Release: 2014 Ladies’ Alpine Ski Team Announced

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:

Marie-MichèleGagnonLac-Etchemin, QC
BrittanyPhelanMont-Tremblant, QC
LarisaYurkiwOwen 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 


Canadian Olympic Committee Media Office: Ray Lalonde, Executive Director, Communications Tel: 514-861-5691 / Cell: 514-238-4315 Email: Jane Almeida, Manager, Media Relations Tel: 416-324-4120 / Cell: 416-540-1788 Email: Luc Beaudin, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations Cell: 514-206-6720 Email: Alpine Canada Alpin: Keith Bradford, Director, Communications Cell: 403-620-2362 Email: Backgrounder                                                        Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic Team:

1Marie-MichèleGagnonLac-Etchemin, QCAlpine Skiing
2BrittanyPhelanMont-Tremblant, QCAlpine Skiing
3LarisaYurkiwOwen Sound, ONAlpine Skiing
4ChandraCrawfordCanmore, ABCross-Country Skiing
5DariaGaiazovaBanff, ABCross-Country Skiing
6EmilyNishikawaWhitehorse, YKCross-Country Skiing
7PeriannaJonesAlmonte, ONCross-Country Skiing
8HeidiWidmerBanff, ABCross-Country Skiing
9AlexHarveySt-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QCCross-Country Skiing
10DevonKershawSudbury, ONCross-Country Skiing
11IvanBabikovCanmore, ABCross-Country Skiing
12LennyValjasToronto, ONCross-Country Skiing
13GraemeKillickFort McMurray, ABCross-Country Skiing
14JesseCockneyCanmore, ABCross-Country Skiing
15KaetlynOsmondSherwood Park, AB; Marystown, NLFigure Skating
16GabrielleDalemanNewmarket, ONFigure Skating
17PatrickChanToronto, ONFigure Skating
18KevinReynoldsCoquitlam, BCFigure Skating
19LiamFirusNorth Vancouver, BCFigure Skating
20MeaganDuhamelLively, ONFigure Skating
21EricRadfordBalmertown, ONFigure Skating
22KirstenMoore-TowersSt. Catharines, ONFigure Skating
23DylanMoscovitchToronto, ONFigure Skating
24PaigeLawrenceKennedy, SKFigure Skating
25RudiSwiegersVirden, MBFigure Skating
26TessaVirtueLondon, ONFigure Skating
27ScottMoirIlderton, ONFigure Skating
28KaitlynWeaverWaterloo, ONFigure Skating
29AndrewPojeWaterloo, ONFigure Skating
30AlexandraPaulBarrie, ONFigure Skating
31MitchellIslamBarrie, ONFigure Skating
32ErikGuayMont-Tremblant, QCAlpine Skiing
33JanHudecCalgary, ABAlpine Skiing
34ManuelOsborne-ParadisVancouver, BCAlpine Skiing
35RobertLuongoMontreal, QCIce Hockey- Men
36CareyPriceAnahim Lake, BCIce Hockey- Men
37MikeSmithKingston, ONIce Hockey – Men
38JayBouwmeesterEdmonton, ABIce Hockey – Men
39DrewDoughtyLondon, ONIce Hockey- Men
40DanHamhuisSmithers, BCIce Hockey- Men
41DuncanKeithPenticton, BCIce Hockey- Men
42AlexPietrangeloKing City, ONIce Hockey- Men
43PKSubbanToronto, ONIce Hockey- Men
44Marc-ÈdouardVlasicMontreal, QCIce Hockey- Men
45SheaWeberSicamous, BCIce Hockey- Men
46JamieBennVictoria, BCIce Hockey- Men
47PatriceBergeronSillery, QCIce Hockey- Men
48JeffCarterLondon, ONIce Hockey- Men
49SidneyCrosbyCole Harbour, NSIce Hockey- Men
50MattDucheneHaliburton, ONIce Hockey- Men
51RyanGetzlafRegina, SKIce oHockeyHockey- Men
52ChrisKunitzRegina, SKIce Hockey- Men
53PatrickMarleauAneroid, SKIce Hockey- Men
54RickNashBrampton, ONIce Hockey- Men
55CoreyPerryPeterborough, ONIce Hockey- Men
56PatrickSharpThunder Bay, ONIce Hockey- Men
57StevenStamkosUnionville, ONIce Hockey- Men
58JohnTavaresOakville, ONIce Hockey- Men
59JonathanToewsWinnipeg, MBIce Hockey- Men
60MarkMcMorrisRegina, SKSnowboard – Slopestyle
61SpencerO’BrienCourtenay, BCSnowboard – Slopestyle
62MaëlleRickerWest Vancouver, BCSnowboard Cross
63ChrisRobanskeCalgary, ABSnowboard Cross
