TORONTO, ON (October 30th, 2007) – The largest-ever Canadian ski team, anchored by two World Cup champions from last season as well as World Championship silver medalist Jan Hudec (Calgary, AB), will be looking to build off of last season’s record-setting performance as Canada hosts 10 World Cup alpine ski races in 2007/08.
With the ski racers introduced today during an event at the TELUS Flagship store in Toronto, ON, the Canadian team has set a goal of achieving 14 World Cup podium performances and a fifth place finish in the Nation’s Cup standings this season.
“We have increased the size of the Canadian team dramatically this year thanks to increased corporate support and funding from Own the Podium,” said Alpine Canada Alpin CEO, Ken Read.
“This is the year to build competitive depth within our team as we prepare for the 2009 World Championships and the 2010 Games, especially as the rest of the world keeps raising the competitive bar each and every year,” said Max Gartner, ACA’s Chief Athletics Officer and Director of Own the Podium Projects.
The Canadian team will be led by last season’s World Cup champions Erik Guay (Mont-Tremblant, QC) and John Kucera (Calgary, AB) along with World Cup medalists Emily Brydon (Fernie, BC), Kelly VanderBeek (Kitchener, ON), Michael Janyk (Whistler, BC), François Bourque (New Richmond, QC) and Manuel Osborne-Paradis (Vancouver, BC).
The team also includes 12 new faces – eight newcomers named to the Ladies 2010 Acceleration Team and four newcomers to the Men’s Development Team. These groups will focus on gaining experience against tough international competition.
“We had unbelievable training this off-season and I believe spending as much time as we did training in Canada at Camp Green on Farnham Glacier will be a tremendous benefit to us as the season progresses. I believe we have a solid core of athletes who are focused on our goal to be the best,” said Alpine Director Dusan Grasic.
This World Cup season will also be highlighted by a record 10 races in Canada.
In Lake Louise, where they have been hosting World Cup races since 1989, the speed season will get underway Nov. 24th to 25th with the Men’s Bombardier Winterstart Downhill and Bombardier Winterstart Super G while the Ladies Bombardier Winterstart DH and Bombardier Winterstart SG are scheduled for Dec. 1st and 2nd.
World Cup alpine ski racing returns to Panorama, BC for the first time since 1992 with the Ladies TELUS Panorama Giant Slalom and TELUS Panorama Slalom races Nov. 24th and 25th.
Whistler will then host the Ladies for the TELUS Whistler Downhill and TELUS Whistler Super Combined and the Men in the TELUS Whistler Super G and TELUS Whistler Giant Slalom from Feb. 21st to 24th, 2008.
The Canadian ski team achieved a record 14 World Cup podiums as well as a World Championships silver medal last season. The team achieved 3714 World Cup points and has moved up from 12th to sixth in Nation’s Cup standings since 2002.
The Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team will be announced next month.
The 2007/08 Canadian Alpine Ski Team
SENIOR LADIES - RESIDENCE (SKI CLUBS)
Emily Brydon - Fernie, BC (Fernie Snow Valley Racers)
Emilie Desforges - Montréal, QC (Mont-Tremblant)
Allison Forsyth - Nanaimo, BC (Mt. Washington)
Marie-Michèle Gagnon - Lac-Etchemin, QC (Mont Orignal)
Britt Janyk - Whistler, BC (Whistler Mountain Ski Club)
Sherry Lawrence - Calgary, AB (NATC – Kananaskis Alpine Ski Club)
Christina Lustenberger - Invermere, BC (Windermere Ski Club)
Shona Rubens - Canmore, AB (Lake Louise / Sunshine Ski Club)
Geneviève Simard - Val-Morin, QC (Montcalm (Val-St-Côme)
Kelly VanderBeek - Kitchener, ON (Chicopee Ski Club)
Larisa Yurkiw - Owen Sound, ON (Georgian Peaks Ski Club)
CAST INVITEES – LADIES – RESIDENCE (SKI CLUBS)
Anna Goodman - Pointe Claire, QC (Mont-Tremblant)
Gail Kelly - Ste-Anges de Beauce, QC (Le Relais)
Megan Ryley - Toronto, ON (Craigleith Ski Club)
Danielle Poleschuk – Calgary, AB (Fernie Alpine Ski Team)
LADIES 2010 ACCELERATION TEAM – RESIDENCE (SKI CLUBS)
Marie-Élaine Lépine – St-Colomban,QC (Mont Tremblant)
Kelly McBroom – Canmore, AB (Banff Alpine Racers)
Alexandra Parker – Calgary, AB (Sunshine Ski Club)
Eve Routhier – Sherbrooke, QC (Mont Orford)
Kate Ryley – Toronto, ON (Craigleith Ski Club)
Kelsey Serwa – Kelowna, BC (Big White Racers)
Georgia Simmerling – West Vancouver, BC (Grouse Tyee Ski Club)
Elli Terwiel – Heffley Creek, BC (Sun Peaks Alpine Club)
Marie-Pier Préfontaine - St-Sauveur, QC (Club Chantecler)
ABOUT ALPINE CANADA ALPIN
Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA) is the governing body for alpine ski racing in Canada with more than 50,000 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteer members and over 200,000 supporting members. ACA manages the high performance programs for the athletes of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team and the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team who represent Canada throughout the world. For more information on Alpine Canada Alpin, visit www.canski.org.
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