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Nine men and 11 women officially nominated to Canadian Olympic Team

The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association today announced their 20 athletes who are formally nominated onto the Canadian Olympic Freestyle Skiing Team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The nine men: Alex Bilodeau; Marc-Antoine Gagnon; Mikaël Kingsbury; Alex Beaulieu-Marchand; Noah Bowman; Justin Dorey; Matt Margetts; Mike Riddle; and Travis Gerrits; and 11 women: Chloé Dufour-Lapointe; Justine Dufour-Lapointe; Maxime Dufour-Lapointe; Dara Howell; Kim Lamarre; Yuki Tsubota; Kaya Turski; Roz Groenewoud; Megan Gunning; Keltie Hansen; and Audrey Robichaud, were nominated during an announcement at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal.

“I am ready to hit the slopes of Russia and show the world why Canada is a force to be reckoned with,” said Alexandre Bilodeau, two-time Olympian, Vancouver 2010 gold medallist. The Canadian Olympic Freestyle Team is totally focused. These Games belong to Canada.”

“I always hoped that I would be able to represent the nation by doing what I love,” said Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who makes her Olympic debut in Sochi. “To be able to say that I am now doing that is a dream come true. I can’t wait to represent Canada in Sochi.”

“Our freestyle skiers are among the world’s best and this is reflected by the outstanding team nominated today,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “Congratulations to each one of our freestyle skiing athletes, you deserve this great honour and Canada will cheer for you as you take to the Olympic snow in Sochi!”

The FIS allocates up to 26 quota spots for each nation for all five freestyle disciplines. The minimum requirement from the FIS is a top thirty ranking in order for an athlete to eligible for the Games. No more than four athletes per gender in each discipline can be nominated.

“Bravo to all our freestyle skiers who have been named to Team Canada for the Sochi Games, and congratulations to the very first athletes to take part in Olympic half-pipe and slope-style events,” said the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture). “As you race down the hill performing breathtaking feats, be assured that your country is with you all the way, from the beginning to the end of the competitions. You make us proud! Good luck!”

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

List of Freestyle Ski athletes nominated to the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic Team:


Travis Gerrits Milton, ON


Roz Groenewoud Calgary, AB
Megan Gunning Calgary, AB
Keltie Hansen Edmonton, AB

Noah Bowman Calgary, AB
Justin Dorey Vernon, BC
Matt Margetts Penticton, BC
Mike Riddle Sherwood Park, AB


Dara Howell Huntsville, ON
Kim Lamarre Quebec City, QC
Yuki Tsubota Whistler, BC
Kaya Turski Montreal, QC

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand Quebec City, QC


Chloé Dufour-Lapointe Montreal, QC
Justine Dufour-Lapointe Montreal, QC
Maxime Dufour-Lapointe Montreal, QC
Audrey Robichaud Quebec City, QC

Alex Bilodeau Rosemère, QC
Marc-Antoine Gagnon Terrebonne, QC
Mikaël Kingsbury Deux-Montagnes, QC

These 20 freestyle skiers now join 10 speed skaters, 10 curling athletes, 16 bobsledders, seven lugers, four skeleton athletes, 21 women hockey players, eight biathletes, five snowboarders, 25 men hockey players, six alpine skiers, 17 figure skaters and 11 cross-country skiers as the next members on the Canadian Olympic Team. Up to five more teams will be announced between now and February.

One of the most naturally-gifted skiers on the team, Hudec has a unique personal story that begins with his family fleeing their Czech homeland in a boat when he was a young child. After spending time in a West German refugee camp, the Hudecs eventually settled in Alberta. Hudec’s ski career is a testament to his perseverance, having fought back from multiple major knee surgeries and other serious injuries. In 2007, he became the first Canadian in the history of the Lake Louise World Cup to win the downhill. He also claimed a world championship silver medal that year. In 2012, he won his first World Cup race since 2007 when he led Canada to a historic 1-3-5 finish in Chamonix, France.

