Vancouver 2010: The Whistler Sliding Centre

Vancouver Sliding CentreFrom vancouver2010.com:

The Whistler Sliding Centre will host the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton competitions at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and will also serve as a legacy for the enjoyment of local residents, visitors and high-performance athletes.

The venue is situated on Blackcomb Mountain, complementing the other adventure-oriented activities the area offers. Post-Games, the facility will operate as a centre for high-performance development, youth and recreational club programming, and tourist and public admissions (passenger rides and tours), building the legacy of the 2010 Winter Games.

Construction began in June 2005, with the track operationally complete in winter 2007-08. The construction program included a 1,450-metre concrete track, track weather protection system, two athlete start buildings, five facility support buildings, control and timing system, a refrigeration plant and access road system. The formal public opening took place in fall 2008.

  • One of only 16 international competition sliding tracks in the world.
    Highest vertical drop from top to low point of any track in the
    world: 152 metres.
  • Track G-force is expected to reach 5.02 Gs (men’s luge).
  • A thin, two- to five-centimetre ice surface is produced and
    maintained by hand.

Click here for more information on The Whistler Sliding Centre.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: