Ed Podivinsky, 31, of Toronto, believes there's more to the Olympics than skiing. "I take full advantage of being there," he says. "At the Olympics, I'm part of a national team. I go to all the hockey games and the figure skating and the speed skating. I hang out with the other athletes. That's what an Olympics is about."
Podivinsky is the Canadian squad's veteran, having competed in the World Championships since 1989. He's only missed one, the 1999 event, since then. His best finishes at the worlds include a ninth in the 1991 combined race and a 10th in the 1997 downhill.
He's also been successful in Olympic competition, placing fifth in the 1998 Nagano downhill and winning bronze in the same event at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. A month earlier, he won a World Cup race in Saalbach, Austria.Video: Podivinsky gets hero's send off (Feb.5)