Having participated in the paralympic games, Gord Tuck can understand what all the Olympic excitement is all about.
That is why he is looking forward to attending the opening of the paralympics with his family at Whistler this month. Gord says the opening ceremonies of the paralympics is just as exciting as the regular games. They also plan to see some alpine events while they are there. He will be there with his wife Jennifer, daughters Megan, who is five, and three year old Kaitlyn, along with family from Saskatchewan.He had entered the Olympic ticket lottery but didn’t get a chance for any of the sought after tickets.
Gord was on the Olympic bid committee and was excited when Whistler got the games.
Gord competed in downhill skiing for ten years, from 1995 to 2005 and thought that was maybe enough, but he still misses the competition.
Gord was at Nagano in 1998 where he finished 12th, 15th and 17th. In 2002 at Salt Lake City he came in 6th, 9th and 10th.
While at Whistler he plans on seeing his friend Brian McKeever, a legally blind athlete who will be competing in cross-country skiing in both Olympics.
Gord did consider being a volunteer at the games, but says he can’t plan two weeks ahead, let alone a year. Although he won’t be competing this time around , he is very pleased to have the opportunity to take his family to the games and let them take in the excitement that was an important part of his life for many years.