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Olympics hit and miss for Penticton skiers
Andi Naude’s Olympic dreams will have to wait.
The Penticton resident and alumni of the Apex Freestyle Club wasn’t selected to the 26-person roster for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, which is made up of five disciplines.
“For sure it’s tough,” said Naude, who was preparing to return home for a break until March.
“Not making the team has made me more determined to improve my skiing and myself as a person.”
Naude, 18, placed 13th in the final round in the World Cup event at Saint-Come, Que., on Sunday, causing her to miss out on her Olympic debut.
“I had a good qualification run, but then finals I sort of didn’t put down the run that I thought I should have put down,” she said, adding that it’s OK and she will learn.
Keeping the Pentictonite in good spirits was the support of her father. Naude said it helped having him around.
“He talked me through it,” said Naude, who was the next female in line to make the team.
“It’s not the end of the world for sure.”
Naude received the news Sunday night and was upset, but she is also happy for her teammates.
“I know that they deserve it.
“They work really hard. They will do a great job.”
The women’s mogul team consists of sisters Chloé, Justine and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, Que., and Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City.
Penticton will be represented in the Sochi Olympics next month as Matt Margetts was selected for half pipe skiing. Margetts is in his third season with the national team.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey over the years,” Margetts wrote on Twitter.
Margetts has been unavailable for comment.