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CBC.ca: WinSport chef on her growing love for food - September 19, 2015
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Executive chef Liana Robberecht talks about her involvement in the larger food community in Calgary.

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CTV News Calgary: Staycation fun at WinSport - July 7, 2015
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Reporter Lane Fraser tries a variety of summer activities at WinSport, from ziplining to mountain biking and more! WinSport is a great vacation destination year round!

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Calgaryherald.com: New chef at WinSport as Liana Robberecht moves from Petroleum Club - May 11, 2015
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Liana Robberecht has lead the culinary team at the Calgary Petroleum Club for more than a dozen years and is now making a move to the kitchens at WinSport as the new executive chef.

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Global News Calgary: WinSport offers free skiing to Castle Mountain Pass Holders - February 19, 2015
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High temperatures and a lack of snow forced an early season closure of Castle Mountain Resort earlier this week. Castle Mountain Pass Holders can now ski or snowboard at WinSport Canada Olympic Park for free for the rest of the season. 

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CTV News Calgary: Never too old to learn - January 21, 2015
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Adult learn to skate program at WinSport.

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Calgaryherald.com: Team Canada dominates WFG Continental Cup at Markin MacPhail Centre - January 11, 2015
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Team Canada celebrates with the Continental Cup at the Markin McPhail Centre in Calgary on Sunday.

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CTV News Calgary: Lessons Available at WinSport - October 30, 2014
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WinSport is part of the Calgary Snow Show that kicks off this weekend at Spruce Meadows. Brush up on your skiing by taking a lesson before hitting the slopes. 

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Breakfast Television: Legacy Gala - September 15, 2014
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The 2nd Annual Legacy Gala is coming to WinSport on September 25, 2014 to raise funds for talented youth hoping to become the next generation of Canadian top tier athletes.

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Calgary Sun: WinSport offers Olympic-like training to the masses - February 8, 2014 
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WinSport is teaming up with the Canadian Sport Institute to bring Olympian-calibre training to the masses at the Performance Training Centre.

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Canmoreleader.com: Nordic Centre unveils new training tech - September 12, 2012
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CANMORE - The Canmore Nordic Centre has unveiled two new pieces of technology aimed at giving Canada’s Olympic Nordic athletes a leg up on the competition.
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Calgaryherald.com: Canadian Nordic teams stand to benefit from costly new treadmill - September 12, 2012
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As product launches go, the one staged by the newly branded Canadian Nordic Consortium and Own The Podium on Wednesday at the Canmore Nordic Centre certainly paled in terms of worldwide attention to the one put on by Apple at the same time, some 1,600 kilometres to the south.
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CBC.ca: WinSport Canada offers free skiing for Calgary school kids - May 31, 2012
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WinSort Canada wants to get more kids active by offering a free day on the ski hill at Canada Olympic Park to Calgary elementary school kids. The organization said Wednesday it is offering to pay for lessons, a lift ticket and equipment rentals to students between Grades 1 and 6.
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660 News: WinSport gets the kids on the hill - May 31, 2012
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The day after Canadian kids were given a failing grade when it comes to physical activity, WinSport Canada is unveiling a new program for schools, offering elementary children the chance to spend a day on the ski hill.
WinSport picks up the tab for it all.
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Calgary Sun: WinSport offers up free ski day for Calgary kids - May 31, 2012
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Thousands of Calgary kids are expected to hit the slopes next winter and WinSport Canada's picking up the tab.
The sport institute announced Wednesday it will provide a free ski or snowboard day to Calgary students in Grades 1-6 in an attempt to promote physical activity and show off its new and improved school program.
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Calgary Herald: WinSport to offer elementary school students free day on COP slopes - May 31, 2012
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WinSport Canada has revealed a revamped winter program for elementary schools, which includes a free day on the slopes - on the heels of a national report warning of a decline in kids' activity levels.
WinSport president Dan O'Neill said he was stunned by the findings, adding, they support the offer of a free day at Canada Olympic Park.
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Calgary Herald: Running addiction drives Calgarian - May 9, 2012
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Just call Benard Onsare the Good Will Hunting of Canada Olympic Park.
The 29-year-old custodian mops floors and cleans windows at the training base for much of the Canadian Olympic team. But if real life follows the game plan in his head, Onsare will one day himself represent his soon-to be-adopted nation at the five-ring circus.

