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Since be­fore the 2010 Olympic Win­ter Games, the world’s fastest bob­sleigh/ skele­ton/luge track has been in Whistler; and in win­ter, vis­i­tors can ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of these high-adren­a­line sports in a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent ways. When there’s not an event or ath­lete train­ing, the Whistler Slid­ing Cen­tre (WSC) hosts pub­lic bob­sleigh and skele­ton pro­grams. Bob­sleigh par­tic­i­pants speed down the track in four-per­son sleds with a pro­fes­sional pilot, ne­go­ti­at­ing the fi­nal 10 turns and achiev­ing speeds of 125+ kilo­me­tres an hour. Skele­ton riders re­ceive in­struc­tion be­fore tak­ing two runs on the track’s fi­nal six cor­ners and reach speeds of up to 100 km/h.

This win­ter, WSC will host the world’s best bob­sleigh and skele­ton ath­letes for the 2019 IBSF World Cham­pi­onships, Feb. 25 to March 10. The event is the cul­mi­na­tion of the sea­son in the two dis­ci­plines, in which rac­ers achieve speeds of up to 145 km/h (90 mph). The event will fea­ture some 285 ath­letes from 35 coun­tries.

“It re­ally show­cases the best of the best, span­ning over a two-week pe­riod,” said Chris Dor­nan, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for Bob­sleigh Canada Skele­ton. “It be­comes a mini-Olympics of sorts for the sports of bob­sleigh and skele­ton.” The ac­tion won’t be lim­ited to the track, though. “The com­mu­nity has re­ally em­braced this fa­cil­ity since the Olympics, and an event like this cre­ates that party-like at­mos­phere,” Dor­nan said. “We’ll def­i­nitely be con­nect­ing Whistler Vil­lage to the event, with en­ter­tain­ment and events in the Vil­lage.”

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