CALGARY, AB (November 21st, 2007) – Emily Brydon (Fernie, BC) and Erik Guay (Mont-Tremblant, QC) lead the roster of Canadian skiers that will open the North American leg of the World Cup Tour which begins this Saturday at Panorama and Lake Louise.
Six athletes will compete in the TELUS Panorama Giant Slalom including two-time Olympian Brydon, Christina Lustenberger (Invermere, BC), Britt Janyk (Whistler, BC), Gail Kelly (Ste-Anges de Beauce, QC), Emilie Desforges (Montréal, QC) and Marie-Pier Préfontaine (St-Sauveur, QC).
“The girls have had excellent pre-season training in Panorama, Nakiska and Norquay,” said Women’s Team Head Coach Marjan Cernigoj. “We would especially like to recognize Brad Brush and his team of mountain operations staff at Panorama Mountain Resort who have done an outstanding job preparing the race tracks on Old Timer (Giant Slalom) and Hay Fever (Slalom). The race venues are in excellent shape and we anticipate an exciting weekend of technical racing – the first for many years in Canada.”
Cernigoj said Canadian athletes to race in the TELUS Panorama Slalom will be named late today.
The World Cup races in Lake Louise and Panorama will be televised nationally in Canada by CBC. An international TV reach exceeding 140 million viewers through 200 hours of TV production by six broadcasters will be on-site providing live feeds to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
The CBC’s Pontiac Alpine Ski Series begins five hours of coverge at 1 p.m. ET Saturday. Sunday’s coverage begins 2:30 p.m. ET and also catch CBC Sports late night coverage of the TELUS Panorama Women’s Slalom beginning at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning.local time.