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The Calgary Herald: National Sport School opens doors at new venue - Sep 7, 2011
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When luger Laura Glover and principal Joanne Adomeit rang the bell outside the National Sport School on Tuesday morning, it signalled more than just the start of another year in the classroom. It meant the continuation of a relationship which is the envy of sporting communities in Canada.

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Metro: National Sport School gets own space - Sep 6, 2011
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School is in and some of Canada's future Olympians have a new schoolhouse.

The National Sport School produced Olympic champion gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, hockey players Jennifer Botterill and Carla MacLeod, and bobsleigh driver Kaillie Humphries. Twenty-one current or former students competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C.

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The Calgary Herald: Road Warriors Descend on Calgary - Sep 2, 2011
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Riding a skateboard downhill is not for the faint of heart or the unsteady of legs. Anyone who grew up with a skateboard and brothers who liked to dare you to do things, knows it doesn't take much of an incline before you really start clipping along. At that point, your options are either grit your teeth and try to hold on, or abandon ship and hit the concrete (not appealing).

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The Brandon Sun: Skiers and snowboarders launch into air bag technology at COP - Aug 30, 2011
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Big air, soft landing.

Freestyle skiers and snowboarders rocketing off a jump into an enormous air bag Monday at Canada Olympic Park compared it to jumping into a giant marshmallow. The new inflatable landing pad billows like a waterbed when an athlete lands on its surface and slithers off the side.

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CBS Eye on the Bay: Canada Olympic Park Zipline Feature - Aug 12, 2011
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Brian wraps up a trip to Alberta Canada with a tour of Calgary. See Brian zip-line off an Olympic ski jump, stand with shaky legs on the glass floor of the Calgary Tower, and dare to eat a controversial local delicacy.

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The Calgary Herald: $2-million donation from Joan Snyder buoys women's hockey in Calgary - July 22, 2011
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Calgary philanthropist and dedicated hockey fan Joan Snyder stepped up and gave women's hockey a history-making financial boost Thursday with a donation of $2 million.

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TSN: Snyder Donates $2 Million for Development of Women's Hockey - July 21, 2011
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Joan Snyder doesn't want to see Canadian girls struggle to get involved in hockey the same way her mother did.

"It started out when my mother was five and she'd go to her father and say 'Papa can I have one of the boy's hockey sticks?' and he'd say '(Well), you gotta have it cleaned off and dry when you bring it back in before they come home from school."

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The Globe and Mail: Women's hockey gets $2-million boost - July 21, 2011
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A Calgary woman, bitten by the hockey bug and her mother's love of the game, has made a $2-million donation to support women's hockey in Canada. WinSport Canada, the sport development group based out of Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, said at a Thursday news conference that philanthropist Joan Snyder of Calgary was giving the money, a private donation which will give female hockey players priority access to one of the four rinks within the newly-created $231-million Athletic and Ice Complex at COP.

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The Calgary Sun: Experiencing the Summer Bobsleigh - July 6, 2011
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Lyle Aspinall from the Calgary Sun straps on the helmet and summands his courage before heading down the track on the new Summer Bobsleigh thrill ride at Canada Olympic Park.

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The Globe and Mail: Canada Olympic Park set to impress - July 2, 2011
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The president and chief executive officer is wearing dirty rubber boots, a glow-in-the-dark safety vest and a lemon yellow hard hat. He looks like a kid in an industrial-sized sand box. He couldn't be happier.

"This is cool," Dan O'Neill says, admitting he says that a lot.

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The Calgary Herald: A Proud Moment for New Canadians in Calgary - July 2, 2011
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With the sun high over their heads, some Calgarians spent their Canada Day at the Canada Olympic Park mountain biking down the hills or ziplining through the air.

"I'm terrified," said Colleen Dickson, minutes before she jumped on the zipline with her daughter Emily. While she may have been scared, she was proud to celebrate her country's birthday.

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Smart Calgary Homes: Get your adventure on at COP - June 22, 2011
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You don't have to go too far to have an adventurous time in Calgary this summer; activities like mountain biking, zip lining, and even bobsledding are all right in your backyard!

Canada Olympic Park, the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics, has a huge variety of things to do - especially for those looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush.

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Breakfast Television - Summer fun at Canada Olympic Park - June 13, 2011
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The crew from BT stopped by the Park to check out some of the cool activities that WinSport Canada has to offer this summer. Activities include: biathlon, luge, mountain biking and ziplining.

