The twin 17-year-olds who died early Saturday after sneaking onto the bobsled track at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park and trying to sled down it once worked there, the CBC reports. Jordan and Evan Caldwell served “as Hill Ambassadors during last winter’s season,” per the CEO of WinSport, the company that now runs the park. The boys’ family says the two greeted guests and took tickets, reports the Globe and Mail.
The incident, which occurred around 1:30am local time, happened as the teens and six other males attempted to sled down the track using their own sled; they slammed into a gate that divided the bobsled and luge tracks. The survivors were “severely traumatized,” per a police official; Global News reports one lost an eye.
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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi came to WinSport’s defense, saying it “has been running this facility for many, many years with enormous safety and sometimes there’s a point where there’s no more you can do."
As for the red-headed twins, their family describes them as generous high-achievers: straight-A students who participated in a robotics contest (Evan), could walk a dog while atop a unicycle (Jordan), and both worked to help refugees settle into their new lives in Canada. While police have not explained how the teens gained access to the track, the Globe and Mail notes that "because of COP’s size and purpose, intruders can easily access parts of the complex.”
By Kate Seamons
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