2014 Canadian National Snowboard Team announced
Jul. 10, 2013
VANCOUVER, B.C. (July 10, 2013) - Canada Snowboard has named 34 athletes to the 2014 Canadian National Snowboard Team.
With the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia scheduled for February, the Canadian team is now stronger than ever. Last season the team set a new record with 55 podiums finishes. Highlights include medals from 20 FIS World Cups, 14 World Snowboard Tour (5/6 star) contests, nine Winter X Games and four FIS World Championships. Canadians also won two World Snowboard Tour titles and one Crystal Globe award. The 2014 National Team consists of 19 male and 14 female athletes from the following disciplines: slopestyle, halfpipe, snowboard cross, parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom.
Two new athletes have also been added to the roster this year. Junior World Champion Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont. joins the slopestyle team and Calynn Irwin of Toronto, Ont. is the newest halfpipe recruit.
“I’m very proud of our 2014 team. The next few months will be tough for the athletes but I know they will all work hard to achieve their Olympic goals. We also have several strong medal contenders so it will be exciting to see the Olympic Games unfold,” said Canada Snowboard Executive Director Steven Hills.
For the 2014 Games, Canada Snowboard is hoping to earn the maximum of 24 quota spots and six athletes have earned provisional spots based on their results from last season.
These include slopestyle riders Mark McMorris, Sebastien Toutant and Spencer O’Brien. Joining them will be snowboardcross team members Chris Robanske, Dominique Maltais and Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion Maëlle Ricker.
“I couldn’t be happier for all the athletes that have already earned provisionary nominations for Sochi. I know that the rest of the team members will give it their all in the coming months. This is what they have been working towards for a very long time and I’m confident our team will make Canada proud this winter,” said Canada’s Snowboard High Performance Director Robert Joncas.
At the 2014 Games, slopestyle snowboarding and parallel slalom will make their Olympic debut. Men’s slopestyle will be the first medal awarded at the Games. The Canadian team is expected to perform well in this discipline based on their strong performance this past season. Mark McMorris landed on the podium at nearly every event he entered. After winning gold medals in slopestyle at the Dew Tour, X Games and Burton US Open, he was named the 2012/2013 World Snowboard Tour Slopestyle Champion. Teammate Sebastien Toutant of Montreal, Que. was crowned the 2012/2013 World Snowboard Tour Big Air Champion. Meanwhile, Spencer O’Brien of Courtenay, B.C. is the 2013 women’s slopestyle World Champion.
Parallel Slalom will be the last snowboard event in Sochi. Team member Caroline Calve of Gatineau, Que. won her first World Cup in parallel slalom in Moscow in February. From there, Calve finished off her season winning both the PSL and PGS nationals in Quebec.
The Winter Olympics will be held from February 7 to 23, 2014.
DID YOU KNOW?
-Snowboarding debuted at the 1998 Olympics Games in Nagano, Japan with halfpipe and giant slalom disciplines. Snowboard cross was added in 2006 in Turin.
-Dominique Maltais won a Bronze medal in Snowboardcross at the 2006 Olympics in Turin. She has also won four Crystal Globe awards.
- 2010 Olympic Champion Jasey-Jay Anderson came back from retirement in 2011 to give another shot at an Olympic medal. Sochi will be his fifth Olympics.
- Maëlle Ricker made her Olympic debut in 1998 competing in halfpipe where she finished fifth.
-This year Mark McMorris defended his X Games slopestyle title while rookie Maxence Parrot made his debut earning the silver medal.
-In January, Spencer O’Brien became the first female snowboarder to be crowned a World Champion on home soil.
-Chris Robanske won his first snowboardcross World Cup in February at Blue Mountain, Ontario. The last Canadian male athlete to win a snowboard cross World Cup was Drew Neilson in 2007.
- Caroline Calvé was the first Canadian female athlete to win a World Cup in an alpine discipline at the 2011 PGS World Cup in Carezza, Italy. She repeated her feat by winning the PSL World Cup in Moscow in 2013.
2013-2014 CANADIAN NATIONAL SNOWBOARD TEAM
ALPINE NATIONAL TEAM
Caroline Calve (Gatineau, Que.)
Ariane Lavigne (Montreal, Que.)
Matthew Morison (Blackstock, Ont.)
Jasey Jay Anderson (Lac Supérieur, Que.)
Marianne Leeson (Burlington, Ont.)
Indrik Trahan (Trois-Rivières, Que.)
Darren Gardner (Burlington, Ont.)
Michael Lambert (Toronto, Ont.)
Matthew Carter (Maryhill, Ont.)
Steve Barlow (Courtice, Ont.)
SNOWBOARDCROSS NATIONAL TEAM
Maëlle Ricker (Squamish, B.C.)
Dominique Maltais (Petite-Riviere-St Francois, Que.)
Robert Fagan (Squamish, B.C.)
Chris Robanske (Calgary, Alta.)
Jake Holden (Caledon, Ont.)
Kevin Hill (Vernon, B.C.)
Michelle Brodeur (Calgary, Alta.)
Carle Brenneman (Whistler, B.C.)
HALFPIPE NATIONAL TEAM
Brad Martin (Ancaster, Ont.)
Alexandra Duckworth (Kingsburg, N.S.)
Mercedes Nicoll (Whistler, B.C.)
Derek Livingston (Aurora, Ont.)
Calynn Iriwn (Toronto, Ont.)
SLOPESTYLE NATIONAL TEAM
Mark McMorris (Regina, Sask.)
Sébastien Toutant (Montreal, Que.)
Maxence Parrot (Bromont, Que.)
Spencer O’Brien (Courtenay, B.C.)
Tyler Nicholson (North Bay, Ont.)
Matts Kulisek (Mont-Royal, Que.)
Charles Reid (Mont Tremblant, Que.)
Antoine Truchon (Saint-Adele, Que.)
Breanna Stangeland (Calgary, Alta.)
Brooke Voigt (Fort McMurray, Alta.)
Samm Denena (Orillia, Ont.)
PARA SNOWBOARD TEAM
Ian Lockey (Trail, BC)
John Leslie (Armprior, Ont)
Mike Fisher (Forest, Ont)
Tyler Mosher (Whistler, BC)
Michelle Salt (Calgary, Alta)
For more information, or to schedule an interview with any members of the Canada Snowboard National Teams or coaches, contact CS Communications & Media Relations Manager Nadia M'Seffar at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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