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Meet the rest of the North Shore Olympians
North Vancouver native and two-time Olympian Manuel Osborne-Paradis will take to the slopes in Sochi next month.
Osborne-Paradis had this to say after being named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic team on Jan. 8:
“Any time you have the opportunity to represent your country it’s a great honour and privilege,” said Osborne-Paradis in a press release. “It’s about putting all your cards on the table on the day of the race and hopefully you get some hardware.”
Osborne-Paradis, along with his alpine skiing counterparts, will be looking to end a 20-year medal drought for Canada on Olympic soil.
The results are in: North Vancouver-born figure skaters Kevin Reynolds and Liam Firus have been named to the Canadian Olympic team, after their second and third place, respectively, finishes at the national championships in Ottawa last weekend.
In November, Firus told The Outlook: “I remind myself every day of how amazing it would feel to represent our country at the largest sporting event in the world. It’s been my dream since I started skating to go to the Olympics, and now the time is finally here.”
Wheelchair curler Sonja Gaudet is the world’s most decorated wheelchair curler.
The North Van native has racked up gold medals from the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, when wheelchair curling made its debut, and from the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics where she won in front of a cheering hometown crowd filled with friends and fans
Since joining the national team in 2003, sledge hockey captain Greg Westlake has been a major force on the squad.
At the 2013 IPC World Championships, the North Van native earned five goals and three assists at the tournament as Canada won its first world crown since 2008.
Chief among Westlake’s achievements on the ice are his Paralympic Games appearances in 2006 and 2010. He was named captain of the Canadian ice sledge hockey team in October 2010.