Pemberton and the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Games
Photo by Dave Steers
Steve Petrie builds the Olympic half-pipe by day -- and a BMX track for Pemberton’s local kids in his spare time.
Pemberton local Steve Petrie is as prepared for what nature throws his way during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as he can be. A snowboarder and former Whistler Blackcomb groomer, Petrie is the owner of Arena Snow Parks, which develops park and pipe features and rails for resorts and events around the world. More >
Burned out after Torino, Olympic mogul skier Kristi Richards returned to Pemberton to regroup, restore and set her sights on 2010.
In 2005, freestyle mogul skier Kristi Richards suffered a spleen injury that nearly knocked her out of competition entirely – and slashed her chances of qualifying for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. “I had to be that much more on it in the month prior to the Games to secure my spot," Richards explains. Then 24 years old, she was the first woman out of the starting gate on Torino’s opening day. When it was finally over, she had an impressive top ten finish – and a serious case of burn out. "I worked so hard to accomplish my goal of becoming an Olympian,” Richards recalls. "I was almost obsessive over my sport, and the rest of my life was put on the back burner. It was as if I lost myself in my athletic career." Today Richards keeps her balance from her home base in Pemberton, where she shares a home – and skis steep lines -- with boyfriend Mark Abma, who is a professional big mountain freeskier. More >
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