Wednesday Oct. 30, 2013 19:00 ET

Meet CBC's broadcast team for the Sochi Olympics

Veteran journalists, former Olympians excited to cover Winter Games

Scott Russell and Ron MacLean introduce CBC's team of Olympic hosts, reporters and analysts
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The Sochi Olympics are 100 days away and to mark the occasion, CBC unveiled its coverage team on Wednesday. Just like the athletes on Team Canada, CBC's roster has a mix of seasoned veterans and wide-eyed rookies, ready to bring the Games to you.

 

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Meet CBC's coverage team for Sochi 2014. Click on a face to read more about our broadcasters and analysts.

David Amber

Host, Olympic Morning

@DavidAmber

Veteran sports broadcaster David Amber hosts Olympic Morning alongside Diana Swain from 6 to 9 a.m. ET throughout CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Amber’s impressive resumé includes prior Olympic coverage in both Sydney (2000) and Salt Lake City (2002). Amber has been a network reporter, anchor and host for the past 16 years.
Andrew Chang

Host, Olympic Overnight

@AndrewChangCBC

 Andrew Chang joins the CBC/Radio-Canada broadcast team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as host of Olympic Overnight along with Andi Petrillo from midnight to 6 a.m. ET. As co-anchor of CBC Montreal's supper-hour newscast, Chang has led viewers through just about every recent major event in Quebec.
Colleen Jones

Field Reporter/Analyst, Curling

@cbccolleenjones

 The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will mark Colleen Jones’s ninth time covering the Olympics. In Sochi, Jones will act as both field reporter for various events as well as an analyst for CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the curling competitions. Jones has also been part of the broadcast team for the Canada Games and Commonwealth Games. She is also a Hall of Fame curler, having won a record six Canadian titles and two world curling championships.
Sonali Karnick

Field Reporter

@SonaliKarnick

 Sonali Karnick joins the CBC/Radio-Canada broadcast team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as a reporter for a variety of competitions. Known to the Quebec audience as the host of All In a Weekend on Saturday and Sunday mornings on CBC Radio One, she is also the host of the new CBC-TV program Our Montreal. Karnick built a solid reputation in radio and television sports, reporting both locally and nationally on professional and amateur sports, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Ron MacLean

Host, Olympic Primetime

 Ron MacLean returns to CBC/Radio-Canada’s Olympics coverage as host of Olympic Primetime from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET throughout the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He has been part of CBC’s Olympic broadcasts since 1988, most recently at the helm of the network’s coverage of Beijing 2008. MacLean is best known for his extensive experience, knowledge and passion for the game of hockey, which he’s brought to Canadians for more than 25 years as the host of CBC’S Hockey Night in Canada.
Andi Petrillo

Field Reporter

@andipHNIC

 Andi Petrillo joins CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as host of Olympic Overnight alongside Andrew Chang from 12 midnight to 6 a.m. ET. Currently in her third season as a member of CBC’S Hockey Night in Canada in-studio team, Petrillo brings tremendous knowledge of both the players and the game to the broadcasts in her role as host of the Chevrolet I-Desk every Saturday night.
Scott Russell

Host, Olympic Daytime

@SportsWkndScott

 A Gemini Award-winning broadcaster and acclaimed author, Scott Russell brings vast experience, passion and knowledge to his role as host of the Olympic Daytime programming (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET) block during CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Outside of the Olympics, Russell’s unparalleled enthusiasm for amateur sport shines through in his role as host of CBC Sports Weekend. A CBC veteran of more than 25 years, Russell has covered 11 Olympic Games and co-hosted Olympic Morning for Beijing 2008. Outside of his hosting duties, Russell authors the insightful Field of Play blog, on the CBC Olympics website, where he discusses the world of sport from all angles.
Diana Swain

Host, Olympic Morning

@swaindiana

 Diana Swain is one of Canada's leading investigative journalists, and the senior investigative correspondent for CBC News. During the Sochi Games, she will co-host Olympic Morning daily from 6 to 10 a.m. ET. Swain was an anchor for CBC’s coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She has also covered the Pan Am Games, Canadian National Swimming Trials, the Canadian Track and Field Championships and international volleyball competition for CBC.
Kelly VanderBeek

Guest Analyst

@KellyVanderBeek

 An alpine Olympian and World Cup medalist, Kelly VanderBeek adds a unique perspective as a guest analyst with CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. VanderBeek knows what it takes to compete at the highest level and what is going through the minds of the athletes as they prepare for the biggest stage of their careers. Sochi 2014 will be VanderBeek’s third Olympics as a member of CBC’s broadcast team.
Adam van Koeverden

