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Rob Boyd, the winner of a downhill World Cup in Whistler in 1989 and the captain of the Whistler Freeride Team, remains our favourite athlete.
Whistlers John Ryan, a paraplegic who crossed the country by pedal bike to raise money for spinal cord research, was a second.
Ross Rebagliati, the first Olympic snowboard champion, was third.
Other names include Canadian junior downhill mountain bike champion Jeff Beatty; World Cup contenders Britt Janyk and Emily Brydon (whos from Fernie); local mountain bike stars Chad Miles, Will Routley and Lisa Dickson; the late Crazy Canuck Dave Murray; Snowboarders Andy Cantelon, Kristy Yzerman, Tim Orr, Darren Chalmers, and Chris Dufficy; World Cup ski legend Nancy Greene, and long-distance runner and triathlete Mae Palm.
Health & Fitness
Staying fit and healthy isnt easy in a town where the beer is always flowing, the nachos come in platters the size of hub caps, and a basket of fruit is more expensive than a cheese fondue. And if were not eating and drinking, were clipping into bindings and launching ourselves off cliffs.
It would be easy to surrender to the temptation, but on the whole we do a good job taking care of ourselves. For most of us, health and fitness are a big part of why were here in the first place.
Best Fitness Facility
We havent seen a landslide like this since the last provincial election the Meadow Park Sports Centre is the number one fitness facility. The Whistler Creek Athletic Club, a.k.a. "the Pumphouse" was a distant second.
The Chateau Whistler facilities were third.
The great outdoors, Whistler Mountain, Peak Performance Physical Therapy, Bikrams Neoalpine Yoga, and Great Wall Underground also received votes.
While there wasnt a runaway winner in this category, its refreshing to see from the number of votes cast that were at least taking our dental health seriously, no matter how little we may actually floss, or how much we may be bleed.
Dr. John Roberts in Creekside got 19 votes, while Dr. James McKenzie got 18. Tami Bexton was third, and Dr. Michael Rivera and Bruce McAlpine also received votes.
Whistler doctors are literally the glue that keeps this town together sewers of stitches, wrappers of gauze, setters of casts, dispensers of creams, pills, and syrups. If were particularly accident or illness prone, we get to sample several doctors and to choose our favourites.
Dr. Karin Kausky got the most nods, followed by Dr. Lauren Shaw. Dr. Adam Kendall was a close third.
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