Alpine skier Britt Janyk can't wait to return home from the world cup circuit next month to reacquaint herself with the Whistler Creekside, the Olympic venue where she learned to ski.
"I'm fortunate enough to be from Whistler and grew up skiing down the track where the race will run," said Janyk, 28. "It's a great opportunity for us to get more and more time on the hill, not only for ourselves, for our heads to be comfortable on the track, but also to test our equipment."
Vancouver-born Janyk will mark the one-year countdown to the 2010 Winter Olympics at the world championships in Val D'Isere, France
"I've seen the [Whistler] community come together and really get excited for these Games," she said. "The race hills we have there are going to showcase some great ski racing. Both the men's and women's tracks are very technical, the downhill and super Gs are very fast and there's a lot of terrain to work with."
Janyk and the women's team is hoping to equal the success of the men's team, which is celebrating last Saturday's Canadian first: The world championship win by Calgary's John Kucera.