A handful of Olympic veterans might be joined by a bunch of growth athletes seeking to make their mark when Canada’s newly-named Nationwide Skeleton Program will get again on the worldwide observe early subsequent yr.
Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton named 14 athletes to its 2020-21 program on Wednesday.
The staff might be led by Olympians together with Jane Channell, Elisabeth Maier, Kevin Boyer and Dave Greszczyszyn. In the meantime, Mirela Rahneva is recovering from an damage.
Channell and Maier have each completed third within the Total World Cup standings all through their careers. Maier rejoins the nationwide staff after a one-year maternity go away.
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Channell says that security protocol is at prime of thoughts because the staff prepares to return to the worldwide stage.
“COVID-19 has compelled everybody to stay in a excessive alert, fluid state. It is exhausting however is important as a way to hold the larger image in thoughts,” stated Channell in a press launch from Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton.
“The issues we took with no consideration, like our well being, is now on the forefront with determination making. Can we journey and compete or keep at residence and prepare?
“Whereas it will be good to have our observe in Calgary operating, Canada is lucky sufficient to have a house observe in Whistler which has opened its doorways to us, permitting us to coach and slide on world-class ice.”
Based on high-performance director Chris Le Bihan, Canada will area two males’s and two ladies’s sleds in every World Cup race.
“It is a proficient group of athletes who’re targeted on profitable medals internationally,” stated Le Bihan.
“Led by our Olympic veterans, this group has confirmed they’ll compete with the world’s finest. Our focus this yr might be on the world championships offering it’s secure to journey following the vacation break, and placing the ending touches on our 2020-21 preparations for the vital Olympic yr.”
Whereas journey particulars should not but confirmed, the Nationwide Skeleton Program plans to area Canadian athletes for worldwide competitions — each in Europe and the USA — following the vacation break offering it’s secure to take action.