The Final Cable: Ashleigh McIvor Celebrates Technology Milestone with Bell

At Cypress Mountain on June 22, Bell invited a freestyle skiing world champion to mark a major technology milestone on the road to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Ashleigh McIvor, 2009 world champion in ski cross, joined Bell officials in connecting the final piece of broadcast cable at Cypress, venue for all freestyle skiing and snowboard events next February. Ski cross is a freestyle discipline that will make its Olympic debut in Vancouver. With Canada’s proficient athletes in freestyle skiing and snowboard, these broadcast cables may very well deliver many podium performances to Canadian fans watching coast to coast.

“I am so happy to be here today connecting the final piece of broadcast cable that will allow me to share my Olympic performance from this venue with all Canadians in 2010,” McIvor said.

The Whistler native has earned the right to be provisionally named to Canada’s 2010 Olympic Team. During the 2008-2009 season, she proved that she was the country’s best female ski cross skier. The world champion is currently ranked third overall by the International Ski Federation’s points system.

The cable at Cypress is part of Bell’s 285 km fibre optic network connecting 130 competition and non-competition venues. The network will provide all voice, data and broadcast services for fans, media, athletes and officials worldwide. These will be the first all-Internet Protocol Olympic Games. There is set to be more than 10,000 hours of television coverage broadcast to over three billion viewers, available in high definition. Wireless Internet will be readily available.

Bell is a long-time supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team.