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A New Year. A perfect time to open up your mind to the how to possibilities of being a part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.  

Whether as former Olympians or contest winners who are carrying the torch across Canada, as athletes training hard for their Going for Gold opportunities or as volunteers helping Canada to welcome the world to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.   

Inspiring Olympians Carry the Torch

Barbara Kennedy
Founder & President of Changing Gears

On December 19, 2009 I had the absolute pleasure of seeing former Olympians, Rhoda and Rhona Wurtle again and spent the afternoon cheering them on with their family members as they carried the torch through Oakville, ON.

I learned how to ski with Ski Jays Ski Club in Ste. Sauveur, Quebec in the sixties. Thanks to Ski Jays Ski Club, and Rhona and Rhoda, skiing became my life long sports passion. I continue to be an Olympic sports fan and it is because of the Twins', their family members and their dedication to doing what they love that I am still a downhiller and cannot wait for the first snowfall.   

Olympic torch bearers come in all ages and from all walks of life. Rhoda and Rhona were 87 on that day. They’ve been called ‘two of the world’s best women downhill skiers and probably the best all-around athletes Canada ever produced.’

Get out and cheer those Olympic torch bearers on in your community! Be a proud Canadian! It is one of those once in a lifetime experiences not to be missed. Everyone in the crowd will receive a Coca-Cola Welcome the Olympic Flame flag and a souvenir Torch Relay flag with your town’s name and date presented by Coca-Cola and RBC.

To see a slide show taken of the Twins while they were carrying the torch, check it out now. It is only available for viewing until January 21st.

For the book review I wrote last year on their biography, No Limits, take a look at this article.

The book is now available in French (Sans limites). They also have a website with a video that features a short documentary on the twins.  Their website is Twinski.

Get out and cheer those Olympic torch bearers! Be a proud Canadian! This is Canada’s chance to break together, the Olympic record for kilometres the torch will have been carried across one country.

About the Wurtele Twins

87 Year-Old Wurtele Twins Back in the Olympics
Skiers Carry the Torch for Women, Seniors

On December 19, Canada’s fabulous Wurtele twins will be back in the Olympics again, this time carrying the torch together.

The last time Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele were in the Olympics together was 1948, when they were the entire Canadian Women’s Olympic Ski Team. “It is a pure delight to be even part of the Olympics at our age,” says Rhona Wurtele Gillis.  

The 87 year-old Montrealers, who were raised in Westmount, Quebec but competed and won major Alpine ski races around the world, will run with the torch in Oakville, Ontario on the afternoon of Saturday, December 19.  

The twins are back in the spotlight recently thanks to a compelling biography of their lives, No Limits: The Amazing Life Story of Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele, Canada’s Olympian Ski Pioneers (Byron Rempel, Twinski Publications/Éditions Twinski, 2007).See coverage on the book, also available in French, at twinski.com.

The twins have always had little respect for limits. They broke into competitive skiing when women were held at the periphery of sports, then in the 1950s developed a ski school just for young girls. By the 1960s they encouraged the girls’ mothers to get on the slopes as well. Today the twins continue to break barriers as they lead seniors in the Twinski ski club, with many skiers in their 80s and 90s.

Whether they were winning the Mont Tremblant Taschereau (beating all the women and the men), or ski jumping at age 11, or trumping Europeans at the Arlberg-Kandahar in Chamonix, the twins have always approached sports with one goal: to have fun. It’s something they believe women and men in sports today would do well to remember.­

For photographs or interviews with Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele, or with No Limits author Byron Rempel, contact:  

Nancy Robinson, Twinski Publications
Tel: (514) 605-7186
Cell: (877) 938-5249
Montreal, Quebec

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