Presenting the Canadian Olympic Alpine Ski Team

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 28, 2010 8:48 am

Yesterday, Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA) proudly announced their strong Olympic alpine ski team. As the Olympics are in their home country of Canada this year, the alpine team is ready to take the podium by storm. The athletes are stoked, pumped, amped…and…well, you get the idea.

“To be able to ski on a national team and represent your country on the World Cup circuit is always an honor, but qualifying for the Winter Olympics is another ball game. It means you are one of the top four athletes in your country in that specific event,” said Osborne-Paradis, an Olympian in 2006, where he finished 13th in the downhill.

He added, “The Olympic Games are a very special experience. To be able to compete, representing my country with athletes from all the different sports, is going to be a very unique experience, especially with the Games in Canada.”

Participating in her first Olympics, Britt Janyk will be realizing a life-long dream: “As we near the Games, just a few weeks away now, you can feel the excitement building. This is something that obviously I have been dreaming about for a long time. I grew up in Whistler dreaming about competing in an Olympic Games, and for my dream to be coming true in Whistler is going to be really special.”

“We have a strong field of medal contenders and some young athletes competing in their first Olympic Games, trying to get valuable experience,” said ACA Chief Athletics Officer Max Gartner.

“There is always plenty of competition in alpine ski racing but, on the men’s speed side particularly, I think we are going to the Games with one of the strongest entries. On the women’s side, with Emily having two World Cup podiums this season we have seen that we are in the game there as well,” Gartner added. “The men’s tech team, which has been lead the last couple seasons by Michael Janyk, is also really finding its potential and coming into the Olympic Games with some strong performances from a number of guys. It’s normally the second Olympic Games where an athlete has their best performance. We will take the opportunity to expose some younger athletes into the Olympic environment so that they know what to expect the next time around.”

And here’s the roster!

Julien Cousineau – Lachute, QC (Mont-Tremblant)
Robbie Dixon – Whistler, BC (Whistler Mountain Ski Club)
Jeffrey Frisch – Mont-Tremblant, QC (Mont Tremblant)
Erik Guay – Mont-Tremblant, QC (Mont-Tremblant) *OWG
Louis-Pierre Hélie – Berthierville, QC (Mont-Ste-Anne)
Jan Hudec – Calgary, AB (Banff Alpine Racers)
Michael Janyk – Whistler, BC (Whistler Mountain Ski Club) *OWG
Tyler Nella – Toronto, ON (Georgian Peaks)
Manuel Osborne-Paradis – Vancouver, BC (Whistler Mountain Ski Club) *OWG
Ryan Semple – Montréal, QC / Mont-Tremblant, QC (Mont-Tremblant) *OWG
Brad Spence – Calgary, AB (NATC – Team Panorama)
Trevor White – Calgary, AB (NATC – Fortress Alpine Ski Team)

Brigitte Acton – Mont-Tremblant, QC (Mont-Tremblant) *OWG
Emily Brydon – Fernie, BC (Fernie Snow Valley Racers) *OWG
Marie-Michèle Gagnon – Lac-Etchemin, QC (Mont Orignal)
Anna Goodman – Pointe-Claire, QC (Mont-Tremblant)
Britt Janyk – Whistler, BC (Whistler Mountain Ski Club)
Erin Mielzynski – Guelph, ON (Georgian Peaks Ski Club)
Shona Rubens – Canmore, AB (Lake Louise / Sunshine Ski Club) *OWG

* OWG indicates Olympic Winter Games experience