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99This year Canada’s MP for Sport, the Honourable Bal Gosal, proclaimed 2015 to be the year of sport in Canada. It is no surprise then that in the year of sport, our snow sports athletes elevated their game to another level – and in the process brought recognition from the international community that Canada is one – if not the – strongest snow sports nations on the planet.

Our snow sport athletes have enjoyed success on the world stage for a long time. From the Crazy Canucks of Alpine Canada in the 70’s and 80’s, to cross country star Beckie Scott in the 90’s and early 2000’s, our skill at developing snow sport athletes is no recent feat.

However in 2015, Snow Sports Canada took a huge step forward, entered a new stage of growth, and elevated to a new height. In 2015, Snow Sports Canada athletes competing in a broad variety of disciplines achieved success – there was no one sport who excelled beyond the others, and this is a true testament to the collective strength of snow sports in this country.

So what did our athletes accomplish in 2015? What did they do exactly? Well, Snow Sports Canada athletes won 78 medals collectively at the FIS world cup, IBU world cup, and X Games. During the world championships, five of our seven sports stood on the podium – in many cases, more than once. Individually, there were some outstanding achievements:

  • Ski jumper Taylor Henrich made history as the first female ski jumper in Canadian history to win a medal on the world cup, and her fifth place finish was the highest ever for a female Canadian ski jumper at the world championships.
  • Biathlete Nathan Smith was the first Canadian male to win both a world championships and IBU world cup medal in the same season.
  • For the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team, Mikaël Kingsbury won his fourth consecutive crystal globe as the overall season points leader – along the way tying the record for world cup wins with his 28th, and braking his own record for consecutive world cup wins in a season with 7.
  • Alex Harvey proved why he is one of Canada’s all-time greatest cross country skiing athletes when he won two medals at the Nordic Skiing World Championships in 2015 – a first for a Canadian cross country skiing athlete.

Snow Sports Canada shined under the brightest lights this season, winning medals at the highest levels of competition both in Europe, Asia, and also here at home – evidenced by our 15 medals at domestic world cup events.

In 2015, our athletes excelled like never before. They won medals, captured the attention of a nation, and brought fans to their feet – but they did not do this alone. Our athletes have the drive, determination, and desire to accomplish anything, but without the support that they receive from coaches, trainers, technicians, sponsors, friends and family, their journey would much tougher. So thank you for your support, thank you for your passion, and let’s celebrate the success of 2015 – but not for too long, because before we know it 2016 will be upon us. Go Canada Go.

FIS Alpine Ski World Champs

Set to take place from February 2nd to the 15th of 2015, the biennial FIS Alpine World Ski Championships bring together the best alpine ski racing athletes from around the world for two weeks of competition. This will be only the fourth time that the world championships will be held in North America. The Vail Valley has hosted the event twice before – in 1989 and 1999.

Canada has a history of strong results at the world championships. Erik Guay, currently recovering from off-season knee surgery, won the downhill title in 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany while Canadian John Kucera was the reigning world champion at the time, having won the title in 2009 in Val d’Isere.

“Garmisch has always been a good place for me ever since I’ve come onto the World Cup,” Guay said. “It’s just one of those places I feel right.”

Unfortunately for Alpine Canada, the speed team will be a little light this year, as Jan Hudec suffered a torn meniscus racing the men’s downhill in Val Gardena, Italy on January 19th. Hudec tied for bronze in the super-g at the Sochi Olympics, the first medal in alpine skiing for Canada in two decades.

The events kick off with the ladies super-g on January 3rd, followed by the men’s super-g on the 4th. Make sure to check out the full event schedule here and also catch all the action on Sportsnet. Join us in cheering on our athletes as they go for gold and race to become crowned world champions!

 

For more information on Alpine Canada, visit their website here

For more information on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, click here

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TORONTO – November 27, 2014 – Mackenzie Financial Corporation (Mackenzie Investments) is pleased to officially launch its long-term sponsorship of Snow Sports Canada this weekend at the Men’s Downhill and Super G Alpine World Cup at Lake Louise, Alberta followed by the Audi FIS Cross World Cup Ski Cross at Nakiska, Alberta on December 6th, where Mackenzie Investments is supporting sponsor.

“Mackenzie Investments commends the passion for excellence that these top performing athletes bring to their races and we look forward to following their achievements, as well as those of their peers in other snow sports, throughout this season,” said Jeff Carney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mackenzie Investments.

