Let the Games Begin!


February 4th, 2022

CALGARY, ALBERTA – The Olympic flame in Beijing is officially lit, and athletes are READY to go!

215 athletes and 84 coaches from 15 sports make up Team Canada. And 55% of the Canadian athletes competing in Beijing are affiliated with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary (CSI Calgary).

CSI Calgary is proud to be working with 119 affiliated athletes in alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboard, and long track speed skating.

Defending Olympic champions Justin Kripps (2-man bobsleigh), John Morris (curling mixed-doubles), Brady Leman (ski cross), and Ted Jan-Bloemen (long track speed skating: 10,000m) all call Alberta and CSI Calgary home.

In addition to celebrated champions and veterans, the Alberta contingent includes the youngest member of Team Canada in 16-year-old Brooke D’Hondt, who will make her Olympic debut in the snowboard halfpipe event.

Other medallists returning from Pyeongchang include the women’s hockey team who will be looking to ‘change the colour of the medal’ they won in 2018. Tristan Walker and Justin Snit who helped Canada to a silver medal in the luge team event will lead a young team in their fight for another podium.

Each of these athletes head to Beijing with their CSI Calgary “Team” alongside them in spirit. Nine members of our staff are also in Beijing to provide last-minute preparation support. The expert team-behind-the-athletes include physicians, physiotherapists, massage therapists, mental performance consultants, strength-and-conditioning coaches, and sport physiologists.

Everyone’s attention will certainly be on the number of medals Canada will win over the next two weeks. But we would be remiss not to mention that approximately 70% of CSI Calgary affiliated athletes in Beijing have started or completed an undergraduate degree, proving they are truly all-around athletes.

CSI Calgary would like to thank our funding partners for enabling us to deliver our wide array of leading-edge services to athletes and coaches. We are grateful for their support: Sport Canada/Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, WinSport, Government of Alberta, Coaching Association of Canada, Canadian Paralympic Committee, and the University of Calgary.

The stage is set, the athletes are ready, and we will all be proudly cheering them on in the next two weeks. GO CANADA GO!


Photo: Andrew Lahodynskyj/Canadian Olympic Committee 


About the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary

The Canadian Sport Institute Calgary provides world-class training environments in Alberta. With the support of our partners, we deliver leading sport science and medicine, coach education and life services to help Canada's high-performance athletes achieve Olympic and Paralympic podium performances. www.csicalgary.ca




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