Saturday, December 04, 2004

Rats and friends

I should preface this post with a disclaimer.

Some of my colleagues in Timing and Communications are less than enamoured with the moniker "rats" as a nickname for our crew, but I think it's kinda cool.

Here's a picture of the Timing crew (Communications is an integral part/facility of timing), and friends from SWATCH, who worked this year's Women's Downhill and Super "G" races at Lake Louise.

The chopper the gang is standing in front of is the one used by Parks Canada Wardens when they airlift injured athletes.

Here's a picture I took a couple of years ago (and posted to this blog) of a practice run with the chopper.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Winterstart Timing and Communications Rats

There's another animal at Lake Louise.

On Murray's prompting, I've mocked-up a logo for the denizens of the Timing and Communications crew for each year's World Cup.

We've now got sleddogs and rats....

I promised Randy this morning that I'd get to work on one for his monkeys (the name of the Net Crew, aka riggers/"hire wire act" that string the "curtains" and "fishnets" you see on the CBC broadcasts.

The Net Monkeys are another of the unsung but key components of the success of each year's races.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Winterstart Discussion

Here's a link to a "Kudos and Beefs" bulletin board I've put together for the volunteers at World Cup.

I'm hoping that we get some discussion going regarding "life at the Lake." If that doesn't work, maybe the "Ask a Sleddog a Question" thread will generate some posts ;-)

As always, watch this space for details.

World Cup Winterstart -- 2004

Today we had the second training run of the Women's Downhill at Lake Louise. The temperature dropped 10 degrees over the time of the race and the track became lightning quick.

Many of the competitors (and some volunteers) had difficulties on the course today. One of the athletes injured today was Canada's Sophie Splawinski.
Get well soon Sophie. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.