Guest Analyst

@vankayak

 Four-time Olympic medallist Adam van Koeverden brings a wealth of first-hand knowledge and experience as a high-performance athlete to his role as a guest analyst for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. As a seasoned competitor on the world stage, van Koeverden provides valuable insight into the mind of an athlete competing in a high-pressure situation like the Olympic Games. He’s earned one Olympic gold medal, two silver and one bronze in kayak, and is a two-time World Champion, 22-time World Cup Champion and 73-time Canadian Champion.
Carly Agro

Field Reporter

@CarlyCBCSports

Carly Agro has been reporting on sports for CBC since 2012 and is taking her talents to Sochi to provide news and updates from the Mountain Cluster that will showcase skiing and sliding events during CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Peter Armstrong

CBC News Correspondent

@parmstrongcbc

 Expert CBC Sports journalist Peter Armstrong will be will be actively reporting on the news of the day directly from Sochi. He will be seen daily on a range of CBC platforms, including CBC Radio One, The National and CBC News Network. Whether the focus is on the athletes, the events, national and international stars or Canada's quest for Olympic glory as the teams strive to win the most medals at the Games, he’ll be bringing the top stories directly to Canadians.
Adrienne Arsenault

Reporter, The National

@adriearsenault

 CBC News correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, a Gemini-award winning journalist, will be reporting for The National straight from Sochi on the highs and lows of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The National will air live from Sochi in the week leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at 10 p.m. ET on CBC TV.
Nahlah Ayed

Reporter, The National

@NahlahAyed

CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed will report for The National live from Sochi, focusing on breaking news stories in relation to Russia’s role as host country. Ayed is a veteran in the field, specifically in the Middle East, where she spent seven years filing for the CBC's television, radio and online operations. She is based in London, England.
David Common

Host, World Report

@davidcommon

 David Common is part of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games broadcast team as host of the World Report. He’ll host the CBC Radio One program live from Sochi for the first three days of the Games. Throughout the duration of the Games he’ll report regularly for CBC Radio One from Sochi, bringing listeners the latest action from the Olympics, as well as shedding light on stories making news around the world. World Report airs every weekday morning at 5, 6, 7 & 8 a.m., beginning at 6 a.m. in the Maritimes, and 6:30 a.m. NT.
Matt Galloway

Host, Morning Olympic Report

@MetroMorning

 Toronto’s top radio personality, Matt Galloway, joins the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games broadcast team as host of the Morning Olympic Report, straight from Sochi, on CBC Radio One. Morning Olympic Report airs throughout the Games at 25 minutes after the hour from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily. It brings Canadians more than just the scores and results — listeners will hear an insider's perspective on the events and all the ensuing drama directly as it unfolds. Galloway has been with CBC Radio for more than 10 years and is currently the host of Metro Morning on CBC Radio One, 99.1 FM, the top-rated morning radio program in Toronto.
Jian Ghomeshi

Host, Q

@jianghomeshi

 Popular CBC Radio host, Jian Ghomeshi brings Q to the Sochi Games, through in-depth conversations with athletes, newsmakers and cultural figures from Canada and around the world, as well as incisive Q essays on the hottest topics of the day. The show will air live on CBC Radio One during its regular timeslot at 10 a.m. ET. Ghomeshi is an award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician and producer.

 
Ian Hanomansing

Host, CBC News Network (Evening)

@cbcian

 As Canadians are just ending their day, CBC News Network’s Ian Hanomansing will bring viewers close to the action in Sochi as the host of CBC NN’s evening program, reporting live from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Veteran broadcaster Ian Hanomansing is currently the host of the evening show on CBC News Network out of Vancouver, as well as a correspondent for The National.
Peter Mansbridge

Host, The National, Mansbridge: One on One

@petermansbridge

 Renowned CBC News correspondent Peter Mansbridge will host The National at 10 p.m. ET on CBC TV from Sochi in the week leading up to the Olympic Winter Games. Focusing on the stories that mean the most to Canadians, he’ll bring viewers closer than ever to the action. He will also host the opening ceremony with Ron MacLean. Mansbridge is the chief correspondent for CBC News.
Nick Purdon

Reporter, Olympic Report

@nickpurdoncbc

 Nick Purdon reports live from the Sochi Olympic Winter Games to both the morning and afternoon Olympic Reports, working alongside Matt Galloway and Scott Regehr on CBC Radio One. The Olympic Report airs throughout the Games at 25 minutes after the hour from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Nick Purdon is a sports columnist and journalist for The National.
Scott Regehr

