Alex Bilodeau leads Canada's powerhouse Olympic freestyle ski team
20 of 26 athletes officially named Monday
The Canadian Olympic Committee announced 20 of the 26 freestyle skiers who will represent Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics during a ceremony in Montreal on Monday.
Representatives of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canada Freestyle Ski Association and the Government of Canada presented each athlete with an official Canadian Olympic team sweater.
Athletes named to the Olympic freestyle team will compete in aerials, moguls, halfpipe and slopestyle. The remainder of the 26 spots will be filled when Alpine Canada officially announced the Olympic ski cross team on Jan. 27.
The team is headlined by Olympic moguls Champion Alex Bilodeau who will compete in his third career Olympic Games in Sochi.
“I am ready to hit the slopes of Russia and show the world why Canada is a force to be reckoned with,” said Bilodeau. “The Canadian Olympic Freestyle Team is totally focused. These Games belong to Canada.”
Justine Dufour-Lapointe will make her Olympic debut in Sochi alongside her sisters Chloe and Maxime.
“I always hoped that I would be able to represent the nation by doing what I love,” said Dufour-Lapointe.
“To be able to say that I am now doing that is a dream come true. I can’t wait to represent Canada in Sochi.”
The roster includes:
- Alex Bilodeau
- Mikael Kingsbury
- Marc-Antoine Gagnon
- Justine Dufour-Lapointe
- Chloe Dufour-Lapointe
- Maxime Dufour-Lapointe
- Audrey Robichaud
- Travis Gerrits
- Mike Riddle
- Justin Dorey
- Noah Bowman
- Matt Margetts
- Rosalind Groenewoud
- Megan Gunning
- Keltie Hansen
- Alex Beaulieu-Marchand
- Kaya Turski
- Dara Howell
- Kim Lamarre
- Yuki Tsubota
There are six spots remaining for Canadian ski cross team members.