It was a busy week at home with all sorts of festivities surrounding the 1 Year Countdown to the Olympic Games. My medal at Cypress caught the attention of several TV and radio networks. The week started out with a celebration in the Village Square to let the community know about the plans for it as ‘Celebration Plaza’, a place to present locals with their medals after the Olympic Events. Davey, Aleisha and I were the local medallists at Cypress, so they had us speak about what it would be like to celebrate an Olympic medal right there with our friends and family. Here is a bit of what I said:
“...it would be such an honour. This is an amazing opportunity and we are SO fortunate to have the support we’re seeing now that Skicross is an Olympic sport. Our friends and family know how much we have put into this -- even before we had coaches and ski techs and funding -- so they would be extremely proud to see us realize our dreams. These seemed like far-off dreams until I was standing on the podium at Cypress the other day, at the bottom of the Olympic course. That’s when it hit me that I actually have a good shot at winning an Olympic medal one year from now. ”
CBC’s coverage of the finals in the race at Cypress were played up on the big screen for everyone to see, as we called out the play-by-play. I also participated in the Cake Cutting with Mayor Ken Melamed at the Main Stage.
Over the next couple of days I had interviews, some of which were live interviews, with the following shows:
CBC News: Vancouver at Six
City TV with Host Greg Harper
CBC Early Edition (Radio) with Host Rick Cluff
CBC News: Today
The Bill Good Show, CKNW Radio
Pontiac World of Skiing
Global National with Kevin Newman (walkabout through the village for The National at 5:30pm Saturday)
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