After winning their fifth consecutive Nations Cup title as well as two Olympic medals, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association is already looking forward to next season when athletes will take part in the world championships.
This week the association announced its official team for next season, which includes their World Cup team, development team and training team. Each team corresponds with a different level of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) program embraced by Canadian sports, with the national "Group A" team in the "Train to Win" stage, the Group B development team in the "Learn to Win" stage and the Group C training team in the "Train to Compete and Learn to Win" stage.
The team is heavy with Quebec athletes, representing 25 of the 38 athletes selected for next season.
From the Sea to Sky region, the team includes Pemberton's Kristi Richards with the national moguls team, Chelsea Henitiuk with the B Group and Eddie Hicks in C Group.
The national moguls team also includes Jenn Heil, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (one of three sisters with the national program), Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau, Vincent Marquis, Pierre-Alexandre Roussea and Maxime Gingras.
The aerials team is all-male, with Warren Shouldice, Kyle Nissen and Steve Omischl returning.
Audrey Robichard and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe will join Henitiuk in the B-Group for moguls, along with Mikael Kingsbury, Philippe Marquis and Cedric Rochon. The aerials B team is Veronika Bauer, Genevieve Tougas and Sabrina Guerin for the women and Olivier Rochon, Remi Belanger and Ryan Blais for the men.
Joining Hicks in the C-Group moguls team are Justine Defour-Lapointe, Beatrice Bilodeau, Jackie Brown, Alexandra Dufresne and Kiera Leung for the women's team and Marc-Antoine Gagnon, Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh, Arnaud Laurin-Landry and Pascal-Olivier Gagne for the men.
The aerials group is Crystal Lee, Laurence Allard, Stephnaie Pratte, Travis Gerrits, Jonathan Vellner, Jean-Christophe Andre, Samuel Belanger-Dallaire, Yannick Song and Marc-Antoine Labbe-Giguere.