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Olympic hopefuls

After four years of speculation and suspense, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky finally released the names of Team Canada for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. All the hockey pundits out there, some 30 million of us, would agree that it’s a doozy – power and speed, youth and experience, the whole package. You can argue that one player or another should have made the team, but overall everybody’s happy.

Although we are still smarting as a nation after the last overtime shootout against the Czech Republic (in which we all agree that Gretzky should have taken the last shot instead of Lindros) we are ready to believe again.

But while men’s hockey hogs the Olympic spotlight, there are dozens of other sports where Canada is a surefire medal contender, from speed skating to curling to freestyle skiing to alpine skiing to bobsled to women’s hockey and snowboarding. All our "other" winter athletes combined probably won’t get half as much time in the spotlight as our hockey team, and it’s a shame – we may take pride in their medals after the fact, but on the whole we don’t pay any notice to the long roads they took to get there.

It’s time to scout out the rest of our medal hopefuls in and their prospects at the 29 th Winter Games.

www.canski.org

This is the official Web site of Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA), the governing body for high performance alpine ski racing in the country. There are news items from races, news items from the organization, bios of members of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team (CAST for short) and national development teams, and event calendars and previews. Some 10 Canadian Alpine skiers have already qualified for the Olympics, and a handful of others – including Whistler’s Britt Janyk – are very close.

www.freestyleski.com

While they may not get the attention they deserve year in and year out, our freestyle athletes are poised once again to land on the podium. We have traditionally had one of the most successful programs in the world, producing world champions and contenders by the gondola load. This year’s team should include all of our top veterans, such as former Olympic gold medalist Jean-Luc Brassard and four-time world champion Nicolas Fontaine, but also a wealth of up and coming talent.

The range of content is similar to what’s available on the ACA site.

www.csf.ca

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