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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
CANADA’S NATIONAL SKI CROSS TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2015 FIS FREESTYLE SKI AND SNOWBOARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
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CALGARY, ALBERTA (January 13, 2015) – Alpine Canada Alpin announced the 6 ski cross athletes who will represent Canada at the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championship, January 15 to 25 in Kreischberg, AUT.

The Canadian Ski Cross team includes 2014 Olympic Champion Marielle Thompson and Georgia Simmerling who are ranked 1st and 2nd overall in the world cup standings and on the men’s team Brady Leman, who is currently ranked 8th.  

Thompson, who claimed 2nd place in the 2013 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championship, is committed to winning her first World Ski Championship. A native of Whistler, BC, Thompson is riding a wave of momentum into Austria after her back-to-back-to-back World Cup ski cross victories. Thompson‘s three peat  represents Canada’s longest winning streak in Ski Cross.

Simmerling, of Vancouver, BC, is currently experiencing one of her strongest seasons yet.  

“Marielle and Georgia have excelled this year, having amassed three World Cup wins, two silver medals and a 5th place in only 3 events,” said Willy Raine, athletic director of ski cross at Alpine Canada Alpin. “They’re going into the World Championships as the clear favorites and last season, Marielle was 3rd at the test event so we know they can have success in Kreischberg.” 

Brady Leman (Calgary, AB), David Duncan (London, ON), Chris Del Bosco (Montreal, QC) and Louis-Pierre Helie (Berthierville, QC) will compete for Canada in men’s ski cross.

Ian Deans (Kelowna, BC) will also travel with the team to Austria as an alternate.

The men’s team has also enjoyed success of late, led by Leman’s 3rd place World Cup finish in Val Thorens on Saturday.

“For the men, the level of competition has been staggering this year with nine different men winning podiums this season,” stated Raine. “I expect the entire men’s field will be within 1.2 seconds during qualifying meaning anyone has a chance at the podium.”

Canada’s ski fans will be able to watch every minute of the Freestyle World Ski Championships, as FIS and Infront Sports & Media have announced that live streaming of the events will be shown on YouTube. This marks the first time that fans will be able to watch the entire world championship online for free.

Ski fans can access the streamed events at www.youtube.com/FISfreestyle.

Canada’s Full Roster (World Championships):

Ladies
Georgia Simmerling – Vancouver, BC 
Marielle Thompson – Whistler, BC 
 
Men
Brady Leman - Calgary, AB
Chris Del Bosco - Montreal, QC
David Duncan - London, ON
Louis-Pierre Helie - Berthierville, QC 
Alternate: Ian Deans - Kelowna, BC