Men's downhill ready to roll

By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

WHISTLER, B.C. - It's time to go racing.

After days of delays and warm weather, the men's downhill is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. local time as swarms of Canadian fans are ascending Whistler Mountain to ride along with the Canadian Cowboys.

Racing on their home course, Manual Osborne-Paradis and Robbie Dixon are the biggest Canadian threats to give the country it's first alpine Olympic medal since Edi Podivinsky took bronze in 1994.

Osborne-Paradis has managed to stay calm through the delays and clearly was inspired with Alex Bilodeau's gold medal on Sunday evening.

"You tha Man Bilodeau!," Osborne-Paradis wrote on his twitter account. That was one of the greatest achievements ive ever watched on tv. Very cool!!! Lets get this."

If he or one of his teammates do get gold, it will be the first Olympic win for a Canadian male despite the long history of success in Alpine Canada.

Officials have worked tirelessly on the course over the past several days to get it fit for race day. Cooler temperatures overnight here created an icy fast surface that will test the best downhillers in the world.

Women downhillers took to the course prior to the men's race for their first training run. That session is the first official action on the Whistler Creekside course since Thursday's men's training.

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