Canada’s snow athletes now
know exactly what to shoot for next season if they want to compete in the 2010
Olympic Winter Games, with the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) releasing
their qualifying criteria this week.
In alpine skiing, FIS capped
the athlete quota at 320, with a maximum of 22 athletes per nation. Each team
can have a maximum of 14 males or females on the team, and a maximum of four
athletes per event.
The number of quota spots
available to each national Olympic committee (NOC) is decided by one formula
for Jan. 18, 2010, while athletes can meet the criteria from July 2008 to Jan.
As the host nation, Canada is
eligible to enter at least one athlete in each event, providing the athlete has
been entered as part of the 22-athlete national quota.
For cross country, the number
of athletes allowed is 310 with a maximum of 20 per NOC and a maximum of 12
males or 12 females per team. The format allows for up to four athletes in each
of the individual events, and one team in the relay events.
Athletes who have a maximum
of 100 FIS points can compete in the distance or sprint events, while athletes
with a maximum of 120 sprint event points can only compete in Olympic sprint
Canada is again allowed to
enter one competitor into each event that meets the minimum qualification, and
that person is counted as a member of the 20 member national team.
Quota spots per nation will
be confirmed by Jan. 22, 2010, while athletes will have from July 2008 to Jan.
25, 2010 to meet FIS criteria to compete.
For ski jumping there is a
maximum of 70 quota spots, and five athletes per NOC. Each nation can field a
maximum of four athletes in any individual event, and one team of four in the
large hill team competition.
As of yet, female ski jumping
has not been included on the schedule for 2010, despite heavy international
lobbying on behalf of the sport by Canada and other nations.
The quota spots will be
determined by the World Ranking List and Continental Cup standings from the
2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons.
Quotas will be calculated by
Jan. 18, 2010, and competitors can meet FIS standards from July of 2008 until
Jan. 25, 2010.
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