2015 Winter Universiade: CIS announces Canadian rosters in alpine skiing, snowboarding

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Laval’s Simon-Claude Toutant – credit Jean-Baptiste Benavant

Jan 09, 2015

OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Friday the Canadian rosters in two snow sports for the 2015 Winter Universiade, set for February 3 to 14 in Granada, Spain.

Canada will be represented at the 27th biennial competition by 11 student-athletes in alpine skiing and four in snowboarding.

Of the group, a quintet returns from the 2013 Universiade in Trentino, Italy, including alpine skiers Laurence Vallerand and Simon-Claude Toutant, both from the Laval University, Philippe Rivet from the University of New Hampshire and Roger Carry from the University of Colorado-Boulder, as well as snowboarder Megan Farrell from Queen’s University.

Rivet, who was enrolled at the University of Montreal in 2013, will be making his third straight Universiade appearance as he also competed in 2011 in Erzurum, Turkey, while in CEGEP.

Rounding out the alpine skiing contingent heading to Granada are team leader Sébastien Michel (Montreal), who also occupied the position in Trentino, and athletes Stéphanie Gould (Laval), Natalie Knowles (Denver), Claudia Paquin (Montreal), Ève Routhier (Laval), Victoria Stevens (Montreal), Vincent Lajoie (Montreal) and William Schuessler (Montreal).

The snowboarding group is completed by team leader Patrick Gaudet, who previously acted as Canada’s coach in Erzurum, and competitors Darren Gardner (Quest University), Jules Lefebvre (André-Grasset College) and Olivier Vachon (CEGEP François-Xavier-Garneau).

Canada has a combined five medals in the two sports at past FISU Games, with the most recent being a silver medal in the men’s snowboard halfpipe by Brendan Davis in 2007 in Turin, Italy. Snowboard has also collected a gold (2005) and another silver (1999) for Canada, while alpine skiing has produced a pair of first-place finishes (1991, 1972).

“The student-athletes participating in the 2015 Winter Universiade have worked very hard and should be proud that they have been selected to represent their country in international competition,” said Canadian chef de mission Darren Cates. “Having recently visited Granada I know they will be impressed with the facilities, history and natural beauty, and I look forward to seeing them compete for a spot on the on the world stage podium.”

NOTES: Canada’s two Universiade gold medals in alpine skiing were won by Josée Lacasse in 1991 in Sapporo, Japan (slalom) and Lisa Richardson back in 1972 in Lake Placid, USA (downhill)… In snowboarding, Brendan Davis captured halfpipe gold in 2005 in Innsbruck-Seefeld, Austria, before striking silver in the same event in 2007, while Mitch Baker took silver in the giant slalom in 1999 in Poprad-Tatry, Slovakia.

Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/

TEAM CANADA ROSTERS:

ALPINE SKIING

Name – School – Hometown – Event(s)
Stéphanie Gould – Laval University – Ottawa, Ont. (SG-SC-GS-SL)
Natalie Knowles – University of Denver – Toronto, Ont. (GS-SL)
Claudia Paquin – University of Montreal – Trois-Rivières, Que. (GS-SL)
Ève Routhier – Laval University – Sherbrooke, Que. (GS-SL)
Victoria Stevens – University of Montreal – Ottawa, Ont. (SG-SC-GS-SL)
Laurence Vallerand – Laval University – Île-des-Soeurs, Que. (GS-SL)
Roger Carry – University of Colorado Boulder – Calgary, Alta. (SG-SC-GS-SL)
Vincent Lajoie – University of Montreal – Sherbrooke, Que. (SG-SC-GS-SL)
Philippe Rivet – University of New Hampshire – St. Lambert, Que. (GS-SL)
William Schuessler – University of Montreal – Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. (SG-SC-GS-SL)
Simon-Claude Toutant – Laval University – Montreal, Que. (GS-SL)

Team Leader: Sébastien Michel (Mt. Tremblant, Que. / University of Montreal)

Legend: Super G (SG) – Super Combine (SC) – Giant Slalom (GS) – Slalom (SL)

SNOWBOARDING

Name – School – Hometown – Event(s)
Megan Farrell – Queen’s University – Richmond Hill, Ont. (PGS)
Darren Gardner – Quest University – Burlington, Ont. (PGS)
Jules Lefebvre – André-Grasset College – Montreal, Que. (PGS)
Olivier Vachon – CEGEP François-Xavier-Garneau – Quebec City, Que. (PGS)

Team Leader: Patrik Gaudet (Montcalm, Que.)

Legend: Parallel Giant Slalom (PGS)

COMPETITION SCHEDULE:

Alpine Skiing: Feb. 4-14
Snowboarding: Feb. 4-14

CANADA’S UNIVERSIADE MEDALS IN ALPINE SKIING (2-0-0):

1991 (Sapporo, Japan): Josée Lacasse – slalom (gold)
1972 (Lake Placid, USA): Lisa Richardson – downhill (gold)

CANADA’S UNIVERSIADE MEDALS IN SNOWBOARDING (1-2-0):

2007 (Turin, Italy): Brendan Davis – halfpipe (silver)
2005 (Innsbruck-Seefeld, Austria): Brendan Davis – halfpipe (gold)
1999 (Poprad-Tatry, Slovakia): Mitch Baker – giant slalom (silver)

About the Winter Universiade

The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.

The Granada Universiade will feature nine compulsory sports and one optional sport. Compulsory sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, nordic skiing, short track speed skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, snowboarding. Optional sport: freestyle skiing.

NOTE: Biathlon and nordic skiing will take place in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia from January 24 to February 1, prior to the start of the Games in Granada.
Official website: www.granada2015.org

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

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