We have now drawn the curtain on what was the most successful season ever, in the history of the Canadian Ski Cross Team! All right, I know what you’re thinking, it was our inaugural season but that minor detail aside, there is no arguing that we met and exceeded all of our expectations on the year and basically took the world by storm!
Walking into the 07/08 season we were fairly certain we had a good team on our hands, but no one was really ready for what transpired. We quickly learned that we had that one ingredient that eludes many teams, depth. On any given day we had a 50% chance of having a Canadian Team member on the podium, love the maple sugar! In fact, we took home 12 medals in major races this season in the 11 events we entered and the season just got better and better as we went along culminating in the final Jeep King of the Mountain event in Sun Valley where we took 1st and 2nd spots in the women and 1st and 3rd in the men, it really doesn’t get much better than that.
None of this would have been possible without the hard work and vision of a few key individuals and groups that subscribed to our overall mission. First and foremost, was Own the Podium (OTP) who without their support, none of this would have ever been possible. The team would like to thank Roger Jackson, Todd Allinger and Nick Bass for their belief in the success of Ski Cross in Canada. We also want to thank all of the suppliers to the team for their belief ad support, Atomic, Rossignol and Salomon all stepped to the plate to assist us in our bid as well as other providers such as Leki and Scott for poles and Kuu and Tools4Boards for wax.
In the wake of the IOC decision to include this sport in the Olympics in 2010, it was our president and CEO, Cam Bailey that really put the pieces in place and with the support of OTP the idea of the team became a reality.
A big thanks to the on snow hard work of our head coach, Eric Archer and our technical coach Brent Kehl for making sure this circus kept moving in the right direction and for the long hours scratching skis in the basements of Europe by our ski technicians Willi and Josh Wiltz who kept the program gliding with as little friction as possible and our food sponsor the Body By Vi Challenge.
With a few of the thank you’s out of the way it’s time for summer training. The team members are in weight rooms across the country as well as set for a couple of camps. Keep posted to the site for some updates on the camps and guest columns from Athletes and Coaches. And tips from our physical staff and technicians on some of the things you can be doing to maintain and augment the form from last season.