The best biathletes on the planet are returning to Canmore for the first time in more than two decades, and one local Olympian is hoping to capitalize on her home course advantage. 

The Rocky Mountain town is hosting a series of World Cup races at the Nordic Centre from Feb. 1 to 7.

"It's pretty incredible to be able to come home, and cook my own food, and take my dog for a walk, and say hi to my parents," said Rosanna Crawford, two-time Canadian Olympian. 

"I feel pretty lucky that I get to race it up on World Cup," she told CBC's The Homestretch.

'A huge success' for Canmore

"These races are where dreams are going to be born," said Crawford, who has represented Canada at both the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

"Just having the race in Canmore is a huge success for our community and for our sport," she said.

Crawford's own Olympic dream sparked while watching older sister Chandra win Olympic gold in cross-country skiing at Turin in 2006.

"All I can hope is that maybe we'll be able to create some new Olympic champions out there who are watching us race."