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Winter Olympics, part 1

We are 30 days from the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.  You can follow all the Olympic updates at their website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.  The Olympic flame began it's journey on October 30, 2009 in Athens, Greece on it's way to the host country.  There are some amazing photos of that trip in the article "Olympic Torch Relay heads to Vancouver" by Alan Taylor.  The Olympic Torch Relay will involve over 12,000 torch bearers and will complete it's 106 day journey on February 12, 2010 after passing through thousands of communities.  You can follow the flame's journey on the Olympic Torch Relay Interactive Map.

While waiting for all the Olympic action to start, you could try your hand at some of the events.  For any of the skiing or snowboarding events, head to Swiss Valley in Jones, Michigan.  Swiss Valley has 11 lighted runs, which are open to night skiing/snowboarding.  It also has 2 terrain parks that offer a beginner the ability to learn to jib, ride and bonk, as well as, offering tabletops, high spines, grind rails and pyramids for the more advanced riders to help perfect their stunts.  If you are more interested in cross country skiing, then check out my article "Cross country skiing in Michiana" for great locations to get in some practice.

Part 2 in the series: "Winter Olympics, part 2".

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