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Alex Harvey leads Canada's Olympic cross-country ski team

Cross-country skiing star Alex Harvey headlines Canada's 11-member Olympic team heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada last reached a cross-country podium at the Winter Games in 2006.

11-member team looking for 1st medal since 2006 Games

Canada's Alex Harvey leads Canada's contingent of cross-country skiers into the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA)

Cross-country skiing star Alex Harvey headlines Canada's 11-member Olympic team heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Cross Country Canada announced on Monday.

The Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que., native will compete in the four individual distances (sprint, 15-kilometre, 30-km and 50-km) and two team events (sprint and relay) and is riding several strong seasons of international competition following a disappointing Sochi Olympics.

"I'm reaching my peak," Harvey told the Canadian Press. "I feel like all the years of training are really paying off."

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Seven men and four women will represent Canada at the Games, with an aim to add to the country's three Olympic medals in the sport. Canada last reached a cross-country podium at the Winter Games in 2006.

"This is a team that has evolved from a group of talented athletes excited to be on the start line into a group of determined high-performers focused, and confident, in their ability to achieve international podium results," Cross Country Canada high-performance director Tom Holland said in a press release.

"We are in the podium hunt, and will continue to push towards getting Canada back on the Olympic podium at the Nordic venue."

Here is Canada's full cross-country roster for the upcoming Games:

  • Dahria Beatty (Whitehorse)
  • Cendrine Browne (Saint-Jérôme, Que.)
  • Jesse Cockney (Yellowknife) 
  • Anne-Marie Comeau (Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que.)
  • Alex Harvey (Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que.)
  • Knute Johnsgaard (Whitehorse)
  • Russell Kennedy (Canmore, Alta.)
  • Devon Kershaw (Sudbury, Ont.)
  • Graeme Killick (Fort McMurray, Alta.)
  • Emily Nishikawa (Whitehorse)
  • Lenny Valjas (Toronto)

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