and Gill waiting to slip the men's DH portion of the Super combined
Feb 19 - Men's SG - perfect day - sunny and solid snow. Slipped three times down the course - pretty cool with 8,000 people screaming - not for the slippers! - followed Bodie, and some Austrians and Coratian guy - very intense and very fast as we had to slip after every racer and the later guys had 1 minute intervals.
Pic is the final score board of the Men's SG - notice the difference between 2nd and 5th - in distance about 24"