COC Photo: George Fadel

Bobsleigh team set for season

Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton announced Tuesday it will field a powerful squad for the 2012-13 campaign that will include 20 athletes hopping into three men’s and two women’s sleds on the World Cup.

Newly minted national champion brakewoman Chelsea Valois says joining a group that includes people like pilot and World and Olympic Champion Kaillie Humphries is a privilege.

“It represents the pinnacle of my hard work and sacrifices as an athlete,” she said. “It also brings me a step closer to realizing my dream of representing Canada at the Olympic Games.”

The crew will hit the start line for the season-opening World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., November 5-10, 2012. Canada will host a World Cup stop at the Whistler Sliding Centre, November 19-2.

Team Humphries   – Canada 1                    

Kaillie Humphries (Calgary, Alta.)
Chelsea Valois (Zenon Park, Sask.)
Emily Baadsvik (St. Stephen, N.B.)

Team Ciochetti – Canada 2
Jenny Ciochetti (Edmonton, Alta.)
Kate O’Brien (Calgary, Alta.)
Christine Bushie (Spruce Grove, Alta.)

Team Rush  – Canada 1
Lyndon Rush (Sylvan Lake, Alta.)
Neville Wright (Edmonton, Alta.)
Cody Sorensen (Ottawa, Ont.)
Jesse Lumsden (Burlington, Ont.)
Lascelles Brown (Calgary, Alta.)

Team Spring – Canada 2
Christopher Spring (Calgary, Alta.)
Tim Randall (Burlington, Ont.)
Adam Rosenke (Edmonton, Alta.)
Ben Coakwell (Moose Jaw, Sask.)

Team Kripps – Canada 3
Justin Kripps (Summerland, B.C.)
Jean-Nicolas Carriere (Rockland, Ont.)
Graeme Rinholm (Medicine Hat, Alta.)
Luke Demetre (New Glasgow, N.S.)
James McNaughton (Newmarket, Ont.)