British Columbia Athletes at Sochi

 
The opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games in Sochi, Russia are set for tomorrow and with a solid Team Canada representation, we thought we’d profile a few of British Columbia’s top local athletes. With a great group of athletes competing for Team Canada at this year’s games, the national team is packed with unbelievable talent and athleticism. From figure skating to curling, speed skating to biathlon, a large portion of Team Canada hails from British Columbia and the Vancouver metro area. Here are 6 local athletes to watch as the Games begin.
 

Caleb Brosseau, Para-alpine Ski

Competing in his first Games, sit-skier Caleb Brosseau comes from Terrace, BC but now currently resides in Whistler. Now aged 25, Caleb joined the Canadian  Para-Alpine team in 2011 and has recorded numerous top 10 finishes at the IPC World Cup and World championships. Injured in a snowboarding accident in 2007, Brosseau is a future star of the Canadian team to watch at the Sochi games.

source: paralympic.ca

source: paralympic.ca

Kevin Reynolds, Men’s Singles Figure Skating

Born in North Vancouver, 23 year old Kevin Reynolds has emerged as a talented figure skater both nationally and internationally in the last couple of years. His most recent success involves a gold medal at the ISU Four Continents Championships in 2013. Reynolds has been skating since age 4 and holds a number of notable international and national results.
 

source: olympic.ca

source: olympic.ca

Sonja Gaudet, Wheelchair Curling

The most-decorated wheelchair curler, Sonja Gaudet originally a North Vancouver native now resides in Vernon, BC. Gaudet has competed in the 2006 Torino Paralympic Games as well as the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games and Sochi will be her third. A veteran in the sport of wheel chair curling, she won a gold medal at the 2006, was a gold medalist at the 2013 Wheelchair Curling championships and won gold at the Vancouver games as well.

Source: paralympic.ca

Source: paralympic.ca

 

Kimberly McRae, Luge

Just 21 years old,  Kimberly McRae claims her favorite luge course is right here at Whistler. The Victoria, BC native now lives in Calgary and fell in love with the sport of luge at age 11. One of McRae’s greatest achievement to date is a silver medal at the 2011 America-Pacific Championships.
 

Source: olympic.ca

Source: olympic.ca

Elli Terwiel, Alpine Skiing

From nearby New Westminster, BC, Elli Terwiel will be competing in her first Winter Olympics and her first large, global scale competition. This 24 year-old alpine skiier competes in slalom and giant slalom and currently lives and trains in Sun Peaks, BC.

Source: alpinecanada.org

Source: alpinecanada.org

Shea Weber, Men’s Hockey

A member of the Gold-medal winning men’s hockey team at the 2010 Olympics here in Vancouver, Shea Weber, aged 28, has also been a world champion and world junior champion. Weber is originally from Salmon Arm, BC and will add some very strong defence to Team Canada men’s hockey.

source: olympic.ca

source: olympic.ca

 
 
 
Also for reference, here is a full list of Team Canada athletes from BC who are competing in the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic games in Sochi.

  • Jamie Benn, 24, Men’s Ice Hockey – Victoria, B.C.
  • Justin Dorey, 25, Halfpipe Skiing – Vernon, B.C.
  • Rob Fagan, 37, Snowboard Cross – Cranbrook, B.C.
  • Liam Firus, 21, Men’s Singles Figure Skating – North Vancouver, B.C.
  • Dan Hamhuis, 31, Men’s Ice Hockey – Smithers, B.C.
  • Megan Heinicke (Tandy), 25, Biathlon – Prince George, B.C.
  • Jessica Hewitt, 27, Short Track Speed Skating – Langley, B.C.
  • Kevin Hill, 27, Snowboard Cross – Chilliwack, B.C.
  • Michael Janyk, 31, Alpine Downhill Skiing – North Vancouver, B.C.
  • Duncan Keith, 30, Men’s Ice Hockey – Penticton, B.C.
  • Justin Kripps, 27, Bobsleigh – Summerland, B.C.
  • Crispin Lipscomb, 34, Snowboard Halfpipe – Whistler, B.C.
  • Matt Margetts, 26, Freestyle Skiing – Victoria, B.C.
  • Kimberley McRae, 21, Luge – Victoria, B.C.
  • Denny Morrison, 28, Speed Skating – Chetwynd, B.C.
  • Eric Neilson, 33, Skeleton – Kelowna, B.C.
  • Mercedes Nicoll, 30, Snowboard Halfpipe – North Vancouver, B.C.
  • Spencer O’Brien, 25, Snowboard Slopestyle – Alert Bay, B.C.
  • Manuel Osborne-Paradis, 29, Alpine Downhill Skiing – North Vancouver, B.C.
  • Carey Price, 26, Men’s Ice Hockey – Vancouver, B.C.
  • Morgan Pridy, 23, Alpine Downhill Skiing – Vancouver, B.C.
  • Kevin Reynolds, 23, Men’s Singles Figure Skating – North Vancouver, B.C.
  • Maelle Ricker, 35, Snowboard Cross – North Vancouver, B.C.
  • Kelsey Serwa, 24, Ski Cross – Kelowna, B.C.
  • Georgia Simmerling, 24, Alpine Downhill Skiing – Vancouver, B.C.
  • Elli Terwiel, 24, Alpine Downhill Skiing – New Westminster, B.C.
  • Marielle Thompson, 21, Ski Cross – North Vancouver, B.C.
  • Ben Thomsen, 26, Alpine Downhill Skiing – Invermere, B.C.
  • Yuki Tsubota, 19, Ski Slopestyle – Vancouver, B.C.
  • Shea Weber, 28, Men’s Ice Hockey – Salmon Arm, B.C.
  • Caleb Brosseau, 25, Para-alpine skiing, sitskier – Terrace, BC
  • Josh Dueck, 33, Para-alpine skiing, sit- skier – Kimberley, BC
  • Matt Hallat,29, Para-alpine skiing, stand-skier – Vancouver, BC
  • Braydon Luscombe,21,Para-alpine skiing, stand-skier – Victoria, BC
  • Gregory Westlake,27,Ice Sledge Hockey – North Vancouver, BC
  • Sonja Gaudet,47, Wheelchair Curling – North Vancouver, BC
  • James Gemmel,33, Sledge Hockey – 100 Mile House, BC
  • Ina Forrest,51, Wheelchair Curling – Fort St. John, BC
  • Jim Armstrong,53, Curling – Victoria BC