Canadian Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross and Alpine Snowboard Teams Named for PyeongChang 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Canadian Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross and Alpine Snowboard Teams Named for PyeongChang 2018

TORONTO (January 25, 2018) — The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canada Snowboard officially announced the 13 athletes and seven coaches nominated to represent Team Canada in snowboard cross, halfpipe and parallel giant slalom at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. They join the seven athletes previously nominated to compete in slopestyle and big air.

The athletes were selected based on their performances in FIS World Cup and World Championship events between July 1, 2016 and January 21, 2018.

The snowboarders nominated are:

Name Event Hometown
Baptiste Brochu Snowboard Cross Saqeunay, QC
Kevin Hill Snowboard Cross Vernon, BC
Chris Robanske Snowboard Cross Calgary, AB
Carle Brenneman Snowboard Cross Comox, BC
Zoe Bergermann Snowboard Cross Erin, ON
Tess Critchlow Snowboard Cross Kelowna, BC
Meryeta O’Dine Snowboard Cross Prince George, BC
Jasey-Jay Anderson Parallel Giant Slalom Mount-Tremblant, QC
Darren Gardner Parallel Giant Slalom Burlington, ON
Derek Livingston Halfpipe Aurora, ON
Mercedes Nicoll Halfpipe Whistler, BC
Elizabeth Hosking Halfpipe Longueuil, QC
Calynn Irwin Halfpipe Toronto, ON

The coaches nominated are:

Name Position Hometown
Mile Slaughter Halfpipe- Head Coach Mountain Home, USA
Brian Smith Halfpipe- Assistant Coach Saint-Jérôme, QC
Marcel Mathieu Snowboard Cross- Head Coach Orcières, France
Rene Brunner Snowboard Cross- Assistant Coach Lienz, Austria
Simon Bonenfant Snowboard Cross- Assistant Coach Montréal, QC
Jan Wngelin Parallel Giant Slolam- Head Coach Smithers, BC
Emily Dee Parallel Giant Slolam- Assistant Coach Orangeville, ON

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Champion Jasey-Jay Anderson will be the first Canadian to compete at six Olympic Winter Games, having been a member of every team since snowboard was introduced at Nagano 1998. Elizabeth Hosking, 16, will be the youngest athlete on Team Canada at PyeongChang 2018.

Before departing for PyeongChang, the snowboard cross athletes will compete in Bansko, Bulgaria and in Feldberg, Germany. The parallel giant slalom athletes will also compete in Bansko while the halfpipe team will be training in Calgary.

With seven medals in only five Olympic Games, Canada is one of the top snowboarding nations in the world. Canada has won at least one Olympic medal in every snowboard discipline except halfpipe and big air, which will debut in PyeongChang.

Snowboard halfpipe, snowboard cross, and parallel giant slalom will take place at Phoenix Snow Park. Parallel giant slalom will take place February 10-12 (Days 1-3), halfpipe February 12-14 (Days 3-5), and snowboard cross February 15-16 (Days 6-7).

QUOTES:

“Canada excels in snowboarding and the exciting team we are nominating today is in a great position to carry on that tradition. Congratulations to the athletes, I am looking forward to cheering you on as you challenge for the podium in PyeongChang.”

– Isabelle Charest, PyeongChang 2018 Team Canada Chef de Mission

“Having qualified for the Olympics for my second time is pretty amazing. Last time I was a rookie and this year I’ve got more tricks, more experience, and more drive. The halfpipe at the test event was one of the best pipes I’ve ridden and I am really excited to compete for Canada and better my results from my first Games.”

– Derek Livingston, PyeongChang 2018 nominated athlete

“I honestly don’t put much pressure on myself going into the Games but I have one thing on my mind and that’s getting on the podium. For that to happen it has to be my day where everything lines up in place just like X Games 2015: you wake up, you feel good, your starts are perfect and you ride like no one can touch you all day. I know that the entire team is going to shine and make Canada proud.”

– Kevin Hill, PyeongChang 2018 nominated athlete

Story and Photo: Canadian Olymipc Committee

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