CALGARY (January 22, 2018) — The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Alpine Canada officially announced the eight athletes and three coaches nominated to represent Team Canada in ski cross at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Skiers were selected based on their performances during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 FIS World Cup seasons.
The athletes nominated are:
|Chris Del Bosco||Men’s ski Cross||Montreal, QC|
|Kevin Drury||Men’s ski Cross||Toronto, ON|
|David Duncan||Men’s ski Cross||London, ON|
|Brady Leman||Men’s ski Cross||Calgary, AB|
|Brittany Phelan||Women’s Ski Cross||Mont-Tremblant, QC|
|Kelsey Serwa||Women’s Ski Cross||Kelowna, BC|
|India Sherret||Women’s Ski Cross||Cranbrook, BC|
|Marielle Thompson||Women’s Ski Cross||Whistler, BC|
|Ian Deans||Men's Alternate||Kelowna, B.C.|
|Tiana Gairns||Women's Alternate||Prince George, B.C.|
The coaches and support staff nominated are:
|Stanley Hayer||Head Coach||Kimberley, BC|
|Primoz Vrhovnik||Assistant Coach||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Sead Causevic||Assistant Coach||Vancouver, BC|
|Rod Honey||Ski Service||Sun Peaks, BC|
|James Perks||Ski Service||Calgary, Alta.|
|Mike Conway||Physio||Whistler, B.C.|
|Catherine Cartwright||Massage||Squamish, B.C.|
|Willy Raine||Team Leader||Calgary, Alta.|
Since ski cross was introduced to the Olympic program at Vancouver 2010, Canada has been an Olympic powerhouse, winning three medals, including a 1-2 finish at Sochi 2014 by Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa. Canadian ski cross racers have also dominated the World Cup circuit, claiming Nations Cup titles and Crystal Globes. In the 2015-16 season and the 2016-17 season, the Canada Ski Cross team earned the most World Cup points by a nation.
Ski cross will take place February 21-23 (Days 12-14) at the Phoenix Snow Park.
“Canada excels in ski cross and we are nominating a team that can continue this tradition of success. I can’t wait to watch them show the world what they are capable of in a few short weeks. I know they will make us proud."
- Isabelle Charest, PyeongChang 2018 Team Canada Chef de Mission
“It’s an honour to compete for Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games,” said Serwa. “I stood on the podium in 2014 in Sochi and it was one of the proudest moments of my life to win an Olympic medal for Canada. Over the last four years, I’ve continued to pursue my goal of competing for Canada once again at the Games.”
- Kelsey Serwa, PyeongChang 2018 nominated athlete
“This will be my second Winter Olympics and I feel just as excited and just as proud to represent Canada as I did the first time,” said Leman. “I can’t wait to compete for our country. For the last four years, I’ve been pushing, training and hunting down podium finishes with the goal of being named to the 2018 Ski Cross Olympic Team. I’m proud of what myself and the team have accomplished and I know we are heading into the Games with tons of talent and great medal potential.”
- Brady Leman, PyeongChang 2018 nominated athlete
“The ski cross athletes named to Team Canada today have proven, on many occasions, that they are among the best in the world. Our athletes have worked hard to reach this moment, and Alpine Canada has done an outstanding job of preparing them. It’s now our turn to ensure there will be no shortage of support back home! Let’s go Canada!”
- The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
Prior to being named to Team Canada, all nominations are subject to approval by the COC’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations in late January 2018.
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