Can you believe the Whistler 2010 Olympic Games is celebrating its first milestone? Ten years ago (on February 12th) the Whistler community came together for an unparalleled opportunity as Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Now, it’s time for the community to come together again as we remember the celebrations, memories and pride.
As part of that, we thought it would be fun to share some of our Whistler Real Estate Company agent’s favorite memories from the 2010 Olympics. Many of them were here not only participating in the events but volunteering or had family members who were competing (and placing on the podium!).
It was an exciting time for everyone involved, but particularly for our agents who have deep roots in the Whistler community.
In their own words, here are their memories from the Whistler 2010 Olympics:
“My favorite memory of the Olympics was lining up in the early morning hours to get into Citta’s (now The Beacon) to watch the Canadian Hockey Game. Canada Wins, the crowd goes wild and Blue Rodeo plays… it may, in fact, be the best day ever! So patriotic – the noise and energy that came after that winning goal can never be replicated.
Second to that, was when Jon Montgomery became one of the best-known Canadian athletes of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games when he won gold (in Men’s Skeleton) and did the winning gold walk through Whistler Village with a pitcher of beer!”
“One of my favourite memories of the Whistler 2010 Olympics was watching the first couple periods of the Gold Medal Hockey Game with Jim Cuddy at The Longhorn and then watching him and the rest of Blue Rodeo play in Village Square after Canada won. The second was celebrating Ashleigh McIvor’s hometown win!” (read more about this below from Keith McIvor’s perspective)
“My daughter and Ray’s stepdaughter, Julia Murray competed in the 2010 Olympics. Her Dad was Crazy Cannuck, Dave Murray, who was also an Olympian competing in the ’76 Innsbruck Olympics and the ’80 Lake Placid Olympics. Julia is a born and bred Whistlerite who grew up dreaming that she might be in the Olympics someday.
The dream came true – in her hometown and in an event that evolved from her ski racing career, Ski Cross.
Julia also carried the torch – as part of her Dad’s Legacy. She was on the second to last leg – standing above the crowds on the jump with Crazy Cannuck, Steve Podborski.”
“The 2010 games were an amazing time for us as our daughter, Julia Murray, was competing for Canada as a ski cross athlete. Sitting in 3rd place in the World Cup Standings she suffered a knee injury in late January at the last World Cup event before the Olympics in Lake Placid. Through hard work and determination, she was able to get back on skies on February 18th and compete on the 23rd. We were down at Cypress for the event, as she approached the start gate her name was announced and the crowd went wild! An amazing moment that still gives me chills. We were then and still remain, incredibly proud of her.
Another memory of the 2010 Olympic Games is:
“We were at Canada Place here in Whistler to watch the gold medal hockey game with a few hundred other proud Canadians. We watched on the edge of our seats as Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in overtime, then we all spilled out onto the plaza to watch Blue Rodeo perform. As they hit the stage the sun came out and the crowd passed around an enormous Canadian flag! Such an amazing time.”