January 27, 2014

CANADA’S ALPINE SKI TEAM GROWS AS NINE MORE ATHLETES ARE NOMINATED TO CANADIAN OLYMPIC TEAM

Six men and three women join six alpine athletes already nominated to Canadian Olympic Team

TORONTO – Alpine Canada Alpin today announced the remaining nine alpine ski racers who have been formally nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The six men:  Phil Brown (Toronto, ON), Mike Janyk (Whistler, BC), Trevor Philp (Calgary, AB), Morgan Pridy (Whistler, BC), Brad Spence (Calgary, AB) and Ben Thomsen (Invermere, BC) and three women: Erin Mielzynski (Collingwood, ON), Marie-Pier Préfontaine (Saint-Sauveur, QC) and Elli Terwiel (Sun Peaks, BC), bump the team number up to a total of 15. They join the three men and three women already nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team at events in Toronto and Quebec City earlier this month: Erik Guay (Mont-Tremblant, QC), Jan Hudec (Calgary, AB) and Manuel Osborne-Paradis (Vancouver, BC), Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Lac-Etchemin, QC), Britt Phelan (Mont-Tremblant, QC) and Larisa Yurkiw (Owen Sound, ON). “This is a strong team with a mix of experienced podium contenders and talented young racers,” said Paul Kristofic, Alpine Canada’s Vice-President of Sports. “This group has worked extremely hard to earn the right to represent Canada at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. They will do everything they can to push for the podium and make Canada proud.” Alpine Canada has 15 quota spots for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The Olympic qualification window for Canadian alpine racers closed on Sunday after both Thomsen and Pridy punched their tickets to Sochi with breakthrough performances in this weekend’s World Cup races in Kitzbühel, Austria. “The qualification battle went right down to the wire and we saw some racers step up and deliver career-best performances when the pressure was on,” said Kristofic. “This is an incredibly talented group of athletes who have all earned the right to don our country’s colours in Sochi,” added Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “Each of the alpine ski racers nominated today has the potential to compete and win against the world’s best. I look forward to seeing them in action as they take to the Olympic snow in Sochi.” The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will take place from February 7-23, 2014. The Canadian Olympic Team has set a goal to contend to be the top nation in overall medals won. List of extra alpine skiers nominated to the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic Team: Women:

First Last Hometown
Erin Mielzynski Collingwood, ON
Marie-Pier Préfontaine Saint-Sauveur, QC
Elli Terwiel Sun Peaks, BC

Men:

First Last Hometown
Phil Brown Toronto, ON
Mike Janyk Whistler, BC
Trevor Philp Calgary, AB
Morgan Pridy Whistler, BC
Brad Spence Calgary, AB
Ben Thomsen Ivermere, BC

These nine extra alpine skiers now join 27 speed skaters, 10 curling athletes, 16 bobsledders, eight lugers, four skeleton athletes, 21 women hockey players, eight biathletes, 24 snowboarders, 25 men hockey players, three  skiers, 17 figure skaters, 11 cross-country skiers, three women alpine skiers, 20 freestyle skiers, seven ski jumpers and six ski-cross athletes as the next members on the Canadian Olympic Team.

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Canadian Olympic Committee Media Office: Ray Lalonde, Executive Director, Communications Tel: 514-861-5691 / Cell: 514-238-4315 Email: rlalonde@olympic.ca Jane Almeida, Manager, Media Relations Tel: 416-324-4120 / Cell: 416-540-1788 Email: jalmeida@olympic.ca Luc Beaudin, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations Cell: 514-206-6720 Email: lbeaudin@olympic.ca Alpine Canada Alpin: Keith Bradford, Director, Communications Cell: 403-620-2362 Email: kbradford@alpinecanada.org

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