Sochi 2014

Sochi 2014 – XXII Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

Who: Canada’s alpine, ski cross and para-alpine teams

Where: Sochi, Russia

When: Olympic Winter Games – February 7-23, 2014
           Paralympic Winter Games – March 7-16, 2014

What’s at stake: The Winter Olympic Games take place every four years, which means some athletes only get one chance in their careers to stand on the Olympic podium.

For Alpine Canada, preparations for the 2014 Games are well underway as both our alpine and ski cross teams get ready to own the podium in Sochi. 

The Paralympics are the premier sporting event for elite athletes with a disability. The games occur in the same year and at the same venue as the Olympic Winter Games. Para-alpine athletes compete in all five alpine disciplines: downhill, giant slalom, slalom, super combined and super-G, in three different categories: visually impaired, standing and sitting.

Read more about the 2014 Canadian Olympic Alpine Team here, here, and here.
Read more about the 2014 Canadian Olympic Ski Cross Team
Read more about the 2014 Canadian Paralympic Alpine Team 

Athlete biographies

Read more about Alpine Canada’s past Olympic and Paralympic medallists.

Quick facts:
*Men’s and women’s alpine skiing both debuted at the 1936 Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The only alpine event that year was a combined competition of downhill and slalom.

*Lucille Wheeler won Canada’s first alpine Olympic medal in 1956 – a bronze in downhill.

*Ski cross debuted at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, and Canada’s Ashleigh McIvor made history by winning the first gold medal in women’s ski cross.  

*The Paralympic games movement started after World War II when a sports competition for injured veterans was organized in England. The movement spread to other countries, and by 1976, alpine slalom and giant slalom were part of the first Paralympic Winter Games held in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.

Key links:
News from Canada's official Olympic broadcaster, CBC Olympics
Sochi 2014 website
Canadian Olympic Committee website
Canadian Paralympic Committee website
International Olympic Committee website
International Paralympic Committee website

Get involved:  Help put Canadian athletes on the podium by making a donation or by joining Alpine Canada's Podium Club.

Stay tuned to our website for features and updates leading up to the Games.