An Olympic offer not to be missed

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An Olympic offer not to be missed


by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on February 10, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 10:58 AM

WHISTLER, B.C. -- Whistler has waited decades for the Olympics and this year it's doing something out of the ordinary to get you, the every-day skier or boarder up close to the competition.

It's keeping 90 percent of the mountain open and offering you a spot next to the race course. All you need is a lift ticket.

"That would be sweet," said Robert Taylor of Canada.

Taylor didnt' know about the opportunity until we met him on the hill.

So we told him, buy a day lift ticket, which is $90 and head for the race..

"That would be sweet, if you can just watch it and not have to pay extra go through any hassles, that's pretty sweet," said Taylor.

But not everyone is buying into the bargain.

A bunch of  the locals have said they won't bother because it's basically straight down, so you see the skier for maybe five seconds.

But an NBC video engineer says its worth it.

"The fans can pull right up next the course and take a look at the competiton as it's going on. I stopped by this morning to check it out, it's really cool."

Whistler spokeswoman Tabetha Boot agrees.  She says there is a viewing pod right around the start line where people can get 10, 20, 30 yards away.

Robert says he'll give it a shot and after talking with us, he's even going to give a shout out to an Idahoan."There's an Eric Fisher from Idaho in the downhill. So when he comes up what are you going to do?" asked NewsChannel 7.

"I'm going to Google him and then I'm going to go cheer for him," said Taylor.