January 21 - Alpine Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee oday announced the 13 Para-Alpine skiers that will represent Canada at Sochi 2014.
With a blend of Paralympic veterans and up-and-coming stars, the Canadian team will be looking to add to the 14 medals they won at the 2013 World Championships and the six gold medals they won at Vancouver 2010.
The nominated Canadian contingent includes previous Paralympic Games competitors Josh Dueck, Chris Williamson - guided by Robin Fémy, Kimberly Joines, Matt Hallat, Kirk Schornstein and Braydon Luscombe – an experienced group that has won five medals between them.
Three-time Paralympic medallist Williamson will lead the squad as the most experienced member of the team.
The veteran will be travelling to his fourth Paralympics for Canada when he makes the trip to Sochi in March and will be looking to build on the gold he won at Salt Lake City in 2002, and silver and bronze he picked up at Turin 2006.
Dueck was the most successful of the current team in Vancouver where he won a silver medal, while Joines took bronze in 2006.
Skiers who will make their Paralympic debut in Sochi include Caleb Brousseau, Mac Marcoux -guided by Billy Joe Marcoux, Alexandra Starker, Kurt Oatway and Alana Ramsay.
"Honestly, this is mind-blowing," said Mac Marcoux, who skis in the visually impaired category and is guided by his older brother
"It's still setting in that we've gotten this far and we're going to the Paralympics."
"Many of my team mates have a lot of experience at the Paralympics, and I really look up to them as role models.
"I plan to go in with an open mind and see what we can do."
Jean-Sébastien Labrie will lead the team again following his success in Vancouver four years ago.
In Vancouver Labrie coached the Para-Alpine team to 13 of Canada's 19 total medals, including six gold.
"I feel really confident about the team we've put together," said Labrie.
"The depth of talent is exceptional.
"We're going to be looking to athletes like Chris Williamson, who has more than 100 World Cup podiums, to lend experience to the younger athletes who absolutely have the ability to be on the podium, but not necessarily the miles logged at an event as big as the Paralympics.
"It's going to be a really exciting group to watch."
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