Meet the Olympians – Sochi February 7th – 23rd, 2014: As Canadian athletes take center stage in Russia for the XXII Olympic Winter Games, we as a nation expect nothing but the best! After the elation of hosting the Olympics in 2010 in Vancouver and witnessing Canada win the most gold medals of any country, the taste of glory is still fresh, and we can only hope for a repeat performance. Here are some notable Olympic hopefuls competing this year — keep your eyes open for their respective competitions and cheer loud and proud! GO CANADA!
Kaillie Humphries – Bobsleigh
Age: 28 • Birthplace: Calgary, AB • Hometown: Calgary, AB
Kaillie Humphries took her place in history at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games when she and brakeman Heather Moyse became the first Canadian women to win Olympic bobsleigh gold. The duo broke the start record twice and the Whistler Sliding Centre track record three times en route to victory. Humphries was somewhat of an inexperienced pilot when she stood atop the Olympic podium, having only been driving since the 2006-07 season. This year she is competing with brakeman Chelsea Valois.
Career Highlights 2010 Olympic Champion (with Heather Moyse)… Two-time World Champion (2012 with Jenny Ciochetti, 2013 with Chelsea Valois)… 2011 World Bronze Medallist (with Heather Moyse)
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Mark McMorris – Snowboard
Age: 20 • Birthplace: Regina, SK • Hometown: Regina, SK
Saskatchewan is an unlikely province to produce a snowboard prodigy, but that is where slopestyle star Mark McMorris calls home. Hailing from Regina, McMorris started snowboarding because of its similarities to skateboarding. Unfortunately, Mark fractured a rib during the X Games in January, putting a serious snag in his gold medal hopes; as of publication time, Mark still plans to travel to Sochi and compete, so keep an eye out for his supreme aerial abilities as he potentially dominates the brand new Olympic winter game of snowboard slopestyle.
Career Highlights 2012 and 2013 Winter X Games Aspen Champion… 2013 FIS World Silver Medallist… 2012 and 2013 Winter X Games Tignes Silver Medallist… 2011 Winter X Games Aspen Silver Medallist
Kaya Turski – Skiing – Freestyle
Age: 25 • Birthplace: Monteal, QC • Hometown: Monteal, QC
In the four years leading up to the Olympic debut of ski slopestyle, Kaya Turski dominated the top of the podium in major international competitions. Aside from entering the Games as the reigning FIS World Champion, she won a string of gold medals at three straight Winter X Games (2010-12) and four straight Winter X Games Europe (2010-13), and most recently, another gold at the Winter X Games in Aspen.
Career Highlights 2013 FIS World Champion (Slopestyle)… 2011 AFP World Champion (Slopestyle)… 2011 FIS World Silver Medallist (Slopestyle)… Four-Time Winter X Games Champion (2010-12, 2014))… Four-Time Winter X Games Europe Champion (2010-13)
Alex Bilodeau skiing – freestyle
Age: 26 • Birthplace: Montréal, QC • Hometown: Montréal, QC
Alex Bilodeau will always have his place in the history books as the first Canadian athlete to ever win an Olympic gold medal on home soil.
Career Highlights 2010 Olympic Champion (Moguls)… 2011 and 2013 FIS World Silver Medallist (Moguls)… Three-Time FIS World Champion (Dual Moguls)… 2008-09 Crystal Globe Winner (Overall FIS World Cup Champion Men’s Freestyle Skiing)
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Denny Morrison speed skating – long track
Age: 28 • Birthplace: Chetwynd, BC • Hometown: Fort St John, BC
Denny Morrison has become Canada’s most successful active male long track speed skater, with a pair of Olympic medals on his resumé, both in the team pursuit.
Career Highlights 2010 Olympic Champion team pursuit… 2006 Olympic silver medallist team pursuit… Two-time World Champion 1500m (2008, 2012)… Six-time Speed Skating Canada Long Track Male Athlete of the Year (2006-10, 2012)
Spencer O’Brien Snowboard
Age: 25 • Birthplace: Alert Bay, BC • Hometown: Courtenay, BC
Spencer O’Brien is considered to be one of the world’s most progressive slopestyle snowboarders and will be challenging for the top of the podium when her event makes its Olympic debut at Sochi 2014.
