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Canadian competitors announced for World Cup



Although the team of Canadian athletes taking part in the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup events this weekend shrunk with the cancellation of the snowboard cross and big air events, it’s still an impressive list.

More than 200 of the top snowboard athletes from more than 20 nations will be in Whistler this weekend to compete, but the Canadians have history and the hometown crowd on their side.

Last season, Whistler held back-to-back World Cup halfpipe events because a halfpipe that was scheduled for the following weekend at Mont-Sainte-Anne Quebec was cancelled due to a lack of snow.

In the first halfpipe event, Guillaume Morisset came third in the men’s competition, and three others, David Melancon, Mike Michalchuk and Daniel Migneault finished in the top 10. In the women’s competition, Natasza Zurek took the silver medal, and Maelle Ricker and Lori Glazier finished fifth and eighth respectively.

In the second halfpipe, the Canadian men pulled off their first ever podium sweep led by Migneault, Morisset and Michalchuk. David Melancon was eighth.

In the women’s event, Dominique Vallee finished in second place, Ricker finished fifth, and Whistler World Cup rookie Mercedes Nicoll was 10th.

All in all, the Canadians finished with six out of 12 halfpipe medals.

In the parallel giant slalom, Jasey-Jay Anderson would have taken the gold medal but crashed in the final heat to win the silver medal.

Anderson will be back again this year, and has a bit of momentum after winning the bronze in the parallel giant slalom in Sweden last weekend, as well as finishing seventh in the parallel slalom.

All of the healthy members of the national team and development team will be in Whistler this weekend, where they will be joined by top locals that have earned the right to compete. A total of 13 Whistler-based athletes are on the list.

The Canadian team, as of Dec. 10, includes:

Men’s Halfpipe

Brett Carpentier, 32, of Tremblant, Quebec

Guillaume Morisset, 27, of Stoneham, Quebec

Mike Michalchuk, 25, of Pemberton

Neil Connolly of Collingwood, Ontario

Hugo Lemay, 20, of Beauport, Quebec

Crispin Lipscomb, 23, of Whistler

David Melancon, 26, of Whistler

Jessie Kumlea, 24, of Whistler

Adam Baldick, 17, of Calgary

Dan Raymond, 26, of Whistler

David Schettini, 19, of Kamloops

Parker Ferguson, 18, of Uxbridge, Ontario

Ben Wainwright, 30, of Whistler

Daniel Migneault, 24, of Baie-Comeau, Quebec

Women’s Halfpipe

Lori Glazier, 31, of Whistler

Dominique Vallee, 23, of Whistler

Maelle Ricker, 24, of Vancouver

Mercedes Nicoll, 19, of Whistler

Sarah Conrad, 17, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Helen Schettini, 18, of Kamloops

Sarah Kopinya, 16, of Whistler

Isabelle Piche, 22, of Buckingham, Quebec

Jaclyn Anderson, 17, of Calgary

Natalie Sawyer, 18

Stacey Burke, 27, of Whistler

Kristi Yzerman, 31, of Whistler

Men’s Parallel Slalom

Jasey-Jay Anderson, 27, of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

Jerome Sylvestre, 23, of Bromont, Quebec

Francois Boivin, 20, of Jonquiere, Quebec

Mike Kwiatkowski, 24, of Vancouver

Mark Fawcett, 30, of New Brunswick

Ian Hadgkiss, 29, of Whistler

Matt Horne, 24, of Burlington, Ontario

Andrew Watts, 25, of Calgary

Adam McLeish, 23

Women’s Parallel Slalom

Alexa Loo, 30, of Whistler

Helene Cloutier, 23, of St Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec

Aimee Newton, 23, of Calgary

Constance Boisvert, 20, of Ste Foy, Quebec

Ekaterina Zaviolov, 18, of Calgary

Victoria Kravec, 20, of Calgary

Kimiko Zakreski, 19, of Calgary