Marisa Peter’s lifetime Olympic experience is about to grow from performing in the opening ceremonies at the 1976 Montreal Games to a stint with the 2010 Olympic family in Whistler.
With the unforgettable memories of ‘76 still fresh in her mind after all these years, the Bridge Lake area guest ranch operator is thrilled to have been hired by Whistler Cooks Catering to work during the Games. She’ll be part of a team that will be toiling around the clock, providing 10,000 meals each day to athletes and others in the Olympic body.
“I’m excited about meeting all kinds of international people again. That was a big thing in Montreal. That, and being exposed to the excitement of the Games,” says Peter, almost bubbling over with the anticipation of experiencing that same rush again.
The ‘76 Games are still fresh in her mind and she says participating was probably one of the most exciting things she’s ever done.
Peter earned a spot on a six-member team of B.C. rhythmic gymnastic athletes who performed with other gymnasts from across Canada in the ‘76 opening ceremonies.
It just so happened her group was positioned to perform in front of Queen Elizabeth II.
“Being a part of the Olympics is an opportunity of a lifetime. Athletes work all of their lives to get there and some people don’t realize how important that is to them.
“I know that sports isn’t a part of everyone’s life, but I’m sure we can look ahead to something that is really positive and exciting. Look at the new infrastructure that will be a legacy.”
She looks at her success of being a part of the 2010 Olympics as product of lessons learned at her first Games in Montreal.
“When I was chosen for the rhythmic team, I knew then that if ever I set a goal in life, I could always achieve it. You have to dedicate time and energy into something you want in life. What you get out of it is what you put into it and nothing more and nothing less.”