Best of Whistler 2012: Sports & Recreation 

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Best of Whistler 2012 - Sports & Recreation

Best of Whistler 2012 - Sports & Recreation

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In Whistler, boot fitters are revered and for good reason. Anyone who has ever suffered for months or years with uncomfortable ski boots, and then had a pair professionally fitted knows those reasons all too well.

Top of the list in this year's Best of Whistler was George McConkey from McCoo's, followed by Kevin Ahearn at FanatkykCo and Sam McDonald at Surefoot.

What Sport Would You Most Like To See In The Olympics

Given all the new sports added in recent years — ski halfpipe, ski and snowboard slopestyle, team luge, team figure skating, women's ski jumping, women's boxing, BMX, kite surfing, ski cross, etc. — we thought it would be interesting to ask people what's missing from the Games.

The top answer was hockey . I know what you're going to say, that hockey is in the Olympics already, but it's still unknown whether the NHL will give leave for players to join the Olympics in 2014.

The topic was being negotiated before the NHL lockout, and has fallen to the wayside now that the owners and players have bigger things to worry about.

Whatever happens, there will be hockey at the 2014 Games — but whether NHL players will be in the tournament is yet to be decided.

Second on the list is downhill mountain biking, a sport that most agree has been overlooked for far too long. The IOC has turned down the sport based on the terrain requirements, although mountain bike advocates suggest that they can work around that by hosting the event on the nearest slope.

Third went to skateboarding, a sport that the IOC has rejected in the past and doesn't yet consider to be a recognized sport with a credible international federation. It won't be on the schedule for 2016 unless another sport sanctions it or the Rio organizing committee pushes for it, but there's an outside chance it could be in the Games by 2020.

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