January 16, 2014

SOCHI 2014 CANADIAN OLYMPIC WOMEN’S ALPINE SKIERS NOMINATED Three female skiers join growing Canadian Olympic Team heading to Sochi

QUÉBEC CITY — The Canadian Olympic Committee announced today that three female athletes have officially been nominated to the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic alpine skiing team. The three ladies: Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Lac-Etchemin, QC); Brittany Phelan (Mont-Tremblant, QC); and Larisa Yurkiw (Owen Sound, ON) were nominated during an announcement at Quebéc City Hall. A young and talented ladies’ team will head to Sochi 2014 with plenty of momentum. Last weekend marked the first time a Canadian has won a super combined World Cup race when Gagnon claimed victory in Altenmarkt, Austria. “I’m so humbled to have a chance to win a medal for Canada at the Olympic Games in Sochi,” added Yurkiw. “It’s an honour and an opportunity of a lifetime to wear our country’s colours.” “Success is not simply a destination. Rather, it is a collection of efforts that together result in making that small difference,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “Our alpine athletes know that hard work and the quest to improve each and every day is what it takes to win. On behalf of the entire Canadian Olympic family, congratulations to Marie-Michèle, Brittany and Larisa – I know you will do us proud.” The athletes were officially introduced by three-time Olympian and alpine skiing icon, Mélanie Turgeon, who joined Aubut on stage to officially award each Sochi-bound athlete their official HBC Olympic Team jacket. The trio represent the first female alpine skiers added to Canada’s Olympic team, following the nomination last week of speed skiers Erik Guay, Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Jan Hudec. All six qualified by meeting the Tier 1 qualification criteria, which is two top-12 World Cup results with at least one from this season. The alpine qualification window remains open until Jan. 26, when other male and female racers will be added to Canada’s Olympic team. “As our best female alpine skiers take on the slopes in Sochi at electrifying speed, they will know that Canada is by their side, encouraging them every step of the way,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “Congratulations on making the team, and good luck in your preparations leading up to the Olympic Winter Games.” “Québec City is proud to be hosting the women’s team that will represent Canada in alpine skiing at the Olympic Games in Sochi,” said Régis Labeaume, Mayor, Québec City. “The athletes in the capital city today are models of courage and determination for our youth. I know that everyone in Québec joins me in wishing them the best of luck.” Canada has had success in ladies’ alpine events at Olympic Games, led by legends such as Nancy Greene and Karen Percy, who each have earned two Olympic medals for Canada. Kerrin Lee-Gartner was the last woman to win an alpine medal for Canada when she won gold in downhill in 1992. In total, Canada has 10 Olympic medals in both men’s and ladies’ events. Of those 10, eight have been won by Canadian women. The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will take place from February 7-23, 2014. The Canadian Olympic Team has set a goal to contend for the top spot in overall medals won. List of Ladies’ Alpine ski athletes nominated to the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic Team:

First Last Hometown
Marie-Michèle Gagnon Lac-Etchemin, QC
Brittany Phelan Mont-Tremblant, QC
Larisa Yurkiw Owen Sound, ON

These three alpine skiers now join three male alpine skiers, 10 speed skaters, 10 Curling athletes, 16 bobsledders, seven lugers, four skeleton athletes, 21 women hockey players, eight biathletes, five snowboarders, 25 men hockey players, 17 figure skaters and 11 cross-country skiers as the next members on the Canadian Olympic Team. Up to six more teams will be announced between now and February. For more information visit www.olympic.ca. 


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 Backgrounder                                                        Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic Team:

