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Canada names Olympic freestyle team

The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association and Ski Cross Canada today (Jan. 25) announced their Olympic roster for the Vancouver 2010 Games hosted in their own backyard.  The 18-member team is led by Olympic gold medalist, mogul skier Jenn Heil, World Champions Alex Bilodeau (moguls) and Ashleigh McIvor (ski cross) as well as last year’s World Cup champion, aerialist Steve Omischl.

The acclaimed Canadian Ski Cross Team will be sending seven of its best athletes to represent the host county in the sport’s Olympic debut.

“We’re elated to be sending such a strong team overall with significant medal chances, but we’re also saddened to be leaving athletes who have won World Cup medals in the last 14 months, like Ski Cross Racers Davey Barr and Aleisha Cline as well as Aerialist Ryan Blais, at home. This underscores the fact that Freestyle should be entitled to more Olympic spots,” said CFSA CEO Peter Judge said. “Nevertheless, the Freestyle athletes who will don the maple leaf in Vancouver next month have a real chance to help Canada own the podium this time around.”
The U.S. Ski Team will announce their Olympic Freestyle Ski Team tomorrow.

Freestyle athletes nominated to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games

Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, Montreal, Que.
Jenn Heil – Spruce Grove, Alta. now living in Montreal, Que.
Kristi Richards, Summerland, B.C.
Alex Bilodeau, Rosemère, Que.
Maxime Gingras, St-Hippolyte, Que.Vincent Marquis, Quebec City, Que.
Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau, Drummondville, Que.

Veronika Bauer, Toronto, Ont.
Kyle Nissen, Calgary, Alta.
Steve Omischl, North Bay, Ont.
Warren Shouldice, Calgary, Alta.

Ski Cross:

Ashleigh McIvor, Whistler, B.C.
Julia Murray, Whistler, BC
Danielle Poleschuk, Winnipeg, Man.
Kelsey Serwa, Kelowna, B.C.
Christopher Del Bosco, Vail, Colorado
David Duncan, London, Ont.
Stan Hayer, Calgary, Alta.

Eric Williams

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