If the City of Calgary does put in a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, dozens of teenage athletes already training at WinSport will start to dream of hosting the world in a decade’s time.
Seventeen-year-old Max Moffatt is one of the top freestyle skiers in Canada. Moffatt wasn’t even born when Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Games, but said it would be huge to take on the world’s best on the ski hill he trains on every day.
Moffatt, along with 18-year-old Rachael Karker, recently moved from Ontario to Calgary to train at WinSport with the freestyle skiing national development team. Karker couldn’t hide her excitement at a possible Olympic Games on home snow.
“It’s really exciting to think that we could compete on home soil in Calgary where we train so much.”
The Winter Olympics were last held in Canada in Vancouver in 2010, that’s where 16-year-old National Sport School student Joshua Hathaway first saw the sport of speed skating and he became hooked.
“I saw skating then and then I just really loved it and loved the technique and all that…and it really drew me after watching that,” Hathaway said.
No doubt Moffatt, Karker and Hathaway are working out a little harder while dreaming of winning an Olympic medal a decade from now in Calgary.