64SébastienToutantL’AssomptionSnowboard – Slopestyle
65ZinaKocherRed Deer, ABBiathlon
66RosannaCrawfordCanmore, ABBiathlon
67MeganImrieFalcon Lake, MBBiathlon
68MeganHeinickePrince George, BCBiathlon
69Jean-PhilippeLe GuellecShannon, QCBiathlon
70BrendanGreenHay River, NWTBiathlon
71ScottPerrasRegina, SKBiathlon
72NathanSmithCalgary, ABBiathlon
73MeghanAgosta-MarcianoRuthven, ONIce Hockey – Women
74GillianAppsUnionville, ONIce Hockey – Women
75MélodieDaoustValleyfield, QCIce Hockey – Women
76LauraFortinoHamilton, ONIce Hockey – Women
77JaynaHeffordKingston, ONIce Hockey – Women
78HaleyIrwinThunder Bay, ONIce Hockey – Women
79BrianneJennerOakville, ONIce Hockey – Women
80RebeccaJohnstonSudbury, ONIce Hockey – Women
81CharlineLabontéBoisbriand, QCIce Hockey – Women
82GenevièveLacasseKingston, ONIce Hockey – Women
83JocelyneLarocqueSte. Anne, MBIce Hockey – Women
84MeaghanMikkelsonSt. Albert, ABIce Hockey – Women
85CarolineOuelletteMontreal, QCIce Hockey – Women
86Marie-PhilipPoulinBeauceville, QCIce Hockey – Women
87LaurianeRougeauBeaconsfield, QCIce Hockey – Women
88NatalieSpoonerScarborough, ONIce Hockey – Women
89ShannonSzabadosEdmonton, ABIce Hockey – Women
90JenniferWakefieldPickering, ONIce Hockey – Women
91CatherineWardMontreal, QCIce Hockey – Women
92TaraWatchornNewcastle, ONIce Hockey – Women
93HayleyWickenheiserShaunavon, SKIce Hockey – Women
94MellisaHollingsworthEckville, ABSkeleton
95SarahReidCalgary, ABSkeleton
96JohnFairbairnCalgary, ABSkeleton
97EricNeilsonKelowna, BCSkeleton
98AlexGoughCalgary, ABLuge
99KimberleyMcRaeCalgary, ABLuge
100ArianneJonesCalgary, ABLuge
101MitchelMalykCalgary, ABLuge
102JustinSnithCalgary, ABLuge
103TristanWalkerCochrane, ABLuge
104SamEdneyCalgary, ABLuge
105JohnFennellCalgary, ABLuge
106KaillieHumphriesCalgary, ABBobsleigh
107HeatherMoyseSummerside, PEBobsleigh
108JennyCiochettiEdmonton, ABBobsleigh
109ChelseaValoisZenon Park, SKBobsleigh
110*EmilyBaadsvikSt. Stephen, NBBobsleigh
111*KateO’BrienCalgary, ABBobsleigh
112LyndonRushHumboldt, SKBobsleigh
113DaveBissettEdmonton, ABBobsleigh
114LascellesBrownCalgary, ABBobsleigh
115NevilleWrightEdmonton, ABBobsleigh
116ChrisSpringCalgary, ABBobsleigh
117JesseLumsdenBurlington, ONBobsleigh
118CodySorensenOttawa, ONBobsleigh
119BenCoakwellSaskatoon, SKBobsleigh
120JustinKrippsSummerland, BCBobsleigh
121JamesMcNaughtonNewmarket, ONBobsleigh
122TimRandallToronto, ONBobsleigh
123BryanBarnettEdmonton, ABBobsleigh
124*GraemeRinholmMedicine Hat, ABBobsleigh
125*SamGiguereSherbrooke, QBBobsleigh
126*LukeDemetreHalifax, NSBobsleigh
127DawnMcEwenWinnipeg, MBCurling
128JenniferJonesWinnipeg, MBCurling
129JillOfficerWinnipeg, MBCurling
130KaitlynLawesWinnipeg, MBCurling
131KirstenWallMilton, ONCurling
132BradJacobsSault Ste. Marie, ONCurling
133CalebFlaxeySault Ste. Marie, ONCurling
134E.J.HarndenSault Ste. Marie, ONCurling
135RyanFrySault Ste. Marie, ONCurling
136RyanHarndenSault Ste. Marie, ONCurling
137ValérieMaltaisLa Baie, QCShort Track Speed Skating
138JessicaHewittKamloops, BCShort Track Speed Skating
139JessicaGreggEdmonton, ABShort Track Speed Skating
140MarianneSt-GelaisSaint-Félicien, QCShort Track Speed Skating
141Marie-ÈveDroletChicoutimi, QCShort Track Speed Skating
142CharlesHamelinSainte-Julie, QCShort Track Speed Skating
143CharleCournoyerBoucherville, QCShort Track Speed Skating
144FrançoisHamelinSainte-Julie, QCShort Track Speed Skating
145MichaelGildayYellowknife, NTShort Track Speed Skating
146OlivierJeanLachenaie, QCShort Track Speed Skating
 *Vying for final position as spare, to be confirmed in January 

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