A MESSAGE FROM NORDIC COMBINED SKI CANADA ATHLETE NATHANIEL MAH (Sept. 22, 2018): Hosting the Olympics should be more then just about the actual event. The facilities constructed should be created with the intention of them being used for several years after the event. This happened with the 1988 Olympic jumps, where the site is still being used by all levels of athletes today. This opportunity of hosting another Olympics has come at a time when the last remaining ski jumping facility in Canada is being threatened to close, and provides the perfect reason for an update of the Ski Jumps in Calgary. Not only does this keep the sport alive in Canada, but creates the opportunity for new generations to learn about the sport, get involved, and hopefully be able to pursue their athletic dreams the way I have been able to. Why spend the minimal amount of money on a facility for 1 month of use, when you could build a facility that last 20 years, keeps 4 Olympic sports alive in Canada, inspires up and coming generations, and provides a place for Canadian athletes to train in their own nation. This is why building the jumps in Calgary is crucial not only to the success of the Olympics, but to the success of amateur sport in Canada.
Nathaniel Mah has started 2018 competitions after a focused training period with the Alberta World Cup Academy in Canada and Ski Jump training in Italy.