First Last Hometown Sport
1 Marie-Michèle Gagnon Lac-Etchemin, QC Alpine Skiing
2 Brittany Phelan Mont-Tremblant, QC Alpine Skiing
3 Larisa Yurkiw Owen Sound, ON Alpine Skiing
4 Chandra Crawford Canmore, AB Cross-Country Skiing
5 Daria Gaiazova Banff, AB Cross-Country Skiing
6 Emily Nishikawa Whitehorse, YK Cross-Country Skiing
7 Perianna Jones Almonte, ON Cross-Country Skiing
8 Heidi Widmer Banff, AB Cross-Country Skiing
9 Alex Harvey St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC Cross-Country Skiing
10 Devon Kershaw Sudbury, ON Cross-Country Skiing
11 Ivan Babikov Canmore, AB Cross-Country Skiing
12 Lenny Valjas Toronto, ON Cross-Country Skiing
13 Graeme Killick Fort McMurray, AB Cross-Country Skiing
14 Jesse Cockney Canmore, AB Cross-Country Skiing
15 Kaetlyn Osmond Sherwood Park, AB; Marystown, NL Figure Skating
16 Gabrielle Daleman Newmarket, ON Figure Skating
17 Patrick Chan Toronto, ON Figure Skating
18 Kevin Reynolds Coquitlam, BC Figure Skating
19 Liam Firus North Vancouver, BC Figure Skating
20 Meagan Duhamel Lively, ON Figure Skating
21 Eric Radford Balmertown, ON Figure Skating
22 Kirsten Moore-Towers St. Catharines, ON Figure Skating
23 Dylan Moscovitch Toronto, ON Figure Skating
24 Paige Lawrence Kennedy, SK Figure Skating
25 Rudi Swiegers Virden, MB Figure Skating
26 Tessa Virtue London, ON Figure Skating
27 Scott Moir Ilderton, ON Figure Skating
28 Kaitlyn Weaver Waterloo, ON Figure Skating
29 Andrew Poje Waterloo, ON Figure Skating
30 Alexandra Paul Barrie, ON Figure Skating
31 Mitchell Islam Barrie, ON Figure Skating
32 Erik Guay Mont-Tremblant, QC Alpine Skiing
33 Jan Hudec Calgary, AB Alpine Skiing
34 Manuel Osborne-Paradis Vancouver, BC Alpine Skiing
35 Robert Luongo Montreal, QC Ice Hockey- Men
36 Carey Price Anahim Lake, BC Ice Hockey- Men
37 Mike Smith Kingston, ON Ice Hockey – Men
38 Jay Bouwmeester Edmonton, AB Ice Hockey – Men
39 Drew Doughty London, ON Ice Hockey- Men
40 Dan Hamhuis Smithers, BC Ice Hockey- Men
41 Duncan Keith Penticton, BC Ice Hockey- Men
42 Alex Pietrangelo King City, ON Ice Hockey- Men
43 PK Subban Toronto, ON Ice Hockey- Men
44 Marc-Èdouard Vlasic Montreal, QC Ice Hockey- Men
45 Shea Weber Sicamous, BC Ice Hockey- Men
46 Jamie Benn Victoria, BC Ice Hockey- Men
47 Patrice Bergeron Sillery, QC Ice Hockey- Men
48 Jeff Carter London, ON Ice Hockey- Men
49 Sidney Crosby Cole Harbour, NS Ice Hockey- Men
50 Matt Duchene Haliburton, ON Ice Hockey- Men
51 Ryan Getzlaf Regina, SK Ice oHockeyHockey- Men
52 Chris Kunitz Regina, SK Ice Hockey- Men
53 Patrick Marleau Aneroid, SK Ice Hockey- Men
54 Rick Nash Brampton, ON Ice Hockey- Men
55 Corey Perry Peterborough, ON Ice Hockey- Men
56 Patrick Sharp Thunder Bay, ON Ice Hockey- Men
57 Steven Stamkos Unionville, ON Ice Hockey- Men
58 John Tavares Oakville, ON Ice Hockey- Men
59 Jonathan Toews Winnipeg, MB Ice Hockey- Men
60 Mark McMorris Regina, SK Snowboard – Slopestyle
61 Spencer O’Brien Courtenay, BC Snowboard – Slopestyle
62 Maëlle Ricker West Vancouver, BC Snowboard Cross
63 Chris Robanske Calgary, AB Snowboard Cross
64 Sébastien Toutant L’Assomption Snowboard – Slopestyle
65 Zina Kocher Red Deer, AB Biathlon
66 Rosanna Crawford Canmore, AB Biathlon
67 Megan Imrie Falcon Lake, MB Biathlon
68 Megan Heinicke Prince George, BC Biathlon
69 Jean-Philippe Le Guellec Shannon, QC Biathlon
70 Brendan Green Hay River, NWT Biathlon
71 Scott Perras Regina, SK Biathlon
72 Nathan Smith Calgary, AB Biathlon
