VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Finally, we ski. The men's downhill event, where helmeted racers tear down the side of a mountain in search of Alpine immortality, is scheduled to begin at Whistler Creekside today at 1:30 p.m. (The caveat, as always, is weather permitting.) Medals will also be awarded in men's and women's cross country, women's luge, and men's speedskating.
Stockholm's natural beauty makes it the perfect setting for outdoor happenings. Many of the city's seasonal events have their roots in the city's Viking past, giving a taste of Sweden's long lost Viking heritage.
Cross-country skiing is less speedy -- and therefore less intimidating -- than its steep-sloped cousin, downhill skiing. It also burns more calories, as skiers glide along snowy trails and skate up inclines.
Spending hours in a gym wasn't giving Susan Huynh of Los Angeles, California, the results she was looking for, so on the advice of a friend, she picked up some poles, but she didn't head to the slopes. Instead she tried a growing exercise trend: Nordic walking.