A veteran lineup of Canadian bobsleigh and skeleton athletes will head into the critical 2017-18 season on a mission for medals, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton announced on Wednesday while officially naming its World Cup Teams in the heart of Toronto.
With just 100 days remaining until the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the governing body for the two sliding sports in Canada named six athletes to the World Cup Skeleton Team and 17 athletes to the World Cup Bobsleigh Team. Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton also announced five additional athletes, who make up the NextGen Bobsleigh Team, will also start the season in Lake Placid, NY for the first World Cup race of the Olympic year, November 4-5.
Of the 28 athletes representing Canada in the two sports, two have combined for four Olympic medals – Kaillie Humphries and Lascelles Brown – five have World Championship medals, while 18 have reached the World Cup podium throughout their careers.
“Our teams goals are completely clear – to win medals. We have not wavered from this goal throughout the Olympic quadrennial. This is a hungry team of athletes who know they can win when it matters most,” said Chris Le Bihan, high-performance director, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, who officially named the World Cup teams during a two-day community outreach initiative in Toronto which included a corporate push challenge in Nathan Phillips Square on Wednesday to determine the fastest executive on Bay Street.
“We have one of the deepest pool of athletes this program has witnessed over the last three quadrennials – who all know what it takes to win. Led by a group of veterans who have delivered on under the most intense pressure, these two teams will push each other, and be pushed by our development level athletes, over the next four months with the ultimate goal of standing on the Olympic podium and contributing to Canada’s medal count in Pyeongchang.”