Canadian Alpine Skiing Team Trains in Chile

25 Aug 2009 By IPC

As the snow piles high in South America’s Chile, the Canadian Alpine Skiing Team has found a home to train in for the upcoming IPC World Cup season and the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

The training camp is two weeks in total, and has 13 athletes participating. The Alpine Skiing events that are being focussed upon in Chile include Downhill and Super G, both of which will be in the aforementioned competitions.

Kimberly Joines of Rossland, British Columbia, who won a bronze medal at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, is one of the athletes at the camp Valle Nevado. She said that it was great to be back on snow, and that Valle Nevado is one of the most amazing destinations at which she has ever had the opportunity to train.

Joines also said that the snow and terrain up at 3000m is incredible and the team is doing everything possible to adjust to the altitude quickly.

Head coach Jean-Sébastien Labrie said the team is training for the Super-G and Downhill events with the goal of being the best prepared for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

Canada’s Alpine Skiing Team finished first overall in the last IPC World Cup season.