Canadian Alpine Ski Team gearing up for 2011 World Championships

06 May 2010 16:31

CALGARY, AB (May 6th , 2010) - As the Canadian Alpine ski team is preparing for the 2011 World Championships, 26 athletes are named to participate in Alpine Canada Alpin summer training programs, Athletic Director - CAST Patrick Riml announced today as the 2014 Olympic cycle is underway for Canada's Alpine skiers.

The group led by 15 men and 11 ladies include five World Cup winners and three World Championship medalists. The summer training team will begin dryland training next week in Calgary following a much needed rest period. The Canadian World Cup team for the 2010/2011 season will be selected from this group.

Erik Guay (Mont-Tremblant, QC), who became the first Canadian since 1982 to win a discipline title, winning the men's super-G Crystal Globe on the final day of competition, leads a group of "Canadian Cowboys" that also includes World Cup winners Manuel Osborne-Paradis (Vancouver, BC) and Jan Hudec (Calgary, AB).

John Kucera (Calgary, AB), who suffered a broken leg in the super-G event at the Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart is on the road to defend his downhill World Championship title next season. Michael Janyk (Whistler, BC), a bronze medalist in slalom at the 2009 FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships in Val d'Isère headlines the men's technical team.

On the ladies side, the team includes World Cup winner Britt Janyk (Whistler, BC) who finished 6th in the downhill event at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as well as Kelly VanderBeek (Kitchener, ON) who is on the road to recovery from a knee injury occurred in Val d'Isère, FRA last December.

"We are very excited about the talented team going into the World Cup season and World Championships in Garmisch. The men's team had a very strong World Cup season last year that was highlighted by Erik's Crystal Globe victory and we are looking forward to building on that momentum next World Cup season," said Riml.

Canada's alpine ski teams finished the 2009/2010 season with four World Cup victories, the most since 1984, which makes it a total of eight World Cup podiums including an impressive three top 3 results in Lake Louise.

"On the women's side we had a few retirements and the team consists of some younger athletes and we are looking forward to seeing them perform to their abilities as they gain experience," added Riml.

Riml is eager to see the injured athletes getting back on their skis and joining the team for the preparation period.

"Last year we had a lot of strong athletes that unfortunately got injured, it will be great to have them back with the team and on the World Cup circuit," said Riml.

Canadian skiers finished with four top eight performances at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Whistler despite injuries to several potential Olympians prior to the start of the Games, led by Guay's fifth place finish just 0.03s from the podium in the men's super-G.

The FIS World Cup season is scheduled to get underway in Sölden, AUT next October while the Alpine events of the 2011 World Championships take place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER beginning in mid-February.