Albertan skier takes to the Vancouver air tonight – Metro US

Albertan skier takes to the Vancouver air tonight

The Shouldice family have experienced more at these Olympic Games than most will in a life­time, and their son Warren hasn’t even started his aerials competition yet.

Rick and Marty Shouldice have been in Vancouver since the cauldron was lit. They were there when Jennifer Heil won Canada’s first medal, they were there when Alexandre Bilodeau won Canada’s first gold on home soil, and you can rest assured they’ll be there when their son starts his Olympic journey tonight.

“It’s absolutely fabulous because we normally don’t get a chance to watch him at World Cups,” said Marty Shouldice, Warren’s mom. “Although we haven’t seen him, we’re taking in the whole Olympic experience.”

Rick and Marty haven’t seen their son since they arrived on Feb. 11.

Warren, who lives in Calgary, flew in on Tuesday and has been staying at the athletes village with the other Olympians. “He phoned us yesterday and he was playing ping-pong with Sidney Crosby, Ovechkin and some of the other hockey players,” said Warren’s father, Rick.

“Apparently Crosby isn’t much of a ping-pong player because Warren said he beat him pretty good.”

The men’s aerials qualifying round goes at 7 p.m. tonight. The top 12 aerialists qualify for the medal round on Thursday.

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