Wednesday, December 22, 2004

 

Thomas Grandi Wins!

Congratulations to Thomas Grandi for Canada's first World Cup wins in men's Giant Slalom. Well done Thomas! The Whistler Weasel Workers salute you!

From the FIS web site:
Canada's Thomas Grandi tallied his second win in three days, stringing together giant slaloms in Alta Badia Sunday and Flachau Tuesday to score the only two wins of his 12-year career. An incredulous Grandi held off Didier Cuche (SUI) and Bode Miller (USA), in second and third respectively.


Wednesday, December 01, 2004

 

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Monday, November 29, 2004

 

Weasels Contribute to First World Cup Downhill

Again this year, a large contingent of Weasels travelled to Lake Louise to participate in the preparation of the course for the first downhill of the 2005 FIS World Cup season. Lead by Owen Carney and coordinators Bob Miller and Gary Taylor, over 35 experienced crew chiefs and workers spent almost two weeks working on the course for the Men's Downhill and officiating in the race that was successfully run on Nov. 27, after three training runs.

There was not much snow at Lake Louise, but the track was well covered by man-made snow and only one morning of serious shovelling was needed to build up one part of the track. Most of the Weasel effort was devoted to securing the bolt-lines of A-nets already rigged by the "Net Monkeys", placing slip-skirting on the A-nets and in placing over 5,000 meters of B-Net. There was little fresh snowfall during the run-up to the race. Prior to one training run, about an inch of "fresh" had to be "slipped" and shovelled from the course.

Prior to the training runs, there seemed to be a few more workers on the course than in prior years. Besides the usual core of Alberta and BC workers, there was again a conspicuous contingent from Australia and another from Quebec. There were a number of workers from Winnepeg and others from as far away as Germany.

Congratulations to Jan Hudec for his 8th place finish, his best result in a WC downhill. Recovering from injury, Erik Guay had a great 15th finish, and Francois Bourque also had a great result at 25th. In his first FIS WC downhill, John Kucera placed 37th. Jeff Hume had a 37th finish and Vincent Lavoie did not finish. Manuel Osborne-Paradis participated in the three training runs, but did not race.

Our heart-felt sympathies and best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Vincent Lavoie.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

 

Join the Whistler Weasel Workers

The Whistler Weasel Workers are a voluntary organization of over 400 people who support ski racing by building world-class Downhill and Super Giant Slalom race courses for World Cup, Olympic and National Championship events.

Weasel Workers have participated in every Canadian Championship and World Cup downhill event held over the years at Whistler. They have also participated in course preparation for Olympic downhills at Calgary in 1988 and at Salt Lake in 2004. They have assisted with the Lake Louise Winterstart downhill annually since 2001 and at the World Championships in Spain in xxxx. In Jan. 2005, a Weasel Worker contingent will assist with the World Championships in Bormio, Italy.

The Weasel Workers welcome new members. Come and enjoy the camaraderie, the sense of accomplishment and the personal challenge of being part of the World Cup team. We have many members who take their annual vacation and travel long distances just to participate in our 7-to-10 day course preparation binges.

We are in particular need of young men and women who will train with us for the next few years and "learn the ropes" in preparation for the 2010 Olympics, in which the Whistler Weasel Workers expect to be heavily involved.
 

Owen Carney Honoured

Owen Carney, the long time inspirational leader of the Whistler Weasel Workers was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame on Nov 13, 2004, at a ceremony held at Camp Fortune, near Hull Quebec. One of three people to be inducted in 2004, Owen was selected in recognition for his years of volunteer work in building and managing race courses and for his long-time leadership of the Weasel Workers.

Owen was Chief of Course for the Downhill for the 1988 Calgary Olympics and has been the long-standing Chief of Course for nearly all World Cup and Canadian Championship downhills held at Whistler, over the years. He has also participated in a senior capacity at the Lake Louise Winterstart downhill and led a Weasel Worker contingent to the Salt Lake Olympics.

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