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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.

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The month of March always signifies the last full month of competition for our snow sport athletes. From the final alpine world cup races in France, to the end of the biathlon world cup season in Russia, to our cross country athletes wrapping up their season in Norway, it has been an exciting time for our fans. Fans across Canada had a blast cheering our athletes on down the homestretch and watching them #goforgold one last time.

During the month of March, biathlete Nathan Smith finished his breakout season by making history for Biathlon Canada. Coming off a strong February in which he had career best finishes of 5th and 7th, Smith went on to win the silver medal at the world championships in Kontiolahti, Finland, finish 5th in a sprint race in Russia, and then win gold in the pursuit race only a couple days later.   These results represented a series of milestones both for Smith as an athlete, and for Biathlon Canada:

  • First Canadian male to win a medal at the Biathlon World Championships
  • Second Canadian male to win a biathlon world cup gold medal
  • First Canadian male to win a both a world championship and world cup biathlon medal in the same season

With such a record-setting month, Nathan Smith is deservedly the Snow Sports Canada Athlete of the Month for March. Congratulations Nathan!

Notable Performances

Nathan Smith wasn’t the only Snow Sports Canada athlete who truly owned the snow in March. In fact, during the last work cup stops many of our athletes rose to the challenge and put in some of their best performances of the season. We now would like to acknowledge the following athletes for their strong performances at their respective final world cup events of the 2015-’16 season:

  • Taylor Henrich won her second bronze medal of the season at the final event in Norway
  • Dustin Cook won the alpine super-g in Meribel, France to end a breakout season
  • Chris Robanske finished the season on a high note, winning snowboard cross gold in Spain
  • Cassie Sharpe & Mike Riddle both won gold at the final halfpipe event in Tignes, France
  • Brady Leman stole silver at the last ski cross race of 2015 in Megeve, France

Congratulations to all of our athletes as they wrapped up the season in style and continued to show the world that when it comes to snow sports, no team is better than #TeamCanada

 

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Aerials Team Soars to the Finals in Moscow

The Canadian aerials team put in their strongest performance of the season this past Saturday under the lights in Moscow, Russia. Travis Gerrits and Olivier Rochon finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to lead an excellent result for the Canadian team. Canada was the only nation to have two athletes in the six-man final round.

“This is why I’ve always believed in Travis so much. I know what he’s capable of. He was more consistent and his landings are becoming better.” –Dennis Capicik, Head Coach

Taylor Henrich Stays Hot at World Championships

Henrich has been the toast of the Canadian ski jumping world ever since she made history with a podium in Germany earlier this year. She continued the strong season at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Falun, Sweden this weekend with a fifth place finish in the ski jump – Canada’s best ever results by a female ski jumper at a world championships. Henrich won the qualification event on Thursday, but unfortunately a strong wind mid-jump made it unable for her to ace the landing, causing the judges to dock points and see her position slip to fifth.

Alex Harvey Makes History in Falun

First a silver, then a bronze for Alex Harvey in Sweden. At the biggest event of the year, the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships, Harvey put in one of the best performances of his career when he won the silver medal in the sprint race this past Thursday. Not happy with just one medal, Harvey became the first Canadian cross country skier to win two medals in a world championships when he finished third in the gruelling skiathlon two days later. Congratulations Alex!

Canada Snowboard Comes Up Big on Home Soil

One of the most exciting snow sports events on home soil, the Snowboard Jamboree, was hosted by Stoneham & Quebec City this past weekend. Under the bright lights of Quebec City, Darcy Sharpe and Tyler Nicholson went 1-2 in the big air event to lead the way for Canada Snowboard on the podium. Over in Stoneham, Michael Ciccarelli was leading a golden rush of his own, stealing the show and finishing first in the slopestyle event. Way to make your country proud guys!

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Hosting The World’s Best Since 2005

Since 2005, the FIS Snowboard World Cup has been a must-see event in Quebec, hosting some of the best snowboard athletes from around the world. Held this year from February 19th-22nd in Quebec City and Stoneham, the event will be 100% freestyle for 2015. Featuring both slopestyle and big air world cup events, including for the first time a women’s big air, the jamboree never fails to put on a show. The action is highlighted this year by the big air finals on Friday night in Quebec City, followed up by the slopestyle finals on Saturday afternoon. To see all the events planned for the 2015 Snowboard Jamboree, make sure to check out the Snowboard Jamboree website.

Quick Facts

  • 16th edition of the world cup tour stop in Quebec
  • 9th edition of the Snowboard Jamboree Festival
  • 100% freestyle
  • Over 50,000 expected visitors
  • 500 volunteers
  • Two world cup & three amateur events
  • Over 200 athletes from 20 countries

The Atmosphere

With five official Snowboard Jamboree parties, musical performances, amateur and world cup events, and 50,000 screaming fans, this is no ordinary snowboard world cup event. The Jamboree is a celebration of freestyle snowboarding at its finest – and one that can’t be missed. Watch this highlight reel from the 2014 big air and see for yourself.

Reppin’ the Maple Leaf in 2015

Canadian slopestyle and big air athletes have been turning heads on the world stage this year, with the likes of Tyler Nicholson, Mikey Ciccarelli and Darcy Sharpe putting in strong results this season. On the women’s side, Jenna Blasman has shown that she can compete with the best, and will be looking to prove that once again in Quebec. Make sure to root for all our athletes at the 2015 Snowboard Jamboree, and cheer them on as they go for gold on home soil!

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