Ontario Athletes on the CANADIAN NATIONAL SKI TEAM
At Alpine Ontario we are so proud of the following Ontario skiers now racing for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team as members and prospects:
Larisa Yurkiw – Owen Sound, ON (Georgian Peaks SC)
Larisa joined the CAST in 2005. She is a member of Georgian Peaks Ski Club and raced there before joining the national team. Larisa suffered a devastating leg injury in 2009 but is now recovered and is looking forward to competing this year. Good Luck Larisa!
Follow Larisa’s blog at http://larisayurkiw.blogspot.com/
Erin Mielzynski – Guelph, ON (Georgian Peaks Ski Club)
Erin made her World Cup debut in 2009 and represented Canada at the 2010 Olympics. Mielzynski showed she’s one to watch for the future when she finished 16th in slalom at the 2011 world championships after winning the second run of the day by almost one second. Good Luck Erin!
Follow Erin’s blog at http://www.erinmielzynski.com/
Madison Irwin – Toronto, ON (Craigleith Ski Club)
Madison joined the team in 2011. A versatile skier, Irwin has enjoyed several Nor-Am podiums including a 1st and 3rd at Vail this year! Madison comes from a family with an impressive sporting background, including a rugby-playing twin brother and another brother on the Maple Leaf’s farm team.
Follow Madison at http://www.madisonirwin.ca/
Phil Brown – Toronto, ON (Craigleith Ski Club)
Phil joined the team in 2011 and had several Nor-Am podiums and a bronze at the FIS World Junior Championships that year. Brown had his World Cup debut this year in Adelboden. Althought he also enjoys hockey, golf and water skiing, it’s clear Phil is in the right sport. When asked about his worst experience racing, he responded “I almost always have fun ski racing.”
Member of the CAST Prospect Group – Morgan will train with the OST & CAST.
On the Ontario Ski Team since: 2008
Ski Club: Craigleith
Best moment on the team?
“Day of free skiing in Val Di Fassa, Italy.”
What never fails to make you laugh?
“Scaring Charlie McConville.”
What’s the meaning of life?
“Have fun, go fast.”
Ontario Athletes on the Prospect Team for CAST
On the Ontario Ski Team since: 2007
Ski Club: Devil’s Glen Ski Club
Equipment: Rossignol boot – Leki poles – POC Helmet
Sponsor(s): Rossignol, Leki and POC
Age you started racing and where? I began skiing at Devils Glen when I was two years old and eventually started racing when I turned 6. My parents both grew up skiing; my Dad being my role model in racing ever since I began racing
Favourite place to race? Why?
If you could change anything about ski racing what would it be?
I would change the amount of injuries that happen each season from racing. I’ve been a victim of two ACL tears and surgeries and they are no fun. I wish there was a way of making the sport safer without taking away the risk factor and the fast speeds
What scares you?
Scary movies. I can’t watch them! And of course spiders.
What is something most people do not know about you?
I used to Curl! Pretty much the lamest excuse for a sport there is (no offence to anyone who plays).
On the Ontario Ski Team since: 2010
Ski Club: Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Equipment: Head skis and boots – Leki and Gabel poles – POC helmet
Age you start racing and where?
I started racing when I was 6 years old at Georgian Peaks Ski Club
Favourite place to race?
Super G race at K2 Nationals in Silverstar because it had a really steep pitch at the end and you got great speed going off it.
What do you love most about ski racing? (what motivates you to do it?)
I love the speed, the adrenaline you get while racing down the hill as fast as you can go and the feeling you get when you finish a course that just makes you want to ski it over and over again.
– Won the GS at K2 Nationals and was 3rd in the Super-G
– 14th overall at Stoneham FIS Spring Series GS behind Erin Mielzynski and other national team members.
Goals this season?
To keep improving – get stronger and faster – would like to race in a Noram and ski more downhill and super-g races
Long term goal in skiing, and as a career?
At this point i am focusing on my skiing this year and improving but I am aiming for the world circuit.
What are your hobbies, interests and other sports?
Drawing, Horseback riding and reading