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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!

 

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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.