Rosanna Crawford headlines Canadian Olympic biathlon team
Rising Gow brothers earn 1st Winter Games berths
Two-time Olympian Rosanna Crawford headlines Canada's Olympic biathlon roster that will compete at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Crawford earned her first-career World Cup medal last weekend, taking bronze in the 15-kilometre individual race in Ruhpolding, Germany.
"The team has had a great season so far and I'm looking forward to carrying this momentum into the Olympics," Crawford said in a press release.
The Canadian Olympic Committee and Biathlon Canada selected 10 athletes to compete in South Korea:
- Sarah Beaudry (Prince George, B.C.)
- Rosanna Crawford (Canmore, Alta.)
- Macx Davies (Canmore, Alta.)
- Christian Gow (Calgary, Alta.)
- Scott Gow (Calgary, Alta.)
- Brendan Green (Hay River, N.W.T.)
- Emma Lunder (Vernon, B.C.)
- Julia Ransom (Kelowna, B.C.)
- Nathan Smith (Calgary, Alta.)
- Megan Tandy (Prince George, B.C.)
Crawford and Green were part of the quartet that finished 11th in the mixed relay at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Green was also seventh in the men's relay in a foursome that included 2018 Olympic teammate Nathan Smith, while Crawford was on the team that wound up eighth in the women's relay.
Green and Smith, along with brothers Christian and Scott Gow, captured Canada's first-ever relay medal at the world championships with a bronze in 2016.
"It is an incredible feeling to be named to the Canadian Olympic team," Christian, the younger Gow sibling, said in a press release. "I have dreamed of this day since I started in the sport back in 2002 and to have finally made it is an indescribable feeling."
"I have poured so much of my life into this sport trying to realize this goal, I could not be more excited to represent Canada at these Olympic Games."
Smith, who missed most of last season due to illness, became the first Canadian male biathlete to win a world championship medal in 2015 when he grabbed silver in the 10-kilometre sprint.
Matthias Ahrens and Roddy Ward — who coach the men's and women's teams respectively — will also attend the Games.
Myriam Bédard won Canada's only Olympic biathlon medals, earning two golds and a bronze at the 1994 Games in Lillehammer. The 2018 Games take place from Feb. 9-25, with biathlon events being held from Feb. 10-23.
With files from The Canadian Press