Career Highlights 2013 FIS World Champion (slopestyle)… 2012 World Snowboard Tour World Champion (slopestyle)… Four-Time Winter X Games Medallist
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Chloé Dufour-Lapointe Skiing – freestyle
Age: 22 • Birthplace: Montreal, QC • Hometown: Montreal, QC
One of three moguls skiing sisters, middle child Chloé Dufour-Lapointe was the first to compete at the Olympic Games, finishing fifth as an 18-year-old at Vancouver 2010. Ready to make a move onto the podium at Sochi 2014, one of toughest competitors will be younger sister Justine.
Career Highlights 2013 FIS World Champion (dual moguls)… 2011 FIS World Silver Medallist (dual moguls)… 2008 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year
Justine Dufour-Lapointe Skiing – freestyle
Age: 19 • Birthplace: Montreal, QC • Hometown: Montreal, QC
The youngest of three moguls skiing sisters, Justine Dufour-Lapointe has recently been the most successful of the trio. In 2013 she won moguls bronze in her world championship debut and finished second in the World Cup moguls standings for the second straight season. She made her World Cup debut in December 2010 and won dual moguls bronze in just her second World Cup start.
Career Highlights 2013 World Bronze Medallist (Moguls)… Second in 2011-12 and 2012-13 FIS World Cup Moguls Standings[/one_half_last]
Mellisa Hollingsworth – Skeleton
Age: 33 • Birthplace: Lacombe, AB • Hometown: Eckville, AB
Mellisa Hollingsworth will be chasing an elusive gold medal at Sochi 2014, four years after she pushed herself to go for gold but ended up off the podium in Vancouver. Hollingsworth remains one of the top skeleton riders in the world, winning silver at the 2012 World Championships following bronze in 2011.
Career Highlights 2006 Olympic Bronze Medallist… 2000 and 2012 FIBT World Silver Medallist… 2011 FIBT World Bronze Medallist… 2005-06 and 2009-10 FIBT World Cup Champion
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Patrick Chan – Figure Skating
Age: 23 • Birthplace: Ottawa, ON • Hometown: Toronto, ON
Patrick Chan entered his first Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver 2010 with great expectations for a medal, but came up short of the podium, finishing fifth. He will now head to Sochi 2014 as the three-time and reigning world champion.
Career Highlights Three-Time World Champion (2011-13)… Two-Time World Silver Medallist (2009-10)… Two-Time Four Continents Champion (2009, 2012)… Six-Time Canadian Champion (2008-13)
Alexandra Paul Figure Skating
Age: 22 • Birthplace: Toronto, ON • Hometown: Midhurst, ON
Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam began their partnership in February 2009 and just over one year later claimed the silver medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships. In the fall of 2010 they made their ISU Grand Prix debut at Skate Canada where they finished fourth overall.
Career Highlights 2010 World Junior Silver Medallists… 2011 Canadian Championship Bronze Medallists
Christine Nesbitt Speed Skating – long track Age: 28 • Birthplace: Melbourne, Aus. • Hometown: London, ON
As the reigning 1000m world champion heading into the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Christine Nesbitt earned Canada’s only individual gold medal at the Richmond Olympic Oval with a victory in the 1000m.
Career Highlights 2010 Olympic Champion 1000m… 2006 Olympic Silver Medallist Team Pursuit… Three-Time World Champion 1000m (2009, 2011, 2012)… 2012 World Champion 1500m… and More!
Travis Gerrits Skiing – freestyle Age: 22 • Birthplace: Milton, ON • Hometown: Milton, ON
After having his 2011-12 season cut short due to injury, Travis Gerrits’ comeback in 2012-13 included breakthrough podium performances in both World Cup and world championship competition.
Career Highlights 2013 World Silver Medallist (Aerials)… FIS Rookie of the Year 2010-11
Dara Howell Skiing – freestyle Age: 19 • Birthplace: Huntsville, ON • Hometown: Huntsville, ON
At age 17, Dara Howell was the youngest female competitor at the 2012 Winter X Games in Aspen where she finished sixth in slopestyle. She would go on to win the bronze medal at the 2012 Winter X Games in Tignes before she had even graduated from high school.
Career Highlights 2013 FIS World Silver Medallist (Slopestyle)… 2013 Winter X Games Bronze Medallist (Slopestyle)… 2012 and 2013 Winter X Games Europe Bronze Medallist (Slopestyle)…