CALGARY — The owner of the facility where two 17-year-old brothers died during an after-hours visit to a Calgary luge-bobsled track says the pair worked at the hill last winter.
WinSport said Sunday that the boys worked as "Hill Ambassadors'' last season at Canada Olympic Park.
"The loss of Jordan and Evan Caldwell is being felt by many in the Calgary community, including our team here at WinSport,'' a news release from the organization states, noting it has set up memorials at the hill.
"We have sought out support for affected team members to help them through this very difficult time.''
Jordan and Evan Caldwell, 17, died during an after-hours visit to the bobsled track at Canada Olympic Park. (Photo: Calgary Police Service)
The boys, who were twins, were killed early Saturday when they and six other male teens used a personal sled to go down the bobsled track at Canada Olympic Park.
The group hit a large gate used to separate the luge and bobsled tracks, killing the brothers and injuring the remaining six.
"We were reminded today that life is but a vapor."
The Caldwell family said in a statement that the deaths leave a "huge void.''
"We were reminded today that life is but a vapor. Life is precious, life is fragile, and we must redeem the time we're given,'' said Jason, Shauna and Katie Caldwell.
"Our boys Jordan & Evan were bright lights to all who knew them. We are grieving their loss but confident in their new home of heaven. Our brief 17 years with them were a gift: filled with much love, laughter, and fond memories.''
A family member living in the Edmonton area said the two boys had great futures.
"They were outstanding young men. They had straight-A averages and had scholarships to several universities, and they were just really fine boys. Everybody's very perplexed how this came to be,'' said the relative, who asked not to be identified and was reached before the names were officially released.
WinSport Canada owns and operates Canada Olympic Park, which hosted events during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Several World Cup events are held at the site as well.
A tarp covers the intersection of the bobsled and luge tracks at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary on Saturday. (Photo: Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press)
WinSport president and CEO Barry Heck told reporters late Saturday that as a father himself his heart goes out to the families.
He said the organization is co-operating with police and supplying CCTV footage to help determine how and why it happened.
Heck said WinSport is also going to conduct its own review but doesn't think there's a problem with a lack of security on the track.
"I've heard of incidents of people coming into the park. I do not know of any incidents of anyone being on the sliding track."
"We have robust security measures throughout the park and again safety is extremely important. We have a full time security staff that we employ and when the investigation is concluded we will better understand what happened,'' said Heck.
He said he doesn't recall any previous incidents like this one where someone broke in to use the track after hours.
"I've heard of incidents of people coming into the park. I do not know of any incidents of anyone being on the sliding track.''