I’ll let my special guest have the first word….

Thank you, Professor! The good news is….the Winter Games are very much alive and well! The good folks at the Chamonix City Sims have been hard at work building and inventing new ways to play Winter Sports, and they’ve done a brilliant job. But of course…there’s that bad news bit too….

As much as it pains me to have to say, the Winter Games are being postponed until December of this year. Initially, they had been postponed one week, due to some extenuating circumstances, but after much deliberation, they’ve been moved back to December. To be completely honest, I might have been too ambitious, with my initial date of mid-March. This being my first major event, I might have tried to rush things a bit. But I must say, people have really rallied around this concept, and we have got some really special things to show you for the Games.

I’d like to take time to especially thank Ashlene McMinnar, Jehuty Niemi, and Kacey Rossini from Chamonix/GOHA for opening their sims, and creating some incredible venues for the Games. Also, thanks to Marianne McCann and Pygar Bu from Bay City, for their help in designing the art for the Games, and their advice and support in planning this event. Thanks to the community managers that have really jumped on board with this concept. I look forward to a great big, amazing, exciting Winter Games in December!

Now, lets see some of the results of all this hard work….

Start of the Bobsleigh Course at Chamonix City

Start of the Bobsleigh Course at Chamonix City

Here is the winding, beautifully constructed bobsleigh course, in the Off Sides sim. There is a large scoreboard, and you can start to practice today, by rezzing a sled and racing down the track. Here is the map link: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Off%20Sides/47/100/86.

Freestyle Snowboard Course

Freestyle Snowboard Course

Running along side the bobsleigh course is an exciting freestyle snowboarding course. Free boots and boards rezz at the starting point, also on the Off Sides sim. These are beautiful courses, and athletes will love competing on them.

Curling Center in the Blueliner Sim

Curling Center in the Blueliner Sim

Moving indoors, curling will definitely be featured at the Winter Games. Four matches can take place simultaneously in the Curling Center at Blueliner.

Practice Arena high above the main grounds.

Practice Arena high above the main grounds.

Here is a neat addition! Kacey has built a practice arena for curling, short track speed skating, and on the right, an innovative way to perform figure skating. The practice arena is open to all potential athletes. Again, here is a map link: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Neutral%20Zone/172/129/1503

Speed Skating Long Track

Speed Skating Long Track

Lastly, here is a view of the impressive long track speed skating arena. It takes up quite a good portion of a sim, and it looks amazing. There is plenty of spectator seating, and the races should be phenomenal. Check it out here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Breakaway/128/96/1505

As you can see, a lot of hard work and ingenuity has gone into making something brand new to Second Life. I cannot wait to share it with all of you, bigger, and better than ever, in December!

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