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Global Toronto: Calgary's new Sports Hall Of Fame expected to open July 1st - May 19, 2011
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WinSport Canada, which operates COP, donated land worth $3 million to the new hall, which will be situated across the road from the $250-million Athlete and Ice Complex currently under construction there. COP is the site of the ski jump, sliding sports and freestyle ski events of the 1988 Winter Olympics.

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The Calgary Herald: WinSport's vision for COP luring Olympians to Calgary - May 15, 2011
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In between breaks from rehabbing her ripped up knee, Kelly VanderBeek keeps a close eye on the Calgary housing market. The downhill skier figures the time is near to take the plunge and set down roots in the unofficial headquarters for Canada's winter Olympians.

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The Calgary Herald: WinSport funding gives female ski jumpers a home in Calgary - May 14, 2011
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The laws of gravity and infant growth charts never applied to Taylor Henrich. At nine months, the self-described daredevil child had already turned the Henrich household into her own personal jungle gym, with the dresser in her mom and dad's bedroom serving as her favourite climbing apparatus.

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The Calgary Sun: Seniors' winter games coming to Calgary - May 13, 2011
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Seniors with brooms and other athletic gear are going to invade Calgary's ice rinks and other sports facilities in 2013. Cindy Ady, Alberta minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation announced Friday that the Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games will be hosted by Calgary at the Canada Olympic Park.

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The Calgary Herald: Transplanted Kenyan lives for joy of running - May 5, 2011
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Running -the sense of freedom, of exhilaration it brings -has been a part of Benard Onsare's life for as long as he can remember.

As a boy, he ran on the same dirt road, 20 kilometres there and 20 back, from Kisii, a poor village of huts in Kenya between Lake Nakaru and Lake Victoria, to school every day. Barefoot. When the rains came, there were snakes and scorpions to be wary of.

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Times Colonist: Bernard Onsare wins Vancouver marathon - May 1, 2011
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Benard Arasa Onsare, a native of Kenya who lives in Calgary and is trying to obtain Canadian citizenship in time for the 2012 Olympics in London, won the men's race in a time of two hours 19 minutes 59 seconds.

A maintenance worker at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Onsare, 28, would like to be a Canadian in time for the 2012 Olympics. His citizenship process has been delayed a bit because he spends time out of the country training in the mountains in Mexico.

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Calgary Herald: Elite National Sport School moving to Canada Olympic Park - April 27, 2011
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Students at Calgary's National Sport School will be able to hit the books and the slopes at the same venue in September.

The National Sport School is relocating from Ernest Manning High School to Canada Olympic Park this fall thanks to a partnership between the Calgary Board of Education and WinSport Canada. The school's new home will be a five-story office tower currently under construction.

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CBC News: Sports School Moving to COP - April 27, 2011
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A public school that teaches many of Calgary's top young athletes is relocating to Canada Olympic Park.

The National Sports School, currently housed in Ernest Manning High School, will move to COP in September, the Calgary Board of Education said on Wednesday.

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CTV Calgary: Shredder Supreme - April 22, 2011
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He is a fixture at Canada Olympic Park, riding the rails for almost 20 years and is our CTV Athlete of the Week.
Dwayne Wiebe's passion is snowboarding. He has been hitting the hill since he was a toddler but switched to snowboarding when he was 12.

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The Calgary Herald: WinSport VP set to retire - April 15, 2011
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It was a great run and now it's coming to an end for Bill France.

The vice-president of sport for WinSport Canada announced Thursday that he will be retiring from his position on Sept. 30 after serving the organization and its predecessor, the Calgary Olympic Development Association (CODA), for the past three decades.

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The Calgary Herald: Active-ate your camping experience - April 9, 2011
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COP's Camp Torch offers multi-activity camps, including mountain biking, canoeing, hiking and ski jumping, allowing kids a taste of it all. "They're never bored," says Ferguson. "If they don't like one activity, they can wait an hour and try the next one."

But COP also has specific mountain biking and Olympic sports training camps for kids who want to hone their skills in these areas.

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The Calgary Herald: Vitals - April 7, 2011
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Whether it's snow pants or shorts, parkas or T-shirts, it's the last weekend to ski and ride at Canada Olympic Park. The hill's been closed all week, but reopens Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to construction at the top of the hill in April and May, the only access point to COP is from the TransCanada Highway.

