Quebec Olympians worth watching in Sochi 2014

Quebec Olympians worth watching in Sochi 2014

Quebec has eight athletes worth watching in the Sochi Olympic Games that are less than 100 days away.

Erik Guay: Alpine skiing.

After a knee injury that took him out of competition for the summer Erik should be back in top shape for the Olympics. He will start training in Colorado this week and will be competing at Lake Louise for the world cup, if his knee holds up, at the end of November. He definitely wants a podium spot next in February.

Eric finished 5th in downhill and super-G in Vancouver.

Dominique Maltais: Snow surfing

Petite-Riviere born Dominique has won six podiums this year alone out of seven starts and is on her way to winning the Crystal Globe trophy for best performance all year. She is presently classed in 13th place for Sochi blaming the last results on weather conditions and a new snowboard which she is still getting used to.

Due to a fall, Dominique finished in 20th place in Vancouver.

Mikaël Kingsbury: Acrobatic skiing.

Mikaël comes from Lake of Two Mountains (Deux Montagnes) west of Montreal and has won 30 podium spots on his last forty one starts;16 of them placing first. He is only 21 years old, so expect to see Mikaël around for a long time. He did not compete in Vancouver but is already qualified for Sochi. Watch out for this guy!

Alexandre Bilodeau: Acrobatic skiing.

Probably Canada’s most favorite winter Olympicathlete, Alexandre is in top shape and ready to win gold in Sochi, just like he did in Vancouver. After taking a year off after Vancouver he has been back skiing on the World cup competitions and was not happy with his singles second place finish in Voss. Alexandre is highly competitive and is aiming for nothing less than Gold in Sochi where he is already qualified and raring to go.

Alex Harvey: Cross Country skiing.

Alex is Quebec City’s favorite skier, carrying on from his father’s legacy. Having won a bronze medal in Val di Fiemme, a first for a Canadian, he is already qualified for Sochi and is in perfect physical condition performing well in the World Cup series. He’s ready for February and is looking for another podium.

Alex did well in Vancouver finishing 4th in the team sprint and 7th in the 10km relay.

Marie-Philip Poulin: Women’s Hockey

Marie-Philip was the women’s hockey player who brought the USA to its knees when she scored the two goals for Canada shutting out the US 2-0 in Vancouver. Hailing from Beauceville, just south of Quebec City, Marie-Philip had the local stadium renamed in her honour after the games in Vancouver and she’s only 21 years old.

She presently plays for the Boston Terriers, and although she has an ankle injury which she is nursing, she expects and hopes to be chosen for the Canadian team which will be announced in December.

The team obviously won gold in Vancouver.

Charles Hamelin: Short track Speed Skating.

Charles won eight competitions out of eight this year in pre Sochi competitions. In the World Cup scene so far this year he has won the 500m, and 1000m in Shanghai, the 1500 in Seoul and the 1500 relay for Canada. In Vancouver he won the 500m, solo and in relay and finished fourth in the 1000m.

He is already qualified for Sochi.

Kaya Turski: Acrobatic skiing. (Slopestyle)

From Montreal, Kaya is hoping to find a spot on the podium in Sochi. Slopestyle is new to the Olympic games in 2014 and since Kaya is already at the head of the class in Canada he is automatically registered for the Olympics. He tore a ligament earlier in the year but it is healing well and expects to come home with Gold from Sochi. The test will be his performance in Gstaad, Switzerland in January when he hits the slopes for the first time since his injury.

 He is already qualified for the games in 2014.
……………………………………………………… Staff Writer

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