Host, Afternoon Olympic Report

@ScottRegehr

 Veteran CBC Sports broadcaster Scott Regehr, follows Matt Galloway daily as the host of the Afternoon Olympic Report throughout the Sochi Games on CBC Radio One. Afternoon Olympic Report airs throughout the Games at 25 minutes after the hour from 12 noon to 6 p.m. daily. It brings Canadians more than just the scores and results — listeners will hear an insider's perspective on the events and all the ensuing drama directly as it unfolds. Scott Regehr can also be heard weekday mornings across the country as CBC's national sports radio host.
Kerrin Lee-Gartner

Analyst, Alpine

@leegartner

 Three-time Olympian and Olympic downhill champion Kerrin Lee-Gartner joins CBC/Radio-Canada’s broadcast team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as an alpine events analyst. Lee-Gartner is an authority in the skiing community and has provided analysis for CBC’s coverage of alpine events for the past several years. Sochi 2014 is her fifth Olympics as a broadcaster since her retirement from competition in 1994. Her 1992 Olympic downhill skiing gold medal remains the only gold won by a Canadian in that sport.
Scott Oake

Commentator, Alpine Skiing

@ScottOake

 Gemini Award-winner and veteran Olympic broadcaster Scott Oake provides a familiar voice to CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of alpine skiing for the Sochi Games. Over the course of his career, Oake has covered the Olympic Winter and Summer Games as well as the Commonwealth Games as a commentator for a wide variety of sports, including alpine skiing and hockey. Canadian hockey fans know Oake from his role with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada’s western games of the traditional Saturday night doubleheader, and co-hosting the post-game show, After Hours.
Heather Hiscox

Host, CBC News Network (Morning)

@cbchh

 CBC News host Heather Hiscox will host CBC News Network’s morning show live from Sochi daily, from 6 to 9 a.m. ET throughout the duration of the Olympics. Hiscox will be bringing Canadians the latest breaking news from Sochi, connecting Canadians with their athletes and the stories that matter most. Heather Hiscox is currently in her eighth season as the morning host at CBC News Network, bringing viewers all the information they need to start their day.
Joan McCusker

Analyst, Curling

@joaniemccusker

 Three-time Canadian and world curling champion and Olympic gold medallist Joan McCusker provides insight and analysis to CBC/Radio-Canada’s curling coverage from the Sochi Games. In addition to her impressive resumé as a curler, McCusker has been part of CBC’s curling coverage since 2001. McCusker was a member of the team that dominated the world of women’s curling in the 1990s. With her teammates Sandra Schmirler, Jan Betker and Marcia Gudereit, McCusker won Canadian and world curling titles in 1993, 1994 and 1997 and Olympic gold in 1998.
Bruce Rainnie

Commentator, Curling

 Bruce Rainnie is the host of CBC News: Compass at 5, CBC News Compass at 5:30, and CBC News: Compass at 6, CBC Prince Edward Island's three local evening news programs. In that role, he has helped Compass achieve the status of number-one rated CBC supper-hour news broadcast in the country.
Kurt Browning

Analyst, Figure Skating

@KurtBrowning

 Kurt Browning brings one of the most impressive sports resumes of all time to his role as analyst for CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of figure skating at the Sochi Games. This figure skating icon is a four-time Canadian and world champion as an amateur and a three-time Canadian and world professional champion. He also holds the Guinness World Record as the first person to successfully land a quadruple jump in international competition. He has been a frequent analyst with CBC’s coverage of major skating events including the Olympic Games and world championships.
Brenda Irving

Commentator, Figure Skating

@BrendaCBCSports

 The Sochi Winter Games will be Brenda Irving’s eighth with CBC, as she takes on the role of commentator for the network’s figure skating coverage. Irving has been a member of the CBC Sports team since 1995 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as host on Sports Weekend. The two-time Gemini Award nominee counts covering two FIFA World Cups, in addition to her Olympic Games experience, as highlights of her career with CBC.
Carol Lane

Analyst, Figure Skating

 World and Olympic figure skating coach and choreographer Carole Lane has more than 25 years of experience to draw from in her role as analyst for CBC/Radio Canada’s figure skating coverage at the Sochi Games. Lane’s in-depth knowledge and firsthand experience with coaching and choreography will provide unique insight into the technical aspects of the competition in Sochi. Lane began her skating career in London, England, at the age of seven. Lane has taught extensively in Europe and North America, and her students are currently competing regularly at the national, international and world levels.
Jeff Bean

Analyst, Freestyle

 Three-time Olympic freestyle skiing athlete Jeff Bean brings an impressive resumé to the table as an analyst for CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the sport at the Sochi Games. Since his retirement from competition in 2007, Bean has worked in the television industry covering freestyle skiing World Cup events, including the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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Mitch Peacock

