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Eight years ago, on Feb. 12, 2010, tragedy enveloped the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia crashed in the last training session at the Whistler Sliding Centre, on the mega-event’s opening day. The 21-year-old was not the only victim. Terrance Kosikar, the medic who rushed to treat him, suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

After years of battling depression and addiction, Kosikar campaigns for awareness and solutions to PTSD. He dreams of making Camp My Way near Lillooet, B.C. a sanctuary for first responders seeking to overcome PTSD. He has an ally in Victoria. NDP cabinet minister Shane Simpson said the government is planning to cut red tape for first responders who suffer PTSD and need worker’s compensation, after a 2017 attempt was not supported by the former BC Liberal government.

On this edition, host Bob Mackin also examines the tarnished legacy of Vancouver 2010 and wonders why Calgary would want to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. Plus news headlines from around the Korean peninsula (host of the 2018 Winter Games) and the Pacific Northwest. 

Listen to Podcast to learn how you can get your very own copy of Mackin’s Red Mittens & Red Ink: The Vancouver Olympics e-book for free. 

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