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Vancouver Winter Games 2010 - 17. December 2007.

Pride in a Job Well Done

A welder works on the sliding track in Whistler.
A welder works on the sliding track in Whistler.

Whistler Creekside, Whistler Olympic Park and The Whistler Sliding Centre are a success thanks to the hard work and diligence of construction crews. These venues will stage one of the greatest spectacles in sport – an Olympic and Paralymic Games.

Sliding to perfection

Justin Lessard believes his memories of 14-hour work days and the discovery of grey hairs will melt away when he watches the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events of the 2010 Winter Games. Lessard is a quality control supervisor for Concrete USL (1983) Ltd. While working on the construction of the sliding track at The Whistler Sliding Centre, Lessard recalls some sleep-deprived nights spent grappling with details in his head.

Lessard also helped construct the sliding track for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, applying what he learned there to the Whistler sliding track.

In Whistler he worked closely with a core crew of about 60 workers to ensure that the sloping and curving contours of steel and concrete were within one to three millimetres of the planned course. If they were off by the width of a single human hair, there would be potential for accidents on the icy run. No pressure.

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