Commentator, Freestyle

@MitchPeacock1

 Mitch Peacock brings a wealth of news and sports broadcasting experience to his role as commentator for freestyle events during CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. A familiar face on CBC News Winnipeg, Peacock is also a regular on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, providing rinkside reports and analysis. Peacock joined CBC News Winnipeg after spending five years as an anchor on the Fox Soccer Report.
Jennifer Botterill

Reporter, Women’s Hockey

@JenBotterill

 Jennifer Botterill was a member of Canada’s women’s hockey team from 1997-2001, a period that spans four Olympics, where she won three gold medals and one silver. Botterill brings her vast experience, knowledge and passion to her role as reporter with CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of women’s hockey at the Sochi Games. A keynote speaker and television broadcaster, Botterill’s perspective on sports has been included in "Think Hockey" features on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
Cassie Campbell-Pascall

Analyst, Women’s Hockey

@CassieCampbell

 Three-time Olympian Cassie Campbell-Pascall brings her first-hand knowledge to CBC/Radio Canada’s broadcasts of women’s hockey. Currently in her eighth season as a member of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, the Canadian women’s hockey icon brings more than 20 years of on-ice hockey experience to her on-air role. In August of 2006, she became the first woman to provide colour commentary on Hockey Night in Canada. Campbell-Pascall was the captain of the gold medal-winning Canadian women’s hockey teams at the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games and also won Olympic silver with the team in 1998.
Don Cherry

Analyst, Men’s Hockey

@coachscornerCBC

 A mainstay of Hockey Night in Canada, Don Cherry brings his popular weekly feature, Coach’s Corner, to CBC’s coverage of men’s ice hockey at the Sochi Games. In what has become an important tradition for Canadian hockey fans, Cherry has been appearing on Coach’s Corner alongside host Ron MacLean since 1987, staying true to form with his candid and often controversial comments.
Elliotte Friedman

Reporter, Men’s Hockey

@FriedgeHNIC

 This is Elliotte Friedman’s fifth time covering the Olympics with CBC/Radio-Canada. A member of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast team for the past 10 years, Friedman is providing insight, updates and in-depth reports for men’s hockey from Sochi. He is a regular contributor to CBCSports.ca with insightful columns, including the popular “30 Thoughts.” Fans can follow him on Twitter throughout the regular season and playoffs.
Glenn Healy

Analyst, Men’s Hockey

 Glenn Healy of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada joins the broadcast team as an analyst for men’s hockey during the Sochi Olympics, bringing more than 25 years of experience as an NHL player, broadcaster and an NHLPA executive to the role. The Canadian Screen Award-nominated Healy appears every Saturday night on HNIC, where he serves as both an in-game analyst for select games and an in-studio analyst, sharing his knowledge and opinions.
Kelly Hrudey

Studio Analyst, Men’s Hockey

@KellyHrudey

 Kelly Hrudey joins the CBC/Radio-Canada broadcast team for Sochi as an in-studio analyst for hockey. A fixture of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada for the past 15 years, Hrudey has also been a part of CBC’s Olympic broadcasts on two previous occasions. In 2007, Hrudey was recognized with a Gemini Award in the Best Studio Analyst category. Hrudey also brings first-hand experience as an NHL goalie to his broadcasting with CBC.
Jim Hughson

Commentator, Men’s Hockey

 Veteran hockey broadcaster Jim Hughson brings more than three decades of experience to his role as commentator for CBC’s coverage of men’s hockey. Hughson’s recognizable voice can be heard every Saturday night during the NHL season, calling play-by-play for nationally televised games on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
Craig Simpson

Analyst, Men’s Hockey

@hnicsimmer

 Long-time broadcaster and two-time Stanley Cup champion Craig Simpson brings nearly three decades of professional hockey experience as a player, coach and on-air personality to his role as analyst for men’s hockey as part of CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of Sochi 2014. Simpson joins his familiar Hockey Night in Canada broadcast partner Jim Hughson in the booth as they call the games from Russia.
Karin Larsen

Commentator, Cross Country and Nordic Combined

@CBCLarsen

 Award-winning sports anchor and reporter Karin Larsen serves as commentator for Cross-Country and Nordic Combined competitions. A seasoned Olympic analyst and reporter, Larsen has covered a multitude of sports over 15 years with the CBC, including six Olympic Games. Larsen is a two-time world champion with Canada’s national synchronized swimming team, with whom she also competed at the Seoul Olympic Summer Games in 1988.
Jack Sasseville

