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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!

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One of the biggest events of the nordic skiing season, the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, is just around the corner. With huge crowds, the best athletes from around the world, and a variety of events, this is a can’t-miss event for any nordic skiing fan. Read on to get familiar with the event, meet the athletes, and brush up on your knowledge of Team Canada!

Location

A city of 38,000 inhabitants, located in Sweden, Falun was named a world heritage site in 2001 by the United Nations. Falun has a history of hosting many high-level nordic skiing events, including the world championships. Currently held every other year, Falun has hosted the world championships three times – in ’54, ’74 & ’93. In 1954, an estimated 115,000 spectators watched 500 athletes from 21 nations compete, and while doing so set a record for attendance at a single winter sport event in Sweden when 50,000 watched the ski jumping final. The record wouldn’t be broken until Falun again hosted the nordic world championships, in 1993.

Falun 2015

The world championships contain three disciplines of nordic skiing – cross country, ski jumping, and nordic combined, the latter of which is a combination sport consisting of one run of ski jumping, and one run of cross country. Canada has hosted the nordic skiing world championships once, in 1995 in Thunder Bay, and this marked only the second time the event had been held outside of Europe. Spread out over eleven competition days, there are twelve different races on the programme for both men and women. The event kicks off Feb. 18th and wraps up March 1st.

Building on Success in 2013

Although Canada failed to win a medal when it hosted the event in ’95, Team Canada has since won three medals at the world championships – one gold and two bronze medals. Canada’s most accomplished cross-country skiing athlete, Alex Harvey, has won a medal in each of the last two world championships – a gold in the team sprint in 2011 in Norway with team-mate Devon Kershaw, and a bronze in the individual sprint event in 2013 in Italy.

Our Athletes

This year, Canada will look to build on its success of late at the world championships, and add to its medal count. The following athletes will represent Cross Country Canada:

Alex Harvey, Devon Kershaw, Ivan Babikov, Len Valijad, Jesse Cockney, Graeme Killick, Perianne Jones, Emily Nishikawa & Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt.

Join us in cheering on our athletes as they compete to show the world that #weownsnow