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Olympics return to SAIT

SAIT students and employees gather to watch all-day coverage of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games at Canada House.

Canada House at SAIT features athletes, TV and community.

Some traditions are hard to break — and that might be a good thing.

Four years after its debut, Canada House is back at SAIT. The shared space will give students and employees an opportunity to watch the 2018 Winter Olympic Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, as well as meet many of the country's top athletes.

Located in the Technology Demonstration Hall on the Aldred Centre's fourth floor, the Olympic-themed area features all-day coverage of the Games on floor-to-ceiling screens, in addition to snacks, coffee and lounging stations.

"SAIT's history with the Olympics runs deep, and Canada House is now part of that," says Alex Zahavich, Vice President, Corporate Development, Applied Research & International.

"The Games are an exciting time for Canadians, and we're excited about bringing that sense of national pride and local community to campus."

Much like 2014, this year's Canada House will feature a number of special guests, including:

  • Pascal Richard, skeleton (Salt Lake City 2002)
  • Mike Douglas, skeleton (Vancouver, 2010)
  • John Fairbairn, skeleton (Sochi 2014)
  • Duff Gibson, skeleton (Turin 2006, Salt Lake City 2002)
  • Melanie McCann (Rio 2016, London 2012)
  • Carla MacLeod, hockey (Vancouver, 2010, Turin 2006)
  • Dr.Greg Uchacz, team chiropractor (multiple Olympics)
  • Scott McBride, team manager, skeleton (Sochi 2014)
  • And more, to be confirmed ...

The athletes will be on hand Tuesday, Feb. 13, Thursday, Feb. 15, Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 22 from 11:30 am to 1 pm to share their Olympic experiences, answer questions and sign autographs. A limited amount of hot food will also be available.

"Meeting these athletes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience," says Wade Kolmel, Director, Athletics and Recreation, whose staff have volunteered as hosts in Canada House for the entire run of this year's Olympics.

"It's a great opportunity to learn about the work and determination that goes into becoming one of the best in the world, and how we can translate that into our own lives."

Other special events include a special memorabilia day Friday, Feb. 23 when students and employees are encouraged to come in and show off their Olympic-themed collectables or apparel.

"We know those iconic jackets from the ‘88 Olympics are still out there," says Zahavich, who hinted that David Foster's classic anthem might also make it onto the day's playlist.

Canada House opens Monday, Feb. 12 and runs to Friday, Feb. 23 from 7 am to 5 pm, excluding weekends and Family Day.

For more information as it becomes available, visit SAIT's Event Calendar and follow SAIT on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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