Hot Wax The little daily for the FIS Nordic Festival 2009 Wednesday, January 14 Nordic Festival Bio Nordic Festival Overview Nordic Combined, January 16-17, 2009 Cross-Country Skiing, January 16-18, 2009 Ski Jumping, January 24-25, 2009 Looking ahead: Tomorrow’s Events Cross-Country Skiing Schedule 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Training Nordic Combined Schedule 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Training Ski Jumping Linda Jackson – Workforce Team Crew member 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Training You might have had a long conversation with Linda Cross-Country Skiing Jackson and not even know it. Hers is one of the friendly voices at the Volunteer Information Centre. Maybe she was the person who conducted your first The Greening of the Festival volunteer interview. Or perhaps you met her working behind the scenes with a hospital society, a hospice Bring a thermos or refillable water bottle. society or a community volunteer organization. Did Recycle as much waste as possible. we mention that Linda Jackson volunteered more than 900 hours in 2008? Limit the amount of paper you use. Join a car pool wherever possible. “I just love to volunteer,” she says. But not just any kind of volunteering. “Not frontline. I am very much hands-on-get-the-job-done.” Wellness Tip! True to her word, you can find Linda Jackson at the Festival’s Workforce team tent. She might be the volunteer who greets you at check-in. Or it’ll be her Comedian Dave Thomas says his wife once picking up garbage or setting up tables or shoveling accused him of treating his body as a means of a path into the tent. moving his head from room to room. Stretching helps reduce the likelihood of injury. Stretching is Her path in life was set early in adulthood during a especially important if your role requires long four-year trip around the world where she learned to become resourceful – and helpful. She loves to be periods of standing, sitting or repetitive motion. busy. She giggles and rocks back in her seat. “If Bonus: not only will you feel smarter than Dave, necessary I’m sure I’ll hand out a bandage or two.” you’ll feel great! Please re-use or recycle this newsletter. The information in this newsletter is accurate as of distribution time. The Callaghan Valley The site of the FIS Nordic Festival 2009 is the Callaghan Valley. People visit the Callaghan to bike, hike, fish, canoe and kayak in the summer – and snowmobile, ski and snowshoe in the winter. And oh, what a winter! Whistler Olympic Park receives an annual average snow pack of 275 centimetres. All that snow translates into roughly 150 days of skiing each year. The subalpine terrain lends itself to the type of technically-challenging course that designer John Aalberg had in mind when he first saw the area. In order to traverse this terrain, a cross-country skier has to be able to master every single technique the sport has to offer. There’s no place to hide. Pocket Digest: Cross-Country Ancient paintings discovered in Russia in the 1930s show a hunter in pursuit of reindeer. The paintings, which clearly show the hunter on skis, are believed to be six thousand years old. By the 1700s the Norwegian army was holding cross-country ski competitions and civilians were holding their own competitions by the mid-1800s. It’s no surprise that the man who designed Whistler Olympic Park was born and raised in Norway. You can read all about the man who designed the course – two-time Olympian John Aalberg – in tomorrow’s issue of Hot Wax. Cross-country skiing was first included in the Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix, France, in 1924, in 18-kilometre and 50-kilometre races for men. Ladies’ cross-country skiing made its debut at the Oslo 1952 Olympic Winter Games. The cross-country skiing technique known as skating or free technique became a separate Olympic competitive discipline at the Calgary 1988 Winter Games. Hot Eats – Meet Chef Stewart No matter how dedicated you are, let’s face it, when it comes to food…we all manage to find the time to appreciate the break. Stewart Stolarski, Food and Beverage Manager, approached Hot Wax with a great idea: at the end of every day he’ll let our little newsletter know what’s on the menu the next day. So each morning, when you pick up your menu voucher, read this newsletter to find out what it buys you. Now that’s cooking with gas. Or is that the wrong metaphor? At the end of the day… When you’re finished your shift, please check with your supervisor before leaving and make sure you know when you’re working next. Once your supervisor says it’s okay to go, you’re free to leave! Please re-use or recycle this newsletter. The information in this newsletter is accurate as of distribution time.