Our Canadian Operations & Finance Manager Cass has been volunteering at the Olympics doing course maintenance on Whistler’s Alpine course. Here’s an excerpt from what it’s been like for her…
Today was day 9 and this whole experience has flown by sooo quickly!
I’ve been up at the crack BEFORE dawn most mornings, and although it’s hard to get out of bed, arriving at the venue always lifts my spirits. We’re an army of blue. Little smurfs as far as the eye can see. We’re served breakfast and lunches are provided. It’s nothing fancy, but always sooo tasty!
A typical day involves heading up the gondola anywhere between 4:00 am and 7:30 am depending on whether the day is a race day or not and how much snow has fallen. The course needs to be ICY. So icy it’s scary to ski! We maintain fencing, help slide slip, work as a team to ensure everything is prepared and ready at least 1 hour before the race. Between skiers we fix gates, rake ruts and shovel snow. My crew is composed of 12 people from all over: Detroit Tom, Tom Jackson (Whistler), Tony (Arizona), Phil and Brian (Hamilton, On), Luke (Edmonton) and Chris and Christine (Toronto). It’s an eclectic crew, but I’ve had so many laughs. There’s been a lot of standing around, so these laughs have been insanity savers.
There’s only 1 race left, but mountains of work! Rolling up all the fencing, removing all the fixtures installed along the course etc etc… My last work day in this Saturday.
Whistler’s atmosphere is amazing. People everywhere, full venues, shows and cheering like I’ve never seen! I’m blown away by how much we’ve come together to show our support for everything Olympic related.
I’ve attached a few pictures for you, none too exciting, but more to come in the next few days. As well, if you want a good representation of the whole experience, two volunteers on my crew from Ontario have a blog where they are updating photos daily. It’s worth a look hereOlympics, Winter Olympics, raciing, …