Future of Canadian skiing returns from the Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lausanne
Calgary, AB (January 23, 2020) – After two weeks of international action, the future of Canadian ski racing and ski cross are on their way back to North America with memories and experience to take them to the next level of racing. Alpine Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee were proud to send the eight athletes and four coaches to Lausanne to compete in alpine skiing and ski cross at the Youth Olympic Winter Games Lausanne 2020 in Switzerland, January 9 – 22.
The alpine ski team made up of Sarah Brown (Mont-Tremblant, QC), Alice Marchessault (Ste-Anne-des-Lacs, QC), Mack Wood (Toronto, ON) and Louis Latulippe (Quebec City, QC), coached by Ève Routhier (Ski Québec Alpin) and Doug Williams (Green Mountain Valley School) raced at Les Diablerets Alpine Centre. The group competed in super G, alpine combined, giant slalom and slalom. The top finish for the team was Latulippe’s 10th place finish in the men’s slalom on Jan. 14. But, finishes on the slopes were only part of the experience.
“For me, my favorite part of the Games was getting to meet and live with people from all over the world, and to feel like I was part of the great Olympic family. It was pretty much the first time I ski raced at an international competition, and I loved it. The whole experience was something I’ll never forget, and I feel like it has helped me to develop as an athlete.” said Louis Latulippe.
The ski cross team was made up of Sage Stefani (Rossland, BC), Marie-Pier Brunet (Bromont, QC), Charlie Lang (Calgary, AB), Jack Morrow (Whistler, BC) and coached by Kya Fairley (Nakiska Alpine Ski Association) and Adam Bourns (Evolve Ski Cross Club). They competed in the ski cross and team ski-snowboard cross at Villars Winter Park. The ski cross team had strong performances with Marie-Pier Brunet leading the pack finishing in 5th place in the women’s ski cross on Jan. 19.
For Lang, the whole experience was life changing and will set him up for success moving forward in ski cross, “I really enjoyed the whole atmosphere of the games, during the Closing Ceremonies Team Canada really represented ourselves well. Of course, the competition itself was incredible, the course, the competitors and the entire event was life changing.”
The experience was one that the athletes will never forget and with recent World Cup personal bests for past Youth Olympic Winter Games athletes Amelia Smart (Invermere, BC), Ali Nullmeyer (Toronto, ON) and Reece Howden (Cultus Lake, BC) the sky is the limit for this year’s representatives.
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