Snow Sports Sponsorship

In September, Mackenzie Investments announced a long-term sponsorship of Snow Sports Canada, providing support to seven premier national snow sport organizations including Alpine Canada, Biathlon Canada, Canada Snowboard, Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, Cross Country Canada, Nordic Combined Canada and Ski Jumping Canada. Mackenzie Investments is also building on its long history of supporting grassroots alpine skiing in its home province through a new five-year partnership with Alpine Ontario. This weekend is the official launch of that sponsorship on the slopes.

Mackenzie Investments is proud to sponsor three-time Olympic downhill racer Manny Osborne-Paradis at Lake Louise this weekend.

“The support of Mackenzie Investments will underpin everything our athletes do to achieve results this season and beyond. We are extremely grateful for this commitment and know it will help advance our competitors to the podium,” said Mark Rubinstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alpine Canada Alpin.

Mackenzie Investments has also entered into an agreement to be presenting sponsor of broadcast coverage of snow sports – including races, interviews and commentary – on CBC, Sportsnet and Ski Television. Key events of the season include:

  • Men’s Downhill and Super G Alpine World Cup, November 29-30, Lake Louise, Alberta
  • FIS Cross World Cup Ski Cross, December 6, Nakiska, Alberta
  • World Cup Moguls January 3, Calgary, Alberta
  • World Cup Moguls February 7, Val Saint-Côme, Quebec
  • Snowboard Jamboree February 20, 21, 22, Quebec City, Quebec
  • NorAm Championships and National Championships Biathlon March 9-15, Hinton, Alberta
  • National Championships Cross Country March 14-21, Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Air Nation Freestyle Snowboard Nationals March 25-28, Whistler, British Columbia

For more information, please visit mackenzieinvestments.com

Three Canadian men’s alpine skiers nominated to Sochi 2014 Olympic team

The Canadian Olympic Committee welcomes three “Canadian Cowboys” onto the Canadian Olympic Team, as they head to Sochi poised to end a 20-year medal drought for Canada on Olympic soil.

Canadian Alpine skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis

These three athletes will compete against the world’s best as Canada’s representatives in downhill and super-G, carrying some momentum forward from a positive start to the 2013-14 World Cup season. Two-time Olympian, who now holds a Canadian-best 21 career World Cup podium finishes, Erik Guay (Mont-Tremblant, QC) will lead this year’s team into Sochi. He will be joined by two-time Olympian, Manuel Osborne-Paradis (Vancouver, BC) who is also hoping to find Olympic podium success. The trio will also include Vancouver 2010 Olympian, Jan Hudec (Calgary, AB), a World Cup winner and world championship medallist.

“Any time you have the opportunity to represent your country it’s a great honour and privilege,” said Osborne-Paradis. “It’s about putting all your cards on the table on the day of the race and hopefully you get some hardware. Right now we have three guys who have the chance to do that for the Canadian Cowboys. That’s what inspires kids to become champions and work their way up through the system – an Olympic medal would just really top it off.”

Wednesday’s announcement was attended by Lake Placid 1980 Olympic bronze medallist and Canada’s Chef de Mission for Sochi 2014, Steve Podborski; and Ed Podivinsky who earned an Olympic bronze medal at Lillehammer 1994, and is the last Canadian alpine skier to medal at an Olympic Games.

“What a great honour it is to represent Canada at the Olympic Games. I understand and appreciate the dedication and commitment that Erik, Jan and Manuel have for their sport and country,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “There is something truly special about this group of skiers and I look forward to seeing them perform at their highest level in Sochi.”

“Congratulations to our male alpine skiers, who will make us proud in Sochi,” added Costas Menegakis, Member of Parliament, (Richmond Hill). “Your breathtaking speed will captivate Canadians as they cheer for you from every corner of our country. Good luck as you prepare to excel on the slopes in just a few weeks.”

The qualification window for Canadian male and female alpine skiers remains open until Jan. 26, so more men’s team racers could yet join Guay, Osborne-Paradis and Hudec in being nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team. The Canadian men’s speed team is due to leave for Europe Wednesday to compete in several more World Cups prior to the start of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will take place from February 7-23, 2014. The Canadian Olympic Team has set a goal to contend for the top spot in overall medals won.

List of male alpine skiers nominated to the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic Team:

  • Erik Guay, Mont-Tremblant, Que.
  • Jan Hudec, Calgary, Alta.
  • Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Vancouver, B.C.