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Snowboard has Named Four Athletes to its 2014 Para National Team

MEET THE 2014 CANADIAN PARA SNOWBOARD TEAM
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Tyler Mosher (Whistler, BC)
Michelle Salt (Calgary, AB)
Ian Lockey (Trail, BC)
John Leslie (Armprior, ON)

Tyler Mosher

The team will be lead by 2009 Para Snowboard World Champion Tyler Mosher, who made a previous appearance at the Paralympics as a Cross-Country skier before concentrating solely on snowboarding. “After you’ve had a spinal cord injury snowboarding it’s a dream come true to learn to walk again and then help develop the sport to the point where it is part the Paralympic games,” said Mosher, “It’s a blessing to still be young enough to compete but better still to compete at the level where you can come back with a gold medal. It is truly an honor and I feel very lucky to be able to represent my country.”

In his three years on the Para-Snowboard National Team. Tyler has made his mark on the adaptive snowsport world. From winning the first Adaptive Snowboard World Cup in 2008 to being a founding board member of the Whistler Adaptive Sport Program, Tyler has been a leader and a driving force in the para snowboard movement. When he is not snowboarding, Tyler is an active adaptive cross-country skier and an inspirational speaker. Tyler sustained an injury resulting in incomplete paraplegia.

Michelle Salt

New on the team is rookie Michelle Salt of Calgary, AB. Salt was involved in a nearly fatal motorcycle crash only two years ago; she underwent numerous surgeries including the amputation of her right leg. Her accident did not stop her from getting back on her board as soon as she could and two weeks after her accident she was on the phone with current National Team coach Candice Drouin to make it a reality.

She currently lives in Calgary, AB where she trains with Evolve Snowboard Club at COP and Lake Louise. When she’s not training, she enjoys other sports such as cycling, wakeboarding and kayaking. She also spends time speaking for STARS and Canadian Blood services as patient/recipient. She is relatively new to the para-snowboard world as she lost her leg above the right knee in June 2011.

 Ian Lockey

Ian is entering his third year with the Canada~Snowboard Para Snowboarding team. Outside of the sport, he enjoys mountain biking, gardening and listening to punk rock music. Ian sustained an injury resulting in incomplete paraplegia.

 

John Leslie

John is currently living in Ottawa in his first year of university. John trains with the Ottawa Akademy Club and looking forward to competing on the World Cup circuit. Off the snow, John enjoys spending time with his friends and family as well as mountain biking and water sports. John has a below the knee amputation.

 

For full bios and information on the Para-Snowboard team visit: http://www.canadasnowboard.ca/en/team/parasnowboard/

How it works, where it comes from and who to watch

Slopestyle skiing is already a favourite at the X Games and Dew Tour, but the sport will take the final step in its journey from the terrain park to the big time when its athletes make their Olympic debut in Sochi in February 2014. In a sense it’s also the next phase in the modernization of the Winter Olympic Games – bringing in sports largely developed through inclusion in the X Games – which began when moguls and aerials were added as demonstration sports at the ’88 Calgary Winter Olympics.

slopestyleIf you’re new to watching slopestyle it works like this: the skiers make their way down a terrain park course that features “waves” of features such as jumps and rails. In each wave, the athlete has several options in terms of type of feature or size of jump which they can choose from which ultimately add to both the individuality and creativity of the discipline. The athletes are judged and score points based on amplitude (how much air they get off the jumps), difficulty, originality and quality of their tricks – usually spins, grinds, grabs and flips. It’s a very creative sport; each skier is encouraged to develop his or her own personal style and there’s tremendous diversity in the tricks, which is what makes it so much fun for both the skiers and their audiences.

Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association (CFSA), calls slopestyle the urbanization of skiing. Growing out of BMX biking and skateboarding, slopestyle takes urban street culture to the snow. Beginning in about the mid 1990s, skiers began adopting some of the tricks that snowboarders were doing. Since then, slopestyle has accelerated rapidly and become an important and exciting part of the freestyle ski program, in part because it’s so accessible to everyone.

“Terrain parks are part of the mountain culture at just about every resort in Canada. Aspiring athletes can try out the obstacles and learn basic tricks, and if they’re keen, join a club,” says Judge. CFSA offers formalized athlete development programs in many freestyle ski clubs, which give kids a head start through instruction and competitive opportunities.

Canadian national team skier Kaya Turski got into slopestyle after rollerblading competitively as a teenager. “I was invited to an event where I tried skiing for the first time in about eight years,” she says. “It was very similar to rollerblading and I connected with the sport instantly.”

slopestylefeat

Unlike the “classic” freestyle disciplines of moguls and aerials, slopestyle athletes compete in a broad spectrum of events including not only the FIS World Cup but independent specialty events on the AFP circuit (Association of Freeskiing Professionals) and the X Games.  Through all these events they accumulate points and are ranked by the AFP on their top five finishes throughout the year.

To succeed at the highest level of the sport requires a mix of diverse athletic skills and inventive creativity. Judge says that Turski possesses this unique combination which is why she has been such a dominating force in the sport, winning almost everything there is to win including seven X-Games titles and two World Championship medals since 2010.   Although Kaya suffered an ACL injury in August last year she is well on the road to recovery and hungry to get back to her winning ways before and at Sochi.  Canada’s hopes are also supported by up and comer Dara Howell, who finished second to Kaya at last year’s World Championships and has stepped up in Kaya’s injury absence.

“With Kaya and Dara finishing 1-2 in the World Championships last winter, they have proven that they will certainly be in the hunt in Sochi,” concluded Judge.  Aside from the internal rivalry, the Canadian women will also face strong competition from athletes from the U.S. and Norway.  On the men’s side, rising stars Alex Beaulieu-Marchand and Alex Bellemare should also be in the hunt for medals in Sochi, though they’re expected to face tough competition, particularly from the Americans.

Of the chance to compete at the Olympics, Turski says “It’s a major opportunity for our sport to grow and for me to represent Canada and make my dreams come true. I can’t wait to be at the top of the start gate, ready to give it my all and having done everything I could do to be there.”

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.

 

Brittany Phelan pleased with her second slalom run in Are, Sweden.

Part of a group of emerging young Canadian female slalom specialists, ‘Britt’ had a breakthrough 2012-13 season as she recorded six top-30 World Cup finishes, including her first career top-10. Phelan, who has been a member of the national team since 2008, showed her promise with a fifth-place finish in slalom at the 2011 FIS Junior World Ski Championships. She made her debut at the senior world ski championships in Schladming, Austria, in 2013.

For Brittany’s full bio visit: http://www.alpinecanada.org/athlete/phelan

 

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.