Canada is sending 30 BC athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, but a select few of them are a little closer to our hearts.
Here are our Vancouver Island Olympians to watch:
1. Teal Harle, Campbell River: Freestyle Skiing
Teale has been skiing since the age of six. Now, at the age of 21, he will be competing at his first Olympic Games. He grew up skiing at Mount Washington, and recently won two gold medals at the Canadian Championships in the Slopestyle Event.
2. Cassie Sharpe, Comox: Freestyle Skiing
At 25 years old, Cassie is ready to take on her first Olympic Games. She grew up learning to ski on Mount Washington before moving to Whistler to train full time. Cassie is a FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships Silver medalist.
3. Carle Brenneman, Comox: Snowboard Cross
A five-time national team member, this will be Carle’s first Olympic Games and will be looking to get on the podium. Carle is 28 years old, and the Comox native now lives in North Vancouver.
4. Spencer O’Brein, Courtenay: Snowboard Slopestyle
Born in Alert Bay just off the main island, Spencer grew up on Courtenay and learned her craft on Mount Washington. She was an Olympic Finalist in the 2014 Sochi Games, took home an X Games gold medal in 2016, and placed 2nd in Slopestyle in the FIS World Cup in Czech Republic in 2017. She’ll definitely be a contender for a spot on the podium in Pyeongchang.
Shout out to Mount Washington for giving these athletes a place to start their journey to the Olympic dream. Vancouver Island is certainly more than surf, craft beer, and summer hikes!
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