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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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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!

Big Air 2014

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!

Charles Reid grew up snowboarding at a young age in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. He has been competing for over a decade in halfpipe, slopstyle and big air. Charles has dominated podiums around the world at high profile events such as the Burton US Open Rail Jam, Burton Canadian Open, Empire Shakedown, Oakley Stylewars and Winter Dew Tour. With his busy schedule, he also manages to find the time to film video parts. Charles Reid will definitely be someone to watch from the 2014 Olympic team.

For Charles’s full bio visit: http://www.canadasnowboard.ca/en/team/?id=162

Nicknamed “Garcon” or “The Kid”, 19-year-old Maxence Parot started snowboarding at nine years of age because all his friends were in to it. Coached by Max Henault from O’Neill, Parot finished in third place at the 2010 Ride Shakedown, a competition he had always dreamed of winning. As well, Parrot finished third in Slopestyle and first in Big Air at the 2011 Winter Games. In the summertime, Parrot works on a golf course in Bromont, Québec, and trains and practices tricks on the trampoline. Maxence’s father is a former Canadian champion of waterskiing and alpine skiing.

Click here to see Maxence’s snowboard edit from the 2012 seaon: www.youtube.com/watch

For Maxence’s full bio visit: http://www.canadasnowboard.ca/en/team/?id=113 

Canada’s Snowboard Team grows as 19 more athletes are nominated to Canadian Olympic Team

Eight women and 11 men join five snowboarding athletes already nominated to Canadian Olympic Team

Canada Snowboard announced today their remaining 19 athletes who are formally nominated onto the Canadian Olympic Snowboarding Team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The eight women: Jenna Blasman (Kitchener, ON); Caroline Calvé (Aylmer, QC); Alexandra Duckworth (Kingsburg, NS); Ariane Lavigne (Lac Supérieur, QC); Marianne Leeson (Burlington, ON); Dominique Maltais (Petite-Rivière-St-François, QC); Mercedes Nicoll (Whistler, BC); Katie Tsuyuki (Toronto, ON); and 11 men: Jasey-Jay Anderson (Mont-Tremblant, QC); Rob Fagan (Cranbrook, BC); Kevin Hill (Vernon, BC); Jake Holden (Caledon, ON); Michael Lambert (Toronto, ON); Crispin Lipscomb (Whistler, BC); Derek Livingston (Aurora, ON); Brad Martin (Ancaster, ON); Matt Morison (Burketon, ON); Maxence Parrot (Bromont, QC); and Charles Reid (Mont-Tremblant, QC) were nominated during an announcement at the beautiful l’hôtel de Glace in Quebec City.

“Going to Sochi is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that I am honoured to have been chosen for,” said Caroline Calvé, Vancouver 2010 Olympian. “I have been working on perfecting my game for such a long time now and am excited to be competing against the world’s best. It will be an honour to be representing Canada at the Olympics.”

“Today is such a special day for me. To be named a Canadian Olympic snowboarder and being made part of the Canadian Olympic Team is one of the proudest moments of my career,” said Maxence Parrot. “I can’t wait to hit the snow in Sochi and show the world what Canada is made of.”

“This is an incredibly talented group of athletes who have all earned the right to don our country’s colours in Sochi,” added Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “Each of the snowboarders nominated today has the potential to compete and win against the world’s best. I look forward to seeing their stunning performances as they attempt to land on the Olympic podium.”

Canada Snowboard earned the maximum of 24 quota spots for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and each discipline received six. This means a full team will be heading to Sochi aiming for medal success. Canada’s snowboarders will be competing next at the X-Games (January 23-26) in Aspen, Colorado, where Mark McMorris and Dominique Maltais go in as defending champions in their respective disciplines. This, as well as the Sudelfeld PGS World Cup, will be the last international competitions for our Canadians prior to Sochi.

“Congratulations to the Canadian snowboarders who make up the Olympic snowboarding team for Sochi. We are anxious to see you go up against the best athletes in your discipline, achieve great things and demonstrate your skill to the world,” said Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament (Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière). “Your fellow Canadians are cheering you on at every stage of your journey. Good luck in your preparations and in the competitions!”

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 Snowboarding athletes nominated to the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic Team:

First Last Hometown Sport
Jasey-Jay Anderson Mont-Tremblant, QC Snowboard – Men’s PGS/PSL
Jenna  Blasman Kitchener, ON Snowboard – Women’s Slopestyle
Caroline  Calvé Aylmer, QC Snowboard – Women’s PGS/PSL
Alex Duckworth Kingsburg, NS Snowboard – Women’s Halfpipe
Rob Fagan Cranbrook, BC Snowboard – Men’s SBX
Kevin Hill Vernon, BC Snowboard – Men’s SBX
Jake  Holden Caledon, ON Snowboard – Men’s SBX
Michael  Lambert Toronto, ON Snowboard – Men’s PGS/PSL
Ariane Lavigne Lac Supérieur, QC Snowboard – Women’s PGS/PSL
Marianne Leeson Burlington, ON Snowboard – Women’s PGS/PSL
Crispin Lipscomb Whistler, BC Snowboard – Men’s Halfpipe
Derek  Livingston Aurora, ON Snowboard – Men’s Halfpipe
Dominique Maltais Petite-Rivière-St-François, QC Snowboard – Women’s SBX
Brad  Martin Ancaster, ON Snowboard – Men’s Halfpipe
Matt Morison Burketon, ON Snowboard – Men’s PGS/PSL
Mercedes Nicoll Whistler, BC Snowboard – Women’s Halfpipe
Maxence  Parrot Bromont, QC Snowboard – Men’s Slopestyle
Charles  Reid Mont-Tremblant, QC Snowboard – Men’s Slopestyle
Katie  Tsuyuki Toronto, ON Snowboard – Women’s Halfpipe

These newly-nominated 19 snowboarders now join five other snowboarders (Mark McMorris, Sebastien Toutant, Spencer O’Brien, Maelle Ricker and Chris Robanske), 10 speed skaters, 10 curling athletes, 16 bobsledders, seven lugers, four skeleton athletes, 21 women hockey players, eight biathletes, 25 men hockey players, six alpine skiers, 17 figure skaters, 11 cross-country skiers and 20 freestyle skiers as the next members on the Canadian Olympic Team. Up to four more teams will be announced between now and February.