Public Luge Race, Free Night Skiing and Olympic Celebrities Showcase
Canadian Winter Sports Excellence
Calgary, Alberta, Canada – February 5, 2008 – In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, the Calgary Olympic Development Association (CODA) is holding a series of events through Friday, February 17 at Canadaâ€™s flagship Olympic venue, Canada Olympic Park (COP) in Calgary.
The opening ceremonies for the grand celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. MST on Wednesday, February 13, with no shortage of Olympic flare. As the Olympic cauldron burns again, cross-country skiers will slide across the park; dual slalom skiers will criss-cross down the hill; snowboarders will ride the half-pipe; and a ski jumper will catch big air, while making their way to center stage to kick-off this giant public celebration and free ski night.
In addition to free skiing for the public, there will be big air (ski jump) demonstrations, a fireworks display, entry to the Hall of Fame, beer gardens, free hot chocolate, a Jamaican Bobsleigh-themed lounge and live music. The most unforgettable personalities of the â€™88 Winter Olympic Games will also be present including British ski jumper Eddie â€œthe Eagleâ€ Edwards, Jamaican Bobsleigh team pilot, Devon Harris, and Davis Foster, the composer of the theme song for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
Eddie â€œthe Eagleâ€ Edwards was the media fixation of 1988, when the then 24-year-old competed as the first man ever to represent Britain in an Olympic ski jumping event. Today, the public can relive his â€™88 Olympic experience on the jump by riding COPâ€™s famous zip line, North Americaâ€™s longest zip line thatâ€™s on the same Olympic ski jump tower Eddie Edwards used 20 years ago.
During the two-week celebration CODA will also showcase the Olympic Track and Canadaâ€™s sliding sport athletes with a public luge race. For $10 participants will receive instruction by Canadaâ€™s high performance luge athletes, and receive one shot at posting the fastest time on the track in a fun luge race. Scheduled for Saturday, February 17 the fastest three times of the day for men and women will win significant prize packages and a spot on the podium. All proceeds for the event will go towards supporting the Canadian luge program.
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CODA is a national leader in creating Canadian Olympic winter sport excellence from the grassroots level to the countryâ€™s best athletes. A not-for-profit organization, CODA supports national sport organizations, encourages educational opportunities and subsidizes the operation of unique training and recreation facilities used by the nationâ€™s top athletes and general public. For more information on CODA please visit www.coda.ca