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The Globe and Mail: IOC approves women's ski jumping for 2014 Olympics - April 6, 2011
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"We have one of the best training and development facilities in the world at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Our ski jump hills are situated to accommodate numerous jumps in a short period of time, meaning that the athletes can learn and improve very quickly."

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The Calgary Herald: Calgary has lots of WOW moments - March 24, 2011
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The first one is the only time I went down the bobsled track at Canada Olympic Park in a four-man unit. Absolutely unbelievable. Exhilarating. Frightening. I can't find enough adjectives to describe this experience. It will be one I will remember all my life.

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CTV.ca: Hockey players raise funds for Alzheimer's research - Mar 20, 2011
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Hundreds of hockey players got to relive their dreams of becoming NHL all-stars this weekend at a hockey tournament for a good cause. Calgary's inaugural Scotiabank Pro Am tournament for Alzheimer's at Canada Olympic Park raised money for the Gordie and Colleen Howe Fund for Alzheimer's.

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The Calgary Herald: Cavalia comes to town - March 10, 2011
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Twenty-five years ago, Cirque du Soleil may have reinvented the circus, but they left out one thing that bothered some lovers of the big top: animals. While that may have pleased animal activists, it also left a gap in the performance experience, in the eyes of a few.

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The Calgary Herald: Fast and Female - March 2, 2011
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Sara Renner knows how tough it is for young girls to stick with competitive sports. "You need a lot of support to stay. It's not the most common thing for girls to choose sport," she says. "I think boys are more encouraged to do sport than girls are."

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The Calgary Herald: Alberta boarders find silver lining at COP - Feb 27, 2011
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"It was awesome,'' 20-year-old Canmore boarder Robby Balharry said after nailing a 26.3 score on his second run at Canada Olympic Park to claim slopestyle silver - behind Austria's Clemens Schattschneider - at the FIS World Cup snowboarding stop. "I just gave it all I had and it worked out.

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The Calgary Herald: Canadians rock World Cup board qualifying - Feb 26, 2011
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Robby Balharry of Canmore and Julien Beaulieu of Lac Beauport, Que., placed second and third, respectively in World Cup slopestyle qualifying at Canada Olympic Park on Friday. Austrian Clemens Schattschneider, with a top run of 26.0 points, will lead the field into today's final at 10: 30 a.m., while the half-pipe final goes at 2 p.m.

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Metro: Three World Cup slopestyle medals for Canada - Feb 26, 2011
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Canadians Brooke Voigt and Robby Balharry captured silver medals in slopestyle at a snowboard World Cup on Saturday. Zach Stone won a bronze in the men's final to round out a three-medal haul for Canada.

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The Calgary Sun: Ricker talks gold at COP - Feb 25, 2011
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Maelle Ricker understands all the attention she's garnered since winning Olympic gold. Heck, when the snowboard cross racer isn't on the snow, like this weekend at Canada Olympic Park, she becomes a huge fan.

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The Calgary Herald: One Canadian qualifies for men's half-pipe final - Feb 25, 2011
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Brad Martin of Ancaster, Ont., was the lone Canadian to qualify Thursday for the men's half-pipe final at a snowboard World Cup event on a cold and blustery day at Canada Olympic Park. Martin, the defending national half-pipe champion, will compete for the title Saturday after posting the fifth-best score Thursday, with 23.6 points.

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The Calgary Sun: COP Ski Notes - Feb 24, 2011
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The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup continues through Saturday at COP. Come cheer on the Canadian snowboard team as it takes on the world at the Calgary hill. Competitions ramp up this weekend with the World Cup halfpipe and slopestyle events and $100,000 on the line.
 
Metro: COP land sale a win for sports? - Feb 18, 2011
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The maple leaf could soar to new athletic heights if a development deal at Canada Olympic Park is given the green light. That's according to WinSport Canada, owners of the storied winter sporting site, which is proposing to part ways with some land for commercial and retail development.

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The Calgary Herald: Major retail/commercial development proposed for COP - Feb 17, 2011
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WinSport Canada is planning a huge retail/commercial development at Canada Olympic Park that would include a grocery store, retail stores, restaurants and two hotels, the Herald has learned. The proposed development, subject to city approval, would be about 400,000 square feet.

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Global: Major retail/commercial development proposed for COP - Feb 17, 2011
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Canada Olympic Park may soon host a grocery store, retail stores, restaurants and two hotels, according to the Calgary Herald. WinSport Canada's proposed development, subject to city approval, would be approximately 400,000 square feet.