73 Meghan Agosta-Marciano Ruthven, ON Ice Hockey – Women
74 Gillian Apps Unionville, ON Ice Hockey – Women
75 Mélodie Daoust Valleyfield, QC Ice Hockey – Women
76 Laura Fortino Hamilton, ON Ice Hockey – Women
77 Jayna Hefford Kingston, ON Ice Hockey – Women
78 Haley Irwin Thunder Bay, ON Ice Hockey – Women
79 Brianne Jenner Oakville, ON Ice Hockey – Women
80 Rebecca Johnston Sudbury, ON Ice Hockey – Women
81 Charline Labonté Boisbriand, QC Ice Hockey – Women
82 Geneviève Lacasse Kingston, ON Ice Hockey – Women
83 Jocelyne Larocque Ste. Anne, MB Ice Hockey – Women
84 Meaghan Mikkelson St. Albert, AB Ice Hockey – Women
85 Caroline Ouellette Montreal, QC Ice Hockey – Women
86 Marie-Philip Poulin Beauceville, QC Ice Hockey – Women
87 Lauriane Rougeau Beaconsfield, QC Ice Hockey – Women
88 Natalie Spooner Scarborough, ON Ice Hockey – Women
89 Shannon Szabados Edmonton, AB Ice Hockey – Women
90 Jennifer Wakefield Pickering, ON Ice Hockey – Women
91 Catherine Ward Montreal, QC Ice Hockey – Women
92 Tara Watchorn Newcastle, ON Ice Hockey – Women
93 Hayley Wickenheiser Shaunavon, SK Ice Hockey – Women
94 Mellisa Hollingsworth Eckville, AB Skeleton
95 Sarah Reid Calgary, AB Skeleton
96 John Fairbairn Calgary, AB Skeleton
97 Eric Neilson Kelowna, BC Skeleton
98 Alex Gough Calgary, AB Luge
99 Kimberley McRae Calgary, AB Luge
100 Arianne Jones Calgary, AB Luge
101 Mitchel Malyk Calgary, AB Luge
102 Justin Snith Calgary, AB Luge
103 Tristan Walker Cochrane, AB Luge
104 Sam Edney Calgary, AB Luge
105 John Fennell Calgary, AB Luge
106 Kaillie Humphries Calgary, AB Bobsleigh
107 Heather Moyse Summerside, PE Bobsleigh
108 Jenny Ciochetti Edmonton, AB Bobsleigh
109 Chelsea Valois Zenon Park, SK Bobsleigh
110 *Emily Baadsvik St. Stephen, NB Bobsleigh
111 *Kate O’Brien Calgary, AB Bobsleigh
112 Lyndon Rush Humboldt, SK Bobsleigh
113 Dave Bissett Edmonton, AB Bobsleigh
114 Lascelles Brown Calgary, AB Bobsleigh
115 Neville Wright Edmonton, AB Bobsleigh
116 Chris Spring Calgary, AB Bobsleigh
117 Jesse Lumsden Burlington, ON Bobsleigh
118 Cody Sorensen Ottawa, ON Bobsleigh
119 Ben Coakwell Saskatoon, SK Bobsleigh
120 Justin Kripps Summerland, BC Bobsleigh
121 James McNaughton Newmarket, ON Bobsleigh
122 Tim Randall Toronto, ON Bobsleigh
123 Bryan Barnett Edmonton, AB Bobsleigh
124 *Graeme Rinholm Medicine Hat, AB Bobsleigh
125 *Sam Giguere Sherbrooke, QB Bobsleigh
126 *Luke Demetre Halifax, NS Bobsleigh
127 Dawn McEwen Winnipeg, MB Curling
128 Jennifer Jones Winnipeg, MB Curling
129 Jill Officer Winnipeg, MB Curling
130 Kaitlyn Lawes Winnipeg, MB Curling
131 Kirsten Wall Milton, ON Curling
132 Brad Jacobs Sault Ste. Marie, ON Curling
133 Caleb Flaxey Sault Ste. Marie, ON Curling
134 E.J. Harnden Sault Ste. Marie, ON Curling
135 Ryan Fry Sault Ste. Marie, ON Curling
136 Ryan Harnden Sault Ste. Marie, ON Curling
137 Valérie Maltais La Baie, QC Short Track Speed Skating
138 Jessica Hewitt Kamloops, BC Short Track Speed Skating
139 Jessica Gregg Edmonton, AB Short Track Speed Skating
140 Marianne St-Gelais Saint-Félicien, QC Short Track Speed Skating
141 Marie-Ève Drolet Chicoutimi, QC Short Track Speed Skating
142 Charles Hamelin Sainte-Julie, QC Short Track Speed Skating
143 Charle Cournoyer Boucherville, QC Short Track Speed Skating
144 François Hamelin Sainte-Julie, QC Short Track Speed Skating
145 Michael Gilday Yellowknife, NT Short Track Speed Skating
146 Olivier Jean Lachenaie, QC Short Track Speed Skating
*Vying for final position as spare, to be confirmed in January