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Paralympic Events: All the Paralympic events, except the ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling events, are to be held in Whistler. Ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling will be held in Vancouver. Any upgrades needed are included in the budgets for the venues.

Whistler athletes to watch for

Alpine Skiing — Siblings Britt and Michael Janyk have made the most headlines lately, with Britt earning two medals already this season, but the strong rookie performance by Robbie Dixon is also worth noting. Manuel Osborne-Paradis doesn’t live here, but came here to train every weekend with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club.

Britt, Dixon and Osborne-Paradis specialize in speed events, while Michael’s top event is the slalom.

Snowboarding — Most members of the freestyle halfpipe teams either live or train in Whistler, including Brad Martin, Crispin Lipscomb and Justin Lamoureux on the men’s team, and Mercedes Nicoll and Katie Tsuyuki on the women’s side. For snowboardcross, Whistler’s top prospect is Maëlle Ricker on the women’s side, and part-time Whistler rider Drew Neilson for the men. Tom Velisek also recently relocated to Squamish to be close to Whistler and the Olympic venue at Cypress. No members of the alpine team call Whistler home, although Alexa Loo on the women’s team did live here for several years and often comes here to train.

Freestyle — On the moguls team, Whistler’s top prospect is Sylvia Kerfoot, a past Olympian who continues to improve as each season goes on. With the addition of ski cross the the Olympics, Whistler’s contingent now includes Davey Barr, Brian Bennett, Ashleigh McIvor, Julia Murray (daughter of Whistler’s Dave Murray and Stephanie Sloan), and Alyssa Wilson.

Skeleton — Newcomers Steve Delane and Angela Shoniker are not on the team officially, but are working to be included in time for 2010.

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