World-class talent will return to the Whistler Sliding Centre this year as B.C. and Alberta have teamed up to bring World Cup bobsled and skeleton races back to Canada after the Olympics.
The added event gives Canada two out of three North American races this season.
Whistler will host races between Nov. 22 and 25, while Calgary is scheduled to host races between Nov. 25 and Dec. 6.
B.C. Minister of Healthy Living and Sport Ida Chong said that having a second world-class event in Canada is a big boost to the Canadian program.
“We don’t want to see that momentum (from the Olympics) slide, so we’re ready to move,” Chong said.
Bobsledder Justin Kripps, in his fourth year racing for Canada, said it’ll be great to compete at home.
“It’s really expensive for North American teams to go to Europe, and (European teams) have the advantage because six of eight events are in Europe.”