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02/15/2011

An assignment at Blue Mountain flashed me back to Vancouver!

Steve Russell - Staff Photographer

Yogi Berra once said, "This is like deja vu all over again." and  for me it was!

I never imagined that one year after the Vancouver Olympics that I would find myself on the bottom of a mountain shooting skiers.

A year ago Cypress was my office, I covered Heil's Moguls silver on a rainy opening day, Maelle Ricker dominating the field in Snowboard Cross to win gold, Mike Robertson's silver in Snowboard Cross and Jasey Jay Anderson striking gold finally in the Parallel giant snowboard slalom on a foggy last day.

It was a nice surprise to open my assignment on friday and see that I was going to shoot the Rockstar Ski Cross Grand Prix at Blue Mountain in Collingwood.The best part was that Canadian Chris Delbosco ended up winning!

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A skiier makes their way down a hill next to the Rockstar Ski Cross Grand Prix at Blue Mountain in Collingwood. February 11, 2011.

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 Canadian fans were out in force at the Rockstar Ski Cross Grand Prix.

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 Kelsey Serwa of Canada wins the small final, for fifth place.

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 Nick Zoricic of Canada leads his heat of four to finish first in the small final for fifth overall.

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Fans cheer for the beginning of the big final.

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Canadian Chris Delbosco leads over the final jump to win the Final.

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Canadian Chris Delbosco wins the  Final at the Rockstar Ski Cross Grand Prix at Blue Mountain.

 

Flashback to Cypress Mountain one year ago.

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February 9, 2010, Helichopters bring in snow from the Alpine areas to the snowboard course at Cypress Mountain in Vancouver.

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February 13, 2010 Hannah Kearney is congratulated Shannon Bahrke as Jennifer Heil reacts to finishing in the Silver Medal position in the Freestlye Moguls at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

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 February 15, 2010  Mike Robertson, #3  in the Men's Snowboard Cross  pulls away early on the mountain to win his semi-final. He went on to win a silver in the final at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

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 February 15, 2010 Canada's Robert Fagan fought off pushes from Austria's Lukas Gruener In the Men's Snowboard Cross small final (consolation for 5-8) at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

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 February 15, 2010  Gate Judge Bill Drake watches a heat of racers pass through his area In the Men's Snowboard Cross at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at the Cypress Mountain.

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 February 16, 2010  Italian Raffaella Brutto wipes out on the final jump  in the women's Snowboard Cross  at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Gameson Cypress Mountain.

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 February 16, 2010  Quarterfinal Heat 2 lead by Olivia Nobs (4) of Switzerland followed by Helene Olafsen of Norway and Faye Gulini (12) of the USA in the women's Snowboard Cross at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games on Cypress Mountain.

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 February 16, 2010  Canadian Maelle Ricker makes the final jump to win the Gold Medal in the women's Snowboard Cross.

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 February 16, 2010  Canadian Maelle Ricker wins the Gold Medal in the women's Snowboard Cross.

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 February 27, 2010 A snowboard coach takes the chairlift up before Jasey Jay Anderson wins the Gold medal in the Parallel giant Slalom at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at the Cypress Mountain.

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 February 27, 2010 A reporter takes cover from the cold rain as the Parallel giant Slalom runs at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at the Cypress Mountain.

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February 27, 2010 Jasey Jay Anderson wins the Gold medal in the Parallel giant Slalom at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

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February 27, 2010 Jasey Jay Anderson wins the Gold medal over Benjamin Karl from Austria in the Parallel giant Slalom at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at the Cypress Mountain in Vancouver.

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