Canada bidding to host 2019 World Bobsleigh and Skeleton Championships in Whistler

Image: Whistler Sliding Centre

Canada has launched a bid to bring back international bobsleigh and skeleton competitions to Whistler in 2019.

The bid is submitted by Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, the national governing body of both sports in the country. The championships are the largest event for both sports outside the Winter Olympics.

If successful, the event will be held over a two week schedule at one of the fastest tracks in the world – the Whistler Sliding Centre, built for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. There are just seventeen tracks in the world, including two in Canada and another two in the United States.

The Whistler Sliding Centre has held several international events beyond the 2010 Games including the 2008-2009 Bobsleigh and Luge World Cups and the 2013-2014 Luge World Cup. Aside from the occasional competition event, including national level competitions, the 1,450-metre long Whistler venue is also heavily used by athletes for training and is open to the public for sliding experiences.

The winning bid will be announced by the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) on June 2, 2015.

Image: Whistler Sliding Centre

Image: Whistler Sliding Centre

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