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Canadian ski team gears up for 2002 Olympics

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Dryland cross training has also started at the National Sports Centres in Calgary and Quebec City.

"We’ve had a lot of success with this approach to training," said Sparovec, referring to the 12 World Cup podium obtained by Canadian skiers since the program started in 1999. "With the program we have in place the athletes will be getting the sport-specific attention they need, and in a team-oriented atmosphere."

The official athlete training groups – who gets in and where – were announced on May 17. The actual national team won’t be announced until November. The Canadian Olympic Association will announce Canada’s Olympic Team on Jan. 11, 2002.

"The selection of this group reflects our focus on athlete-performance delivery in Salt Lake City at the Olympic Games next February," said Sparovec. We are putting more money into less athletes in order to ensure that Canada is fielding the most competitive and well rounded team in Salt Lake City. The resources of Alpine Canada are directed at obtaining this Olympic success."

The list of athletes selected to train with the national team this summer is identical to last winter’s senior team. On the women’s side it includes:

Emily Brydon, 20, of Fernie, B.C.

Sara-Maude Boucher, 22, of St-Denis de Brompton, QC

Allison Forsyth, 22, of Nanaimo, B.C.

Britt Janyk, 21, of Whistler, B.C.

Julie Langevin, 20, of Mont Tremblant, QC

Anne-Marie Lefrancois, 24, of Charlesbourg, QC

Megan Mullen, 21, of Banff, AB

Anna Prchal, 21, of Outremont, QC

Genevieve Simard, 20, Val Morin, QC

Melanie Turgeon, 24, of Beauport, QC

The men’s list includes:

David Anderson, 21, Rossland, B.C.

Julien Cousineau, 20, Lachute, QC

Cameron Culbert, 24, North Bay, ON

Jeff Durand, 25, Calgary, AB

Mike Giannelli, 23, Burnaby, B.C.

Thomas Grandi, 29, Banff, AB

Erik Guay, 21, Mont Tremblant, QC

Jan Hudec, 20, Banff, AB

Jeff Hume, 21, Whistler, B.C.

Vincent Lavoie, 24, Cap Rouge, QC

Darin McBeath, 24, Calgary, AB

Chad Mullen, 27, Banff, AB

Ryan Oughtred, 25, Kelowna, B.C.

Stefan Overgaard, 22, Toronto, ON

Edi Podivinski, 31, Toronto, ON

Jean-Philippe Roy, 22, Ste-Flavie, QC

Luke Sauder, 29, Cambridge, ON

Ryan Semple, 20, Mont Tremblant, QC

Kevin Wert, 26, Rossland, B.C.

Turgeon, who is coming off the best World Cup season of her career with three podiums and seven top-10 finishes, will train in Quebec with Lefrancois and Boucher.

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