Analyst, Cross Country and Nordic Combined

@jackxcski

 Jack Sasseville brings 35 years of experience as a coach of cross-country skiing to his role as an analyst for CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the Olympics. He has been the voice of cross-country skiing on CBC since 1997 and was nominated for a Gemini Award along with CBC’s Scott Russell for his work with CBC on the 2006 Turin Olympics. Sochi 2014 marks his fifth Olympics as an analyst.
Beckie Scott

Analyst, Cross-Country and Biathlon

 Three-time Olympian Beckie Scott has nearly two decades of competitive ski racing to draw on in her role as analyst. She won gold at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and silver in Turin in 2006. Scott retired following the 2006 winter season as North America’s most decorated cross-country skier and one of the world’s best all-around cross-country ski racers. In 2006, Scott was elected to the International Olympic Committee for an eight-year term.
Mark Connolly

Commentator, Sliding Sports

@MarkConnollyCBC

 A mainstay at CBC Edmonton for more than 20 years, Mark Connolly joins the CBC/Radio-Canada broadcast team for the Sochi Games as a commentator for coverage of sliding sports. His experience covering the Olympics with CBC includes seven previous Games, including Beijing in 2008. Connolly has also been part of the broadcast team for numerous world championships and the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Helen Upperton

Analyst, Bobsleigh

@HelenUpperton

 Helen Upperton represented Canada at two Olympic Games as a pilot for the national bobsleigh team, earning a silver medal at Vancouver 2010 with her teammate Shelley Ann Brown. She joins CBC/Radio-Canada’s broadcast team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as a bobsleigh analyst.
Craig McMorris

Analyst, Snowboard

@Craig_McMorris

Current Canadian snowboard team member Craig McMorris joins CBC/Radio-Canada’s broadcast team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as an analyst. His ongoing competition experience and knowledge of the athletes make McMorris a valuable asset in the broadcast booth. He is also the older brother of Canadian Olympic medal hopeful, Mark McMorris.
Rob Snoek

Commentator, Snowboard

@RobSnoekLIVE

 Rob Snoek brings a wealth of experience to CBC/Radio-Canada’s broadcast team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as a snowboard commentator. Snoek is a Canadian record-holder in track and field and was a world silver medallist in 1998. His athletic career spanned more than a decade, during which he represented Canada at three Paralympic Games.
Steve Armitage

Commentator, Speed Skating

 Legendary sports broadcaster Steve Armitage reprises his familiar role as the voice of speed skating for CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the Sochi Games. He has been a member of the CBC family for nearly 50 years and for much of that time has been the iconic voice of championship sport on the network across a wide variety of disciplines. Sochi 2014 will be his fourteenth Olympic Games as a broadcaster with CBC.
Kristina Groves

Analyst, Long Track Speed Skating

 Kristina Groves is a three-time Olympic medallist in speed skating and brings her experience and expertise to CBC/Radio-Canada’s broadcast team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as an analyst for coverage of long track speed skating. This is a familiar role for Groves with CBC, having been part of the network’s broadcast team for speed skating events in the past.
Doug Gelevan

Field Reporter

@DGelevan

CBC Montreal sports anchor Doug Gelevan joins the broadcast team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as a field reporter for CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage from the Mountain Cluster, the venue for skiing and sliding sports. Gelevan is a national award-winning sports journalist who has been a member of the CBC team since 2009 and is currently the sports columnist for Daybreak in Montreal, CBC Radio One’s flagship morning show in addition to his role with CBC News Montreal.
Jeff Christie

Analyst, Luge

@christieluge

Jeff Christie is a two-time Olympian in the sport of luge, having represented Canada in Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010. He brings his passion and knowledge of the sport to CBC's coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He has been the live on-track commentator for all Canadian luge World Cups since 2011 as well as co-hosting the associated broadcasts of these events.
Jennifer Heil

Analyst, Freestyle Moguls

@jennheil

Two-time Olympic medallist in freestyle skiing (moguls), Jennifer Heil joins CBC/Radio-Canada’s broadcast team for Sochi as an analyst. Heil has won Olympic gold and silver medals, is a four-time world champion and a five-time overall World Cup champion. She's also a key player in the "Because I am a Girl" initiative, to which she donated $25,000 and accomplished the challenge of raising $1 million to help advocate for and empower young women around the world. Heil also runs her own girls-only moguls ski camp and is the co-founder of B2ten.
Rob Keith

Analyst, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined

Rob Keith joins CBC/Radio Canada’s broadcast team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as an analyst for ski jumping and Nordic combined. A five-time Canadian Nordic combined champion, Keith represented Canada as a member of the national ski team at six world championships, and served as a Nordic combined and ski jumping analyst for Vancouver 2010.

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