Team Canada has officially announced who will be representing the country in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. At Sochi, Canada received three medals in the inaugural slopestyle and halfpipe competitions. Dara Howell and Kim Lamarre respectively got gold and bronze in women's slopestyle and Middle Riddle finished with silver in the men's halfpipe. The Americans swept the men's slopestyle competition, but it looks like this year Team Canada has some clear contenders to podium for slopestyle at PyeongChang.
Men's Slopestyle:Teal Harle || Evan McEachran || Alex Beaulieu-Marchand || Alex Bellemare
Out of all the freestyle teams for Canada, the men's slopestyle is by far the most stacked. Throughout the season all four of the skiers have been throwing down at the competitions with top finishes. Recently, at the penultimate Mammoth qualifier, Teal and Evan podiumed gold and bronze. At the very last qualifier (which happened to be on the same day at Mammoth) Evan finished with gold. Alex Bellemare has had multiple high ranking finishes at the qualifiers and ABM will also be back to compete after a brutal crash at Dew Tour. Team Canada definitely has a chance at multiple podiums this Olympics.
Women's Slopestyle: Dara Howell || Kim Lamarre || Yuki Tsubota
All three women on the Canadian slopestyle team competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics with great podium success. Dara Howell finished first and Kim Lamarre third at the slopestyle finals at Sochi. While none of them had podium finishes this season, if they lay down progressive and clean runs at PyeongChang they'll be contenders to medal again.
Men's Halfpipe: Mike Riddle || Noah Bowman || Simon d'Artois
Mike Riddle and Noah Bowman are both alumni of the Olympic halfpipe and have killed it in the qualifiers. Riddle finished second at Snowmass and Noah has been consistently finishing high in the ranks with a couple of podium and fourth place finishes. They both have a huge chance at medaling in PyeongChang. This is Simon d'Artois's first Olympics he will participate in and has shown he can keep up with the rest of the halfpipe skiers.
Women's Halfpipe: Cassie Sharpe || Rosalind Groenewoud
Personally, I would love to see a Canadian medal at the Olympics for the women's halfpipe and Cassie Sharp is a definite contender to do just that. She recently got first at Dew Tour with a progressive run that was way ahead of the rest of the field. Rosalind competed in the 2014 Sochi Olympics and came 7th in the women's halfpipe, but hasn't had any strong finishes this season.
Stay tuned as more countries announce their official Olympic rosters for PyeongChang.