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Just like the Olympic Motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius", the Altius Nordic Ski Club strives for its athletes to be "Faster, Higher, Stronger".

The Nordic Ski Hoppers program is geared towards “FUN and FUNDAMENTALS”. Participants are exposed to a broad range of sports and activities and cross training, including each of the Nordic disciplines. A supportive and positive environment is provided for all participants, with an emphasis on participation.

The Altius focus highlights overall physical development, enhances healthy lifestyles and leadership abilities in each participant. It also provides the base and introduces an opportunity for long-term athlete development in the sports of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined skiing.

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CANADIAN SKI JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD IN CALGARY SEPT. 26

posted Sep 18, 2015, 2:36 PM

September 17, 2015 ⎯ Calgary, Alberta

Canada’s best ski jumpers will soon gather in Calgary for the HUB Canadian Nationals and the AVIVA Canadian Invitational.

“This promises to be a very exciting competition,” says Tom Reid, Chair of Ski Jumping Canada. “On the men’s side, we have Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, Canada’s current top male ski jumper. After a brief retirement, Mac returned to ski jumping with a vengeance to take one more shot at the Olympics. He’ll be challenged by several younger jumpers who have made great progress in the past year.” As for the ladies, the talent pool has considerably deepened since Women’s ski jumping finally became an Olympic sport for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. “Taylor Henrich finished 13th at the Sochi games and Atsuko Tanaka placed 15th,” says Reid. “Last year, Taylor made Canadian history by becoming the first woman to reach the podium in two World Cup competitions winning bronze in each. A remarkable achievement and she’s just getting started.” Reid says the next wave of Canadian women ski jumpers looks even more promising. “We have five young female jumpers who have been soaring in the past year,” he says. “These young ladies are outjumping nearly everyone in their respective age categories. Any one of them could podium at the Canadian Nationals. It’s going to be very exciting.” The HUB Canadian Nationals and the AVIVA Canadian Invitational will take place in Calgary on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Canada Olympic Park. For more information, please contact: Tom Reid Chair, Ski Jumping Canada Cell: 403-669-0630 Email: tom_reid@avivacanada.com


CALGARY WILL BID FOR 2026 WINTER GAMES

posted Sep 16, 2015, 2:37 PM

With Toronto’s Olympic hopes extinguished, focus turns to whether Quebec City or Calgary will bid for 2026 Winter Games

According to sources, Toronto Mayor John Tory will officially extinguish the dream of hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics in Canada’s largest metropolis during a scheduled announcement on Tuesday.

In truth, Toronto faced high odds of yet another rejection from the International Olympic Committee with European cities like Paris, Rome, and Hamburg in the race along with a strong American pitch from Los Angeles. And that’s if the Toronto bid could have even survived council, with taxpayers sending the message loud and clear that they wanted no part of the estimated $50 to $60 million cost purely just to bid.

And so with the Toronto pipe dream out of the way, Canadians best turn their focus to the political battle brewing over bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Quebec City vs. Calgary – and this donnybrook is shaping up to be anything but pretty.

For as long as anyone can remember, Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut has waxed poetic about the Olympics coming to Quebec City.

“I’ve attended the last 12 Olympic Games,” Aubut told En Route Magazine for an article that ran in July. “I have fond memories of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer. There was such an intimate, family-like atmosphere in this small Norwegian city, and we were so warmly received by the locals.

“Quebec City is the only other place where we could create a similar experience.”

Just last week, Aubut told Postmedia: “It’s time for the east part of the country and time for Toronto and time for summer sport.”

As it turns out, this clearly is not the time for Toronto and it’s not time for Canada to pursue a Summer Olympics.

But we can safely assume Aubut still fancies the five-ring circus pitching its tent in the eastern part of the country – specifically, in his home province of Quebec.

On July 9, Aubut welcomed IOC president Thomas Bach to Montreal for what was called “Canada Olympic Excellence Day.” In a lavish display, the Olympic rings were raised over the downtown Montreal headquarters of the Canadian Olympic Committee, making it the only building outside of Lausanne, Switzerland permitted to display the Olympic rings.

In many ways, Calgary is seen as the heartbeat of the Canadian Olympic movement due to the sheer number of Olympians training at the legacy facilities from the 1988 Winter Games.

The Canadian Olympic Committee has no offices west of Toronto.

But behind the scenes in Calgary, Postmedia has learned business and community leaders have been quietly meeting for more than 18 months about preparing a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

If Los Angeles can bid, and possibly win, a second Olympics, the decision-makers in Calgary figure they can do the same and limit costs by using at least some of the facilities still in place from 1988.

The Olympic Oval, on the University of Calgary campus, would need a major upgrade. Same goes for the bobsleigh track, which is like a kiddie waterslide in the West Edmonton Mall waterpark compared to tracks like the Whistler Sliding Centre.

But Calgary has no problem finding a mountain suitable for the Olympic downhill with the Rockies on the doorstep (the lack of an alpine venue is a major sticking point for Quebec City, as the men’s downhill is akin to the men’s 100-metres in track and field for Olympic purists.)

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is no fan of using public dollars to build a new arena for the National Hockey League Calgary Flames or stadium for the Canadian Football League Calgary Stampeders. The Calgary Sport & Entertainment Corporation, which owns the Flames and Stampeders, officially unveiled plans last month for a $900-million arena, fieldhouse and stadium on the outskirts of downtown.

If the new mega-facility is tied to the Olympics – and creating a lasting legacy for the community – sources say Nenshi might be open to such a proposal.

The power brokers in Calgary are well aware of Aubut’s feelings on Quebec City and the Olympics. They know they’ve got a fight on their hands if they choose to proceed.

Quebec City made a failed bid to host the 2002 Winter Olympics, which the International Olympic Committee awarded to Salt Lake City.

The city tried again to present a candidacy for the 2010 Games but the Canadian Olympic Committee chose Vancouver as the country’s candidate.

A la prochaine…

Calgary Herald

VICKI HALL, POSTMEDIA NEWS