1st Canadian women's ski jumping team named
Atsuko Tanaka will lead 7 athletes into Sochi
Seven ski jumpers, including Atsuko Tanaka and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, were nominated for the Sochi Olympic team on Sunday at Robson Square in Vancouver.
The four men and three women headed to Sochi in February are:
- Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, Calgary
- Dusty Korek, Calgary
- Trevor Morrice, Calgary
- Matthew Rowley, Red Deer, Alta.
- Atsuko Tanaka, Calgary
- Alexandra Pretorius, Calgary
- Taylor Henrich, Caglary
After many years of waiting and a failed legal battle, women’s ski jumping finally joined the Olympic family in 2011. Tanaka and her colleagues fought hard, but unsuccessfully, to convince the organizing committee of the Vancouver Games to contradict the decision by the International Olympic Committee to refuse access to the 2010 Olympics.
“I have lost count of how many jumps I have done leading up to this point,” said Tanaka. “But every jump got me one step closer to my goal and that was to make the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic Team and I couldn’t be more proud to represent my country in Russia.”
Boyd-Clowes, who competed at the 2010 Vancouver Games and owns the Canadian ski jump record of 205.0 metres, is thrilled to be making a return to the Olympics.
“It truly is the most indescribable feeling knowing you will represent your nation on the world stage,” Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes. “I want to thank all my supporters and fans who have helped me get here – I promise I will do my best to reach the podium in Sochi for you.”
The women's ski jumping competition begins Feb. 11 at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center. The men's qualification round begins Feb. 8.
With files from Manon Gilbert and The Canadian Press