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GOLDEN MOMENTS 1964 Innsbruck Olympic gold medallist Doug Anakin of Windermere helped engineer the greatest upset in the history of the four-man bobsled. See inside to find out how they did it.
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January 22, 2010
Students learn from Olympics By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Students at Windermere Elementary School anxiously await each day’s mail to find out which Olympic nation has mailed them a flag. In a project involving the entire student body, Principal Steve Bentley explained, students split into groups and requested flags from foreign embassies in Ottawa. More than 75 countries have responded so far and the flags keep coming, he said. “It’s a way for the kids to understand that we’re just a pin-prick on the globe,” he said. Some countries have sent more than a flag, he said, including maps and brochures. The United States, he said, sent the kids mouse pads with a picture of President Barack Obama on them. “This way, the kids get to learn a lot about the world around them,” Mr. Bentley said. Ghana, one of the poorest nations in the world, he said, sent the biggest and most beautiful flag. Watch for the entire collection on display as the Olympic Torch Relay passes through Windermere.
FLAGS OF THE WORLD — Students in Brenda Oslie’s Grade 2/3 class at Windermere Elementary School show some of the flags they have received from the embassies of Olympic nations. Back row, left to right: William Hayes, Shana Walsh, Alaura Porter, Nolan Watt, Nicholas Mailo and Michael Ridge.
Middle row, left to right: Mrs. Oslie, Wolfgang Nicholas, Hailey Kwok, Jacobb Green, Weston Hatt, Christopher Ridge, and principal Steve Bentley. Front row, left to right: Cory Martin, Laine Dunlop, Brendan Daugherty and Braden Agnew. Photo by Brian Geis
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Museum exhibiting Olympic memorabilia By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff
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The Columbia Valley is rich in Olympic history – so much so, that the Windermere Valley Museum is exhibiting a display of Olympic memorabilia on loan from athletes, coaches, volunteers and broadcasters with ties to the valley. “With so many connections,” said museum curator Dorothy Blunden, “we thought we had to do it.” From Doug Anakin’s Hudson Bay blanket coat from the 1964 Innsbruck Games through to Christina Lustenberger’s coat from the 2006 Torino Games, visitors can see how styles have changed through the years. The collection includes medals, uniforms and photographs from Doug Anakin, Christine (Keshen) DuBois, Christina Lustenberger, Jacques Thibault, Ken Read, Brian Williams, Jock Wilson, Lyle Wilson and more. The museum is open during the Torch Relay and afternoons during Heritage Week, February 15th to 21st.
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ON DISPLAY — Olympic memorabilia on exhibit at the Windermere Valley Museum includes (top) coats from the Innsbruck, Sapporo and Calgary games, (right) uniforms from the Torino games and (above) a poster signed by Olympic athletes.
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Doug Anakin’s Olympic legacy lives on By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Bobsled gold medallist Doug Anakin of Invermere said he remembers competing in the 1964 Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria as if it were yesterday. He remembers the crowd cheering madly and frantically waving their Canadian flags; the anxious, sleepless nights before the team’s last run; his adrenaline boiling over as the four-man team raced down the ice-laden track; and the overwhelming joy of being part of one of the biggest upsets in bobsledding history. “The thought that we could actually win a gold medal didn’t even cross our minds until the first practice run,” Doug said. “After that we thought: ‘Hey, maybe we got something here, maybe we can do it again tomorrow.’” But the Canadian team members weren’t the only ones shocked at their results that first day. “The European teams were a little surprised – they probably
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GOLDEN GRIN –– The 1964 Olympic gold medal four-man bobsled team, including Doug, bottom right, pose by their sled.
thought it was a fluke. No one thought we were a contender for gold,” Doug said. “I think it was because we didn’t have a run to train on in Canada and we hadn’t performed that well throughout the season.” But on Friday, February 2nd, with a time of 4:14.46, the Canadian bobsled team of Peter Kirby, Doug Anakin, John Emery and Vic Emery made history when they upset the heavily-favoured Austrian team – making them the first Canadian team in history to win a gold medal in the four-man bobsled event. “I remember standing at the bottom of the run, waiting for them to post the scores, and we had to wait about 20 minutes for the other teams to come down – which was tough,” Doug said. “When the scores finally came up we all cheered, Vic threw me on his shoulders and I yelled: ‘Yippee!’ and threw my helmet in the air!” It was an incredible feat, considering Doug had been introduced to the sport just four years earlier. Continued on next page . . .
