The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Alpine Canada officially announced the 14 athletes and 11 coaches nominated to represent Team Canada in alpine skiing at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Skiers qualified for the team based on their performances during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 FIS World Cup seasons.
The skiers nominated are:
|Philip Brown||Toronto, ON|
|Dustin Cook||Lac-Sainte-Marie, QC|
|Jack Crawford||Toronto, ON|
|Erik Guay||Mont-Tremblant, QC|
|Manuel Osborne-Paradis||Invermere, BC|
|Trevor Philp||Calgary, AB|
|Erik Read||Calgary, AB|
|Broderick Thompson||Whistler, BC|
|Benjamin Thomsen||Invermere, BC|
|Candace Crawford||Toronto, ON|
|Valérie Grenier||Mont-Tremblant, QC|
|Erin Mielzynski||Guelph, ON|
|Roni Remme||Toronto, ON|
|Laurence St-Germain||Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC|
The coaches nominated are:
|Burkhard Schaffer||Men’s Speed, Head Coach||Scheifling, AUT|
|Manuel Gamper||Women’s Team, Head Coach||Ulten, ITA|
|Paolo Deflorian||Men’s Technical, Head Coach||Italy|
|Serge Dugas||Men’s Speed, Assistant Coach||Magog, BC|
|Stefan Guay||Men’s Speed, Assistant Coach||Mont-Tremblant, QC|
|Agneta Platter||Men’s Speed, Assistant Coach||Mals, ITA|
|Valter Ronconi||Men’s Technical, Assistant Coach||Italy|
|Ryan Malmberg||Men’s Technical, Assistant Coach||Ottawa, ON|
|Luca Agazzi||Women’s Team, Assistant Coach||Legnano, ITA|
|Alejo Hervás||Women’s Team, Assistant Coach||Spain|
|Jay Keddy||Women’s Team, Assistant Coach||Fredericton, NB|
Canada has won 11 Olympic medals, including four gold, since alpine skiing debuted at Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936. PyeongChang 2018 marks the first time since Calgary 1988 that a new alpine skiing event has been added to the Olympic program, with the debut of the team event.
Erik Guay leads the team as the most prolific Canadian ski racer of all time with 25 World Cup podiums and three World Championship medals. Manuel Osborne-Paradis joined him on the super-G podium at the 2017 World Championships. The Canadian team is also excited about the new alpine team event after winning silver at the 2015 World Championships.
Alpine skiing will take place February 11-24 (Days 2-15) at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre (speed events) and the Yongpyong Alpine Centre (technical events).
“This team is stacked with talent. These athletes are in a great position to compete against the best in the world and all of Canada will be cheering them on. I can’t wait to see them compete in a couple of short weeks.”
– Isabelle Charest, PyeongChang 2018 Team Canada Chef de Mission
“I am incredibly honoured and proud to represent Canada at the Olympic Games. This is my third Olympics and each one has been special in its own way, however never have I felt so proud to be representing our nation. I am looking forward to savouring each experience and moment, from marching in the Opening Ceremony to standing in the start gate. I feel the support of Canada behind me and I will use this to strengthen me. I will carry our nation in my heart as I race and I hope to make everyone proud. Our country is so special because good or bad it stands behind us, lifting us up, fighting for us and believing in us… to our athletes over in South Korea, this means the world.”
– Erin Mielzynski, PyeongChang 2018 nominated athlete
“This will be my fourth Olympic Games and the feeling of pride I have for representing Canada in front of the world never gets old. There is nothing more special than competing for Canada and being part of the Olympic experience. I will be racing in both the downhill and super-G events and I hope everyone at home will be tuning in to cheer on all Canadian athletes.”
– Manuel Osborne-Paradis, PyeongChang 2018 nominated athlete
Story and Photo: Canadian Olympic Committe