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Brian McKeever will make history at the 2010 Olympic Games by becoming the first winter sport athlete to compete at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. McKeever suffers from Stargardt’s disease, a degenerative vision condition that leaves the 30-year-old Canadian with only the use of his peripheral vision. A four-time gold medalist at the 2002 and 2006 Paralympic Games, McKeever, younger brother to Robin McKeever (1998 Canadian Olympic Team), was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease at...

A year ago at the 2009 World Cup in Whistler, Madeleine Williams had her best World Cup finish on the Olympic race course in the 15K pursuit. In a race that saw seven of her Canadian teammates place in the top 30, Williams took 22nd place. Now the 26-year-old athlete from Edmonton will try to replicate a similar result this season on those same trails at the Olympic Games. Williams opened her 2009-2010 season in...

Brent McMurtry, 23, notched his best World Cup result just one week before the Olympic Games with a 19th place finish in the classic sprint in Canmore. After placing a distant 66th the previous day in the 15K freestyle race, McMurtry qualified 25th in the classic sprint and skied through the heats well enough to move up to 19th place. “It was a very encouraging day and weekend for me,” McMurtry said on his website...

In his first Olympics, Stefan Kuhn looks to build upon his already successful career, highlighted by his outstanding sprint results. At the Olympic Trials in December, Kuhn impressed with a first place finish in the classic sprint in Canmore, which should come as no surprise given his strong World Cup sprint results. Kuhn’s top World Cup result – a 15th place finish – came in 2008 in Kuusamo in the classic sprint. In 2010, Kuhn...

Veteran racer Gordon Jewett races in his first Olympics in Vancouver. Back injuries plagued Jewett for much of his early years of senior level racing, but perseverance paid off and Jewett found himself poised to qualify for his first Olympic Games after racing to his first national title in 2009 in the 50K freestyle race in March. Jewett placed fourth and was the top Canadian at the 15K freestyle race in Sovereign Lake in December...

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Four years ago in Torino, Drew Goldsack impressed with a 31st place finish in the freestyle sprint at the Games. 2007 brought a sixth place finish in the team sprint at the World Championships in Sapporo with Olympic teammate Devon Kershaw. In front of the home crowd in Canmore in 2008, Goldsack skied to a 12th place finish in the freestyle sprint, his best result in a World Cup. The 2009 season ended with a...

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At 22, Brittany Webster is the youngest member of the Canadian team, but brings a wealth of recent international junior racing experience that bodes well for her first Olympics in Vancouver. The Toronoto-native netted three top-30 results at the 2009 U23 World Championships in Praz de Lys, including a 14th place finish in the 15K pursuit, and returned to U23s in 2010 to improve upon her results with a 5th place finish in the 10K...

Dasha Gaiazova, an alternate for the 2006 Games in Torino, looks poised for promising results at her first Olympic Winter Games.  She arrives in Vancouver on the heels of two impressive 12th place results in the recent World Cups in Estonia and Canmore.  Following her three wins at the Canadian Olympic Trials in December, Gaiazova headed to Europe to test her speed against the best competition and make final preparations for the Olympic Games.   “I needed to see...