CBC Sports - Thursday Jan. 2, 2014 16:32 ET

Biathlon Canada names Olympic team

Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, Zina Kocher lead 8-person squad

Jean-Philippe Le Guellec
Jean-Philippe Le Guellec. (Photo : AFP/Anders Wiklund)
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Biathlon Canada has announced the four men and four women who will compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Jean-Philippe Le Guellec, of Shannon, Que., and Zina Kocher, of Red Deer, Alta., will lead the eight-person squad. Both are three-time Olympians and the only members of the team to have won World Cup medals.

The other members include:

  • Rosanna Crawford, of Canmore, Alta. 
  • Brendan Green, of Hay River, N.W.T.
  • Megan Heinicke, of Prince George, B.C.
  • Megan Imrie, of Falcon Lake, Man.
  • Scott Perras, of Regina.
  • Nathan Smith, of Calgary.

Le Guellec won the World Cup event in Sweden in December 2012. He opened the current season with a fourth-place finish. has four World Cup victoriesHe's followed up that December 2012 victory with a fourth place finish in the World Cup opener this season. 

Green competed in the 2010 Vancouver Games; the other men will be making their Olympic debuts.

"Depth is critical to mounting an attack on the medals, and each athlete on this team has knocked on the door of the World Cup podium," said Le Guellec. "This is a young but experienced group of athletes that believes if we are firing on all cylinders – anything is possible every time we put on the skis."

The women's team combined for Canada's best-ever relay result for a women's team, with a fourth-place finish in early December.

Kocher has a World Cup bronze medal to her credit, from a 2006 competition.

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