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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:

Aerials

Travis Gerrits Milton, ON

Halfpipe

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

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

Slopestyle

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

Men
Alex Beaulieu-Marchand Quebec City, QC

Moguls

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

Men
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.

11 Athletes Nominated to Historic Men’s and Women’s Teams

Cross Country Canada announced today the men and women officially nominated onto the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic Cross Country Skiing Team.

The six men: Alex Harvey (St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Quebec); Devon Kershaw (Sudbury, Ontario); Ivan Babikov (Canmore, Alberta); Graeme Killick (Fort McMurray, Alberta); Jesse Cockney (Canmore, Alberta); and Lenny Valjas (Toronto, Ontario); and five women: Chandra Crawford (Canmore, Alberta); Daria Gaiazova (Banff, Alberta); Heidi Widmer (Banff, Alberta); Emily Nishikawa (Whitehorse, Yukon); and Perianne Jones (Almonte, Ontario) were nominated during an announcement at Altadore School in Calgary.

ccskinationalsCanada is set to send one of its most talented teams of cross-country skiers of yet to the start line with a focus on contributing to the nation’s medal count at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. For the first time ever, Canada qualified a core group of seven veterans – six of them Olympians who have all won medals on the World Cup circuit over the last four years. Each of these athletes qualified based on their World Cup results over the last two years.

“This is a medal-winning team that has evolved from a group of talented athletes excited to be on the start line into a group of determined high-performers focused on winning, and confident in their ability to achieve podium results,” said Tom Holland, High-Performance Director, Cross Country Canada.

The final four athletes including Graeme Killick, Jesse Cockney, Heidi Widmer and Emily Nishikawa, earned the last four spots to round out the Canadian Olympic Cross-Country Ski Team following Cross Country Canada’s Olympic Trials held last week in Canmore, Alberta.

“Depth is critical towards mounting an attack on the podium in any sport, and we have seen through the development of our elite program, that our women are hungry to win another medal at the Games, while us guys are now racing to win the country’s first-ever Olympic medal,” said Devon Kershaw, who was the first Canadian male along with Alex Harvey to win a gold medal at the World Championships.

“Our cross-country skiers have been training ferociously with unmatched dedication in order to be at the top of their game as we head into Sochi,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “On behalf of the COC, I congratulate all 11 of our phenomenal cross-country skiing athletes – your country will certainly be cheering you on as you take to the snow in Russia.”

The athletes were officially introduced by seven lucky Calgary kids in front of more than 270 of their fellow students that painted the gym red with clothing at Altadore School. After being introduced, the athletes led by  Cross Country Canada`s official mascot, Klister, took the kids along with the school’s teachers and officials from the COC and Cross Country Canada to the playground where they competed in a fun relay race.

Ski tracks were set in the Altadore schoolyard for the students who are currently enjoying a week of introductory cross-country ski instruction courtesy of the Foothills Nordic Ski at School program – a local initiative to deliver cross-country skiing opportunities to students in Calgary area schools each winter.

“What pride we will feel as a country watching our talented athletes representing Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi,” said  Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary-Centre). “With your talent and determination, you will have us holding our breath as you outdo yourselves facing some of the world’s greatest cross-country skiers. We are very proud of you! Best of luck with final preparations and good luck!”

Led by Beckie Scott’s first-ever medal for Canada in the sport of cross-country skiing at the 2002 Olympics when she skied to the gold, Canada has three Olympic medals in total. Scott also won a silver in the team sprint with Sara Renner in 2006 – the same year Chandra Crawford won the gold medal in the skate-sprint race.

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 cross-country ski athletes nominated to the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic Team:

Women:    
First Last Hometown
Chandra Crawford Canmore, AB
Daria Gaiazova Banff, AB
Emily Nishikawa Whitehorse, YK
Perianne Jones Almonte, ON
Heidi Widmer Banff, AB
     
Men:    
First Last Hometown
Alex Harvey St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC
Devon Kershaw Sudbury, O
Ivan Babikov Canmore, AB
Lenny Valjas Toronto, ON
Graeme Killick Fort MacMurray, AB
Jesse Cockney Canmore, AB


These 11 cross-country 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, three skiers and 17 figure skaters, as the next members on the Canadian Olympic Team. Up to seven more teams will be announced between now and February.

A richly talented speed skier who is famed for his fun-loving, larger-than-life personality, ‘Manny’ has three World Cup wins to his name – including his famous victory in Lake Louise, Alta., in 2009. The North Vancouver, B.C., native, who grew up skiing in Whistler, B.C., but lives and trains in Calgary, Alta., enjoyed a superb comeback season in 2012-13, narrowly missing a podium in downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway, and claiming the Canadian downhill title. Away from the ski hill Osborne-Paradis is known for his community work, which includes running an annual ski camp for kids with teammate Mike Janyk in Whistler. He’s also an avid golfer.

For Manny’s full bio visit http://www.alpinecanada.org/athlete/osborne-paradis

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.