The Resort Municipality of Whistler has big plans to celebrate the 2014 Olympics starting Feb. 7.
The village will be bustling with events every day for two weeks during the Winter Games. The action will centre around Whistler Olympic Plaza, where a large screen TV broadcasting the events will be set up for daily viewing from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. The festivities are meant to show support for athletes and rekindle the Olympic spirit of 2010, said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
“First of all, there are some Whistler residents who are athletes participating in the Games, so we wanted to support those athletes,” Wilhelm-Morden said. “Secondly, I was so proud of the work that Whistler did hosting the 2010 Games. Celebrating the Sochi Games just reminds us of 2010 and how proud we all were to be part of hosting it, along with Vancouver.”
Celebrations begin on Feb. 7 with the broadcast of the opening ceremonies and a "2010 reunion." The events will be screened starting at 8 a.m. with free skating all day, street hockey at the plaza and an Olympic cake. Participants are encouraged to wear 2010 uniforms and come out to cheer.
On Feb. 10, 12, 17 and 19, catch the Family Aprčs from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Events will include Olympic sport demonstrations and live music at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Lay it Down with BC Luge, meanwhile, will run Feb. 10, 12 and 15 at the plaza, featuring live demonstrations with coaches and athletes from B.C. Luge from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. There will also be some swag up for grabs.
Whistler Olympian Julia Murray will be hosting the We Are Olympians Breakfast with her line of cereal, Jules Fuel, on Feb. 15. There will also be pancakes and bacon with a $5 minimum donation. Proceeds will go to Murray's charity of choice, Whistler Mountain Ski Club. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Test your bobsleigh skills from Feb. 19 to 22 at the plaza. Participants will get a chance to try the challenging start scenario of a real bobsledder. Can you move a bobsleigh 50 metres in five seconds? Come find out from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
The Fire & Ice show might be a regular Sunday night event in Whistler, but during the Winter Games, they're kicking it up a notch. Special guests and a supersized fireworks show will close off the festivities on Feb. 23. Catch the spectacle at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday at Skier's Plaza.
During the entire two weeks, the Whistler Village Vibe will run throughout the Village all day. Flags will be up for grabs from village hosts, participants can pose for a picture with a mini-ice cleaner on display and then follow a 2010 Games Experience map to guide them on a tour of the 2010 Olympic venues.