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Canada dream team Sochi-bound in pursuit of Olympic ski cross gold

English.news.cn   2014-01-28 16:38:45

VANCOUVER, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Building on the momentum of the gold medal won by Ashleigh McIvor at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Canada on Monday named an all-star team of ski-cross athletes to represent the country at next month's Sochi Games.

With the exciting freestyle-skiing discipline appearing in the Olympic roster for a second occasion, the Canadian team is stacked with six athletes - three men and three women - all currently sitting in the top 10 of their respective FIS ski cross World Cup rankings.

Leading the men's team is Dave Duncan, the current world No. 1, along with Brady Leman and Chris Del Bosco. The women's team includes Marielle Thompson, a two-time World Cup winner this season who currently sits atop the world rankings, Georgia Simmerling and Kelsey Serwa.

With Canadian Olympic officials declaring a goal of winning a ski-cross medal in both the men's and women's disciplines, it may be modest forecast as the potential is there to win more.

Del Bosco goes into Sochi with something to prove. At the 2010 Games, the Montreal native appeared to be a lock for a bronze medal until he crashed in the final heat while trying to improve his position.

"All three of us on the men's team are heading into Sochi looking for redemption. We all feel like we have a second chance," said the 31-year-old Del Bosco, winner of a World Cup event in France earlier this month.

"We all have potential to go out there and win gold and that's what we'll be trying to do. Canada has been the top ski-cross nation in the world for four of the past five years and we have nothing to fear in Sochi. We believe this is our year," he said.

Also looking to top the podium in Russia is 24-year-old Serwa. As a 20-year-old the British Columbia native was fifth at the 2010 Vancouver Games, but bounced back the following season to finish as the overall 2011 world champion and X Games champion.

Last February, she won in Sochi at a test event for the Games, won of her eight career World Cup victories.

Canada has set an ambitious goal of topping the medal standings in Sochi, which it did for the first time at the 2010 Winter Games with 26 medals, including 14 golds.

Editor: Shen Qing
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