Canadian Freestyle Skiing Team Named for PyeongChang 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018
Canadian freestyle skiing team named for PyeongChang 2018

MONTREAL (January 22, 2018) — The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Freestyle Canada officially announced the 22 athletes nominated to represent Canada in moguls, aerials, halfpipe, and slopestyle at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

For moguls and aerials, the athletes were selected based on their performances in FIS World Cup and World Championship events. For halfpipe and slopestyle, athletes were selected based on their performances at the Aspen and Oslo X Games as well as at platinum events on the AFP circuit. The selection period during which the rankings were taken into account was December 1, 2016 to January 21, 2018. Based on their results in some key competitions last season, Freestyle Canada had already pre-qualified Mikaël Kingsbury, Justine Dufour-Lapointe, and Andi Naude to Team Canada for PyeongChang 2018.

The athletes nominated for Team Canada are:

Moguls

Name Hometown
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe Montreal, QC
Justine Dufour-Lapointe Montreal, QC
Marc-Antoine Gagnon Terrebonne, QC
Mikaël Kingsbury Deux-Montagnes, QC
Philippe Marquis Quebec City, QC
Andi Naude Penticton, BC
Audrey Robichaud Quebec City, QC

Aerials

Name Hometown
Lewis Irving Quebec City, QC
Catrine Lavallée Montreal, QC
Olivier Rochon Gatineau, QC

Halfpipe

Name Hometown
Simon d’Artois Whistler, BC
Noah Bowman Calgary, AB
Rosalind Groenewoud Calgary, AB
Mike Riddle Sherwood Park, AB
Cassie Sharpe Comox, BC

Slopestyle

Name Hometown
Alex Beaulieu-Marchand Quebec City, QC
Alex Bellemare Saint-Boniface, QC
Teal Harle Campbell River, BC
Dara Howell Huntsville, ON
Evan McEachran Oakville, ON
Kim Lamarre Lac Beauport, QC
Yuki Tsubota Whistler, BC

The coaches nominated for Team Canada are:

Name Position Hometown
Rémi Bélanger Assistant Coach, aerials Mascouche, QC
Dennis Capicik Head Coach, aerials Toronto, ON
JF Cusson Assistant Coach, slopestyle Mont-Tremblant, QC
Liz Gardner Assistant Coach, aerials Toronto, ON
Michel Hamelin Head Coach, women’s moguls Sainte-Agathe, QC
Rob Kober Head Coach, men’s moguls Penticton, BC
Marc McDonell Assistant Coach, halfpipe Squamish, BC
Freddy Mooney Assistant Coach, men’s moguls Winter Park, Colorado
Steve Omischl Jump Coach, moguls Rossland
Trennon Paynter Head Coach, halfpipe Squamish, BC
Vincent Sigouin Assistant Coach, women’s moguls Sainte-Agathe, QC
Toben Sutherland Head Coach, Slopestyle Calgary, AB

PyeongChang 2018 will be the next stop for the aerials and moguls athletes while a select number of halfpipe and slopestyle athletes will compete at the 2018 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado before making their way to South Korea.

Canada has a long history of excelling in freestyle skiing, with 15 Olympic medals won across moguls, aerials, halfpipe and slopestyle since the sport’s official debut at Albertville 1992. Freestyle Canada athletes brought home seven medals from Sochi 2014, including three double podiums in men’s moguls, women’s moguls, and women’s slopestyle.

All freestyle skiing events will take place at the Phoenix Snow Park, starting with moguls February 9-12 (Days 0-3) and followed by aerials February 15-18 (Days 6-9), slopestyle February 17-18 (Days 8-9) and halfpipe February 19-22 (Days 10-13).

QUOTES:

 “Freestyle skiing is such an exciting sport to watch, especially with the incredibly talented team we are nominating today. Canada’s depth will once again be on full display at the Games as so many skiers challenge for the podium.”

– Isabelle Charest, PyeongChang 2018 Team Canada Chef de Mission

“Athletes who were named to the Canadian Olympic freestyle skiing team are part of the top freestyle skiing team in the world. These athletes have won 96 World Cup medals and ten World Championship medals since 2015. The team includes several medallists from Sochi 2014. They bring a rich legacy of Olympic success that spans many decades.”

– Bruce Robinson, Chair and CEO, Freestyle Canada

“It’s definitely a dream of mine to win an Olympic gold medal, but I’m not approaching the Games with that goal in mind. Rather, I’m showing up at the Games with the intent to ski my best, follow my plan and not to get too wrapped up in things I cannot control. I will approach this competition in the same way I approach other events and I know that if I manage to do that, the results should follow.”

– Mikaël Kingsbury, Sochi 2014 silver medallist and PyeongChang 2018 nominated athlete

“I want to go to the Olympic Games and enjoy the environment, to be there with Canada, my family and friends and use this as an opportunity to show what I am capable of.”

– Cassie Sharpe, PyeongChang 2018 nominated athlete

“Congratulations to these exceptional athletes on being chosen for the Canadian Olympic Freestyle Ski Team. As they compete, I know that they will feel the full weight of Canadians’ support behind them.”

– 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.

Story and Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

 

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