For Jan’s full bio visit http://www.alpinecanada.org/athlete/hudec 


Erik Guay, of Mont-Tremblant, Que. is the most decorated Canadian alpine World Cup skier ever. With 21 World Cup podiums, Guay is also the 2011 world downhill champion and 2010 super-G Crystal Globe winner, making him one of the top Canadian alpine skiers in history. At the 2010 Olympics, Guay was just 0.03 seconds away from a podium in the super-G, finishing fifth. He is hoping to claim his first Olympic medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Outside skiing, Guay is a proud husband and father, a motor racing enthusiast and a keen hockey player and Canadiens fan.

For Erik’s full bio visit http://www.alpinecanada.org/athlete/guay

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.


This Issue: Smart food choices to get the most out of your ski day

Marcel Hoelzerr

Swiss-trained chef Marcel Holzherr has run critically acclaimed restaurants in Canmore and Banff Alberta, been a private chef at a BC heli-ski lodge and run cooking classes for athletes to help them make good nutritional choices. His ability to cater to athletes’ unique dietary needs led to his role as chef for Canada’s alpine ski team at the 2002 Salt Lake City, 2006 Turin, and 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. In 2014, he’ll be heading to Sochi to cook for Canada’s cross-country team. Below, Marcel shares his advice on the best foods to fuel your own ski day, whether you’re a hard-skiing powder hound or a family with kids.


A good breakfast at home will have you feeling energized and ready as soon as you hit the ski hill. Marcel recommends something like porridge (steel-cut oats) or buckwheat pancakes with lots of fresh fruit and natural yoghurt, or eggs with pan-fried potatoes. In his experience, the natural carbs in potatoes stay with you longer and keep you feeling energetic without feeling full. “When you eat clean fuel your body recovers quicker – it can burn and absorb the food more quickly. If you feel tired, it’s because your ingredients aren’t great.”

Tip: For quick and nutritious hash browns, boil potatoes the night before and roast or pan fry them in the morning. Avoid flavoured yoghurts and go for natural – it contains less sugar and sweeteners


Most hills don’t offer great food options, so Marcel says he always packs his own. The keys to a lunch that will replenish your energy and rebuild your muscle cells for the second half of your ski day are a light protein (white meat or fish, or veggie sources from lentils or dried beans), along with carbs. This kind of protein is lighter and easier to digest than red meat. Eating carbs and protein together helps both to digest more easily.

Marcel’s favourite lunch choices are a sandwich and home-made bean salad. For the sandwich, choose spelt bread (or some sort of whole or ancient grain) and fill with avocado, turkey breast and cream cheese, plus any other vegetables you like – lettuce, tomato etc. The bean salad is any combination of dried beans (dried lentils, chick peas, kidney beans, black peas etc.) which provide an excellent vegetable protein.

Some mountains, like Whistler, do offer a wide range of choices. If buying your lunch in the ski lodge, make smart choices: go for chili, soup or even the salad bar. Pizza might even be OK if it’s a homemade flatbread. Remember – you’re looking for a combination of light protein (white meat or vegetable protein) and a whole grain carbohydrate.

Tip: To make bean salad the night before, soak then boil the beans till softened. Mix with olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper.


A small bag of nuts and dried fruit will fit in your pocket and be easy to carry and eat on the chairlift between runs. Pack any mix you like: almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts along with dried fruits like mangos, coconut, apples, raisins, figs and dates. Eating smaller amounts throughout the day means you’ll never feel hungry – especially important if you’re going to go out and ski hard for several hours without a break.

Tip: Figs and dates in particular are an excellent natural sugar source. Marcel uses fig and date bars for skiers who have to wait hours in the warming hut during weather delays, because it enables them to maintain their energy but keep their stomachs empty and be ready to race on a moment’s notice. They’re great for recreational skiers too, especially kids.

Stay Hydrated

You might not think you’re thirsty when you’re out skiing in the cold, certainly not the way you’d feel on a hot run or in the gym. But Marcel cautions that most people get very dehydrated when they ski. You might also feel dizzy from altitude. Water is very important, and he suggests everyone carry a water bottle. Tea is a good alternative if you need a warm-up at lunch, but avoid pop, coffee and alcohol which are all dehydrating. Remember if you drink several cups of coffee before you hit the slopes in the morning, you’ll need to drink extra water during the day to rehydrate.