Vancouver's Osborne-Paradis, Canadian cowboys named to Olympic ski team

A cowboy's work is never done.

Vancouver's Manny Osborne-Paradise and the rest of the so-nicknamed 'Canadian Cowboys' – the group from 2010 that includes Calgary's Jan Hudec and Mont Tremblant's Erik Guay – were named to the country's Olympic Alpine ski team on Wednesday.

The trio will be in Sochi, Russia in February for the 2014 Winter Games. They had already qualified for the Games, but were officially unveiled as Olympians with a ceremony in Toronto this morning.

"I'm getting pretty good at going to the Olympics, so I'd like to get better at getting a medal," Osborne-Paradise said, post-announcement (

Canada's Alpine team has failed to win a medal in 20 years at the Olympics.

Now 30, Osborne-Paradise raced for Canada at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy and the 2010 Games in Vancouver. He finished 20th and 13th in Turin's Super-G and downhill, respectively, and 17th in Vancouver's downhill.

He also suffered a serious injury in 2011, tearing ligaments and breaking his left leg in a crash. The Olympian was comeback strong, finishing 4th in a recent downhill event in Colorado.

"That's the feeling I need, where you're reacting to your mistakes and you're just letting the skis run down the hill," he told the CBC on Wednesday.

"Skiing pretty has never been a fast way of skiing."

And there's a quote a cowboy could endorse.

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