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January 22, 2010 Continued from previous page . . . He was a 30-year-old physical education teacher at Mount Royal High School in Montreal, Quebec when he first stepped into a bobled. (The terms bobsled and bobsleigh are now used interchangeably). “I was challenged by one of my friends to leave skiing on a Saturday and come to Lake Placid and try a ‘real sport,’” Doug said. “I said ‘yes’ and that was it.” Doug remembers his first trip down the bobsled track that day. He said he was excited; it was an adrenaline rush like he had never experienced before. “You just want to go faster,” he said. “There really is a feeling of abandon, a feeling of dread – you know if you make a mistake you’re going to hurt yourself or fall out of the run. You have one thing to think about and that’s exactly where are you and where is the next corner.” In 1963, Vic Emery, who had met Doug while the two were attending Queens University, asked Doug to join the amateur bobsled team. The team began to travel around Europe to various competitions. They all wore different helmets, Doug’s an old football helmet from the school he was teaching at in Montreal. “We paid for our own equipment,” he said. “We couldn’t afford to get matching helmets, we were all amateurs.” In competition, Doug was always seated second in the sled and one of his main responsibilities during a race was to help the driver. “I remember one time we hit slush on the side of the track and it splashed up and covered our goggles,” Doug said. “The driver yelled at me: ‘Goggles, goggles!’ and I had to let go of the sled to reach up and move his goggles up off his face so he could see the rest of the trip.” But, Doug said, his biggest responsibility was to
be ready to throw his weight over to either side of the sled to keep from crashing – a situation that arose for the team on the third run at the 1964 Olympics. “Our second-last run we almost crashed,” he said. “We were going around the 13th corner and the sled ran out of ice, so we all had to throw our weight over so the weight stayed on the sled and we didn’t tip.” A crash could have cost the Canadian team their gold medal, not to mention their lives. But persevering through this challenge gave the team the confidence they needed to clinch first place the following day. Continued on next page . . .
MR. ANAKIN, OUR HERO –– Upon his return to Canada, Doug was greeted by his students from Mount Royal High School in Montreal, Quebec.
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. . . Continued from previous page “We felt it was pretty well in the bag, if we could do everything the same and if nothing unforeseen happened, that is,” Doug said. And they were right. But winning an Olympic gold medal was the first in a long line of accomplishments for Doug Anakin. He represented Canada internationally in bobsled until 1967, when he made a conscious decision to settle down and raise a family. He was a pioneering force in Canadian luge,
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coaching the Canadian Olympic team at the 1972 games in Sapporo, Japan. He retired from teaching in 1990 and moved to the Columbia Valley after he came here to ski and fell in love with the place. Later that year, John Abbott College, the institution where he coached for 19 years, established the Doug Anakin Scholarship for Outdoor Pursuits which is given annually to the student that best demonstrates Doug’s traits. He is also a member of the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. Doug still resides in Invermere with his wife Mary
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January 22, 2010
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January 22, 2010
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Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting “The Taste of the Valley” • Enjoy a whole day of Winter Fun! • Start your Torch experience off with a visit to the Museum and a Torch pancake breakfast downtown. The Olympic Torch Celebration is from 10:45—1:00 and will feature talented local children as well as VANOC sponsored entertainment. • After the Olympic Torch has left town, don’t let the excitement leave. Come down to Kinsmen Beach and help us celebrate the beauty of our town in winter!
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January 22, 2010
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In advance of the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay in our communities, it is important to understand the security perimeters regarding approaching the torchbearer during the relay. According to event organizers, the torchbearer will be surrounded by members of the Torch Relay Security Team. The team is comprised of on-duty police officers tasked with ensuring the safety and security of the torchbearer, the torch and the flame. These police officers, who wear a black running suit with the Olympic Rings on the back to differentiate themselves from others, form a security “envelope” around the torchbearer. The Flame Attendants – youth representatives of the Aboriginal community – also wear black running suits, but have a gray scarf with blue designs draped across their coats. No one, including the media, is allowed within the security envelope. The security team, along with the local police, will clear a pathway for the torchbearer as the relay progresses. Officials note that maintaining the envelope can be particularly challenging in locations where the crowds are very large. Olympic organizers ask that spectators please be mindful of keeping the roadway clear on the day of the Torch Relay.
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January 22, 2010
Here’s who will carry the torch in the valley The Olympic Committee has released the following list of runners, and where they will carry the torch: • Jon McDonell, Edgewater • Herrick Cheung, Edgewater • Robert Honsberger, Edgewater • Lora Janzen, Edgewater • Ingrid Liepa, Edgewater • Michael O’Halloran, Edgewater • Sara Ng Thomson, Kootenay Park • Erik Andersson, Kootenay Park • Jessica Smith, Kootenay Park • Randall Jackson, Radium • Bob Hunter, Radium • Kerry Ellingboe, Radium • Sam McIlwain, Radium • Danilo Terra, Radium • Daniel Crossley-Wing, Radium • Sasha Eugene, Shuswap • Kelly Keating, Shuswap • Narinder Sabharwal, Invermere • Darrell Smith, Invermere • Colleen Sharp, Invermere • Megan Kinley, Invermere • Megan Sweet, Invermere • Lisa Melo, Invermere • Christine McManus, Invermere • Miles Chisholm, Invermere • Michelle Cramton, Invermere • Randy Brash, Invermere • Hanako Nagao, Invermere • Krisy Myers, Invermere • Hermann Mauthner, Invermere • Adrian Bergles, Invermere • Stephanie Sam, Invermere • Joseph Nicholas, Invermere • Linda Michel, Invermere
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January 22, 2010
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Torch Relay Advance team arrives-torch bearers are organized, speeches are made, crowd moves outside to welcome the Torch Relay Convoy. Scheduled time for first Torch Bearer to start relay. Crowd follows along and cheers on torch bearers. Crowds in Village start moving up towards canyon to meet the torch bearers as they come through the canyon. Wave flags and make lots of noise!!! Relay packs up and convoy moves on to Invermere.
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1:00 - 2:00 pm Children’s Crafts & Face Painting Children’s crafts will be set up downstairs in the Hall for those who wish to come indoors and warm up. Unique crafts to be made and fun for all ages! Children can have their face painted in support of the 2010 Olympics. Choose from Canadian flags or the 2010 Olympic inukshuk symbol.
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