From the Canadian Press
July 26, 2007 at 10:23 PM EDT
At the $119.7-million Nordic venue, a construction crane working on installing the ski jumps peeked over the top of trees like a bird out of a nest. The facility, nestled among snow-covered mountains, will also host cross-country skiing, biathlon and Nordic combined.
“We're taking three events and putting them in one venue,” John Aalberg, the venue's director of sports, said as he swatted to keep a squadron of hungry mosquitoes away. “I think that's the first time in Olympic history that has happened.”
The facility, at the end of long, winding road about 20 kilometres from Whistler, covers one square kilometre of space. Within that area will be 15 kilometres of competition trails carved out of thick forest.
“I've spent some quality time with most of the trees around here,” joked Aalberg, who cross-country skied at two Olympics for the USA.
Read the full article: Whistler venues will be finished by Christmas
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