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Showing the gold

Olympic ski cross gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor is on hand Thursday to help British Columbia officials kick off a post-Olympic tourism push in San Francisco.

Among the ongoing festivities at San Francisco's Embarcadero are free zip line rides, aboriginal dancers, and an interactive video wall.

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Zipping by

Olympic gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor speaks to reporters on Thursday as a rider zips through downtown San Francisco, part of a series of attractions being put on by British Columbia tourism officials aiming to lure visitors from the Bay Area.

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A decorated medalist

American speedskater Shani Davis shows off the two medals he won in Vancouver (a gold and silver), which added to the gold and silver medals he won at the 2006 games in Torino, Italy.

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Chalking up reasons to visit Vancouver

As part of the tourism push, British Columbia officials commissioned a chalk drawing from artist Kurt Wenner.

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Eyeing the art

A young visitor checks out the 16-foot by 20-foot chalk drawing of British Columbia on display at San Francisco's Embarcadero.

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The artist and his work

Artist Kurt Wenner, above and to the right, stands by his chalk drawing, commissioned by British Columbia tourism officials, which highlights the regions landscape, activities, and wildlife.

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Aboriginal dance

The Le-La-La Dancers, a traditional Aborginal dance group, performed on Friday at San Francisco's Embarcadero as part of an effort by Vancouver tourism officials to lure Bay Area vacationers to their city.

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