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This is a copy of a letter sent to John Furlong and Jack Poole of the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee.

I quite agree with the legacy that the Olympics will leave for Vancouver and Whistler. I personally believe that they will also leave a legacy for B.C. winter and summer sports as well as activities throughout B.C.

As you are aware, B.C. is fortunate to have both a summer and winter tourism industry. However, I do not think that the world – including the United States – realizes what we have to offer.

For the years proceeding the Games, Vancouver will host many tourists from throughout the world; we have a market to tap into. How? One can advertise and distribute brochures, but there is another tool we have sitting in storage somewhere in Vancouver: the old plywood model map of B.C. that used to be displayed at the PNE.

To get to my point, let’s find the model map and do some updating to show the locations of all the ski resorts throughout B.C. such as Big White, Silver Star, Apex Mountain, Mount Washington and so on. There are many that the general public and even some people in the ski industry are not aware of. Then let’s set the map up in the Vancouver International Airport.

In doing this it would show the rest of B.C.’s ski resorts that the Olympics are not just for Whistler and Vancouver. I'm sure the ski resorts would participate financially in such an undertaking.

I am willing to participate in any way that I can to see that this project succeeds. My background in skiing started 75 years ago on Grouse Mountain. I was one of 14 who built the Grouse Mountain chairlifts in 1949. I also owned my own ski shop in 1947 after serving in the RCA.

I've always felt that to have a successful Olympics, which I'm sure we will, we must always keep in perspective the citizens of B.C., and this I see the Olympic committee has done.

Sandy Martin

Whistler/Pitt Meadows

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