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The Calgary Sun: Big plans for COP - Feb 17, 2011
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Restaurants, stores and hotels are all part of a massive development being proposed for Canada Olympic Park, say WinSport Canada officials.WinSport Canada is planning a 400,000- sq.-ft. commercial and retail development on 56 acres of land that will include stores, restaurants and at least one hotel, said spokeswoman Tracy Cobb.

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Globe and Mail: Power of 50 2011 - Feb 9, 2011
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Fresh off the gold medal at the Vancouver Games, and, ahem, consecutive silver medals at the world juniors tournament, the Hockey Canada CEO is moving the operation to a new facility at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

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Snowboard Club UK: Jamie Anderson reclaims TTR lead at CANO - Feb 6, 2011
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The 5Star Burton Canadian Open wrapped up yesterday at the Winsport Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta with men's and women's slopestyle finals. American riders, Sam Hulbert and Jamie Anderson walked away victorious in the slopestyle format and at Friday's halfpipe competition it was Kohei Kudo (JAP) and Kelly Clark (USA) who finished in first.

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Snowboardmag: Kelly Clark & Kohei Kudo Win 2011 CANO Halfpipe - Feb 5, 2011
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For the first time ever, the Canadian Open halfpipe finals took place under the lights at WinSport Canada's Canada Olympic Park with record crowds turning out to cheer on their favorite riders.

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The Calgary Sun: American pair takes slopestyle honours at Burton Open - Feb 5, 2011
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It was Jamie Anderson and Sam Hulbert, both of the U.S., who were the winners Saturday at the Burton Canadian Open at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park.

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Vue Weekly: Canadian Open Snowboarding - Feb 2, 2011
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This weekend, February 3 - 5, Canada Olympic Park (COP) on the outskirts of Calgary is hosting the Burton Canadian Open Snowboarding Championships. This is a great event for both competitors and spectators.

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The Globe and Mail: Skate skiing is harder than it looks - Feb 2, 2011
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Just because you love cross-country skiing does not mean you'll be a natural at this. Believe me: It's harder than it looks. Unless, of course, you're an 11-year-old natural athlete who has been on hockey skates since you were two years old, in which case you'll be lapping your mother.

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The Calgary Herald: Finale on home snow doesn't end like Heil envisions - Jan 30, 2011
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Jenn Heil blinked back the tears Saturday at the bottom of the hill, just beyond the finish line of her final World Cup moguls event on home snow. The five-time Crystal Globe winner wanted ever so badly to land on the podium one more time in front of family and friends at Canada Olympic Park

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The Calgary Sun: Heil falls in final home event - Jan 29, 2011
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In her final competition on home soil, the Canadian moguls ace slipped and hit the snow just after her opening jump, instantly knocking her out of medal contention in the freestyle moguls World Cup. Heil announced early this week this season would be her last and she wanted to finish out on top at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park.

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Edmonton Sun: Shouldice strikes aerials gold at home - Jan 29, 2011
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Standing in the same place he decided to become an Olympian, Warren Shouldice could hardly describe the feeling of victory. The last time the Calgary freestyle skiing aerialist stood on top of the podium was five years ago in China.

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The Vancouver Sun: Shouldice thrills hometown crowd with aerials victory - Jan 29, 2011
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"I had no idea how special it would be until it happened," Shouldice said, still trying to catch his breath on a blustery day at Canada Olympic Park. "Now having won it at home, I realize it means so much more.

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The Globe and Mail: One trip down won't be enough on Calgary's luge run - Jan 26, 2011
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There's a saying in luge circles: Bobsled is like a semi, skeleton is a stock car, and luge is a Ferrari. That wasn't the word that came to mind when I saw the tiny frame I was supposed to put my not-tiny frame on with only a helmet and elbow pads for protection through five corners of an Olympic luge run.

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The Calgary Sun: COP caters to diverse taste - Jan 19, 2011
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While WinSport Canada's Canada Olympic Park (COP) is a great place for skiing, it's also a great place to host a wedding. The vibrant venue is quickly becoming known as a diverse, modern and magical site for a variety of events.

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The Calgary Herald: New WinSport rinks to become Calgary 'calling card' - Jan 16, 2011
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Young children took their first strides across a series of pristine ice rinks Saturday afternoon as WinSport Canada unveiled its new athletic and ice complex designed for professional athletes and young families alike.  

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