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Margetts focused on making Canadian Olympic half-pipe team

Matt Margetts is focused on the 2014 Sochi Olympics.   - Stephen Horton photo
Matt Margetts is focused on the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
— image credit: Stephen Horton photo

Matt Margetts, a half-pipe skier, originally from Penticton, has his eyes set on competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Entering his third season with the national team, Margetts has trained hard to be at his best to reach his goal.

On Jan. 24, he wants to see his name among those selected for the Olympics.

In order to accomplish that, Margetts said he needs to reach the podium at one of his four or five events. The worst-case scenario is advancing should none of his teammates make it to the podium.

His motivation for the season is simple.

“I want to win something. The Olympics is the biggest,” said Margetts, who placed second during the 2011 European Open and 11th during a world championship event in Oslo-Tryvann, Norway, in 2013.

Putting Margetts on the right track for success are coaches Trennon Paynter and Marc McDonell. Margetts said working with them has been phenomenal.

Off the course, Margetts, who in 2011 appeared on the cover of SBC Skier and Freeskier magazines, also works hard with a fundraising campaign called Pursuit.

It’s an online crowd funding initiative to support Canadian athletes.

By clicking the link above, supporters can view his video and choose to donate. Margetts has various give backs to thank his supporters, including a signed poster of himself. (*The video is also viewable below.)

While Margetts no longer lives in Penticton, the Vancouver resident hopes his hometown will support him.

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VIDEO: Matt Margetts' fundraising campaign on Pursuit

matt margetts pursuit campaign 1280x720 from Pursuit on Vimeo.

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