Athletes and The Olympics explores what Canadian Olympic hopefuls think of the Olympics and how they are preparing for it. In Part 1 we asked, "What do the Olympics mean to you and what would it mean to you to be able to compete at the Olympics?" For Part 2, we ask our athletes:
"Is making the Olympic team your top goal for the 2017/2018 season?"
Here's what our athletes had to say:
"I’ve been involved in biathlon for 18 years and the Olympics has been my goal for every one of them! This year will most likely be my final year of competing as a full-time athlete so it would be a real feather in my cap to have that dream come true. That being said, I’ll accept the result either way as I don’t control all the factors. In regards to everything I do control, I have made a full commitment to do my very best. Ultimately though, I focus on the process and improving myself. If I’ve learned one thing it is that variance happens and you strive to focus on the process and achieving consistency. That gives you the best opportunity to really shine."
"The Olympics are my number 1 goal for this season which means my first priority is racing fast at the start of the season. I want to get World Cup starts and lock in a qualifying spot. Qualifying for the Olympics is my number 1 focus but once that’s out of the way my main focus will be performing in the Olympic races."
"Making the Olympic team and racing at the Olympic games are my top goals for the coming season. It has been a long journey over many years and I want to give it my best shot. Each training session is done with purpose! When the selection races come in January, I know I will have trained my best to be ready!"
"Making the Olympic team is one of my two main goals for this season. I believe I have a good chance to qualify for the final spot on the team and am always a person who would try to achieve the biggest goals possible. My other goal for this year on top of qualifying for the Olympics is to bridge the gap between the top skiers in the world and myself."
"Making the Olympics is one if my main objectives this year, the other is to make the National Team. If I make Olympics I will most likely make the National Team, but if I don't make the Olympic Team I will need to prove myself on the North American circuit and have some good results in Europe."
"Although I have many goals for this season my main focus is to compete at the Olympics. Canada hasn't had a Nordic Combined athlete at the Olympics since Torino 2006 so it would be a huge accomplishment to be able to compete for Canada."
"The Olympics has always been my dream and this is my last shot to do it. It is definitely my biggest goal for the upcoming season."