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Olympic champion takes to local hill
Ashleigh McIvor had one question for Diamond Wilson on Thursday morning.
“Do you think it’s a good trade?” she asked the 15-year-old local curler.
“Yes,” said Wilson, looking at the 2010 Olympic gold medal she was holding. McIvor, who won the gold in the women’s ski cross event, was holding a 2015 Canada Winter Games scarf, which she had been presented by Wilson, part of the athlete-approved group with the Games.
McIvor was at Tabor with Tourism Prince George as part of its #takeonPG campaign. As she walked out of the lodge after getting changed into her ski gear, she looked at the rack of skis and snowboards.
“Is that normally that low?” she asked.
“No,” said Mitchell Thibault from the resort. “They’re normally about three and a half feet of the ground. We’ve been been clobbered with snow recently.”
“Awesome,” said McIvor as she took a look up the slope.
After the presentations, McIvor, who was only in the city for a few hours, made a run down the new ski cross course, built for the 2015 Games. She was joined on the trip by her fiancee, Jay DeMerit, who was on crutches. DeMerit, a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team, suffered a torn Achilles tendon earlier this season and is out, possibly for the rest of the season.
Coincidentally, McIvor retired from competitive skiing in 2012, partly due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.