The upcoming winter Olympics in PyeongChang is an exciting event for the entire ski community, but especially for cross country skiers and biathletes. Many Rundle Sport athletes are pushing for a spot on the Olympic team, so we asked them a couple questions to get a better idea of how athletes are thinking about the Olympics. The answers to our questions will come in a multi-part series, with part 1 asking:
"What do the Olympics mean to you and what would it mean to you to be able to compete at the Olympics?"
Here's what our athletes had to say:
"The Olympics remind me of how thankful I am to be Canadian. Through no effort or investment, I was handed a winning lottery ticket just by being born in Canada. I might be biased, but I honestly think Canada is the best country in the world. To represent our country at the Olympics would be such an honour, and reinforcement of how blessed I am to be Canadian."
"I grew up feeling like the Olympics was the pinnacle sporting event, where the world came together to celebrate excellence in sport. Representing Canada this past year in several World Cups gave me pride and sense of accomplishment. Earning a spot on the Olympic team would feel like the culmination of years of work and would inspire me to keep chasing success in skiing."
"To me the Olympics are the pinnacle of competitive sports. Over the years there’s been some political and controversial issues with the Olympics, but I think it’s an amazing celebration of sports and culture. Every country proudly gets behind their athletes to cheer for them on the world stage. It’s the biggest multi-sport event that gathers top athletes from many different sports. Every top level athlete dreams of participating in the Olympics and performing at their best. I have many great memories of watching the summer and winter Olympics with family and friends. It would be a dream come true for me to race for Canada at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics."
"I think racing and winning at the Olympics is the ultimate goal for a cross country skier. The Olympics are the time and place when all the best athletes are performing at their peak. Getting to compete at the Olympics would be an amazing experience and would be a big step in achieving skiing excellence. I am very motivated and excited at the chance to compete on such a big stage."
"Making the Olympics would mean a great deal to me. It would come with a lot of financial stability and the confidence to keep skiing for many years to come. Just qualifying would be an honour itself and I think the whole experience would be a lot of fun!"
"Being part of the Olympics has been a huge dream of mine since I started skiing at 6 years old. The Olympics is something that almost everyone in the world knows about, and representing your country it is one of the highest honours you can have as an athlete. It is one of the only events where all countries come together in sport and celebration. Being able to represent Canada at the Olympics is a goal I have bean working towards since the first day I put on skis."
"The Olympics has been a goal of mine since I was very young. It was the thing that inspired me to begin racing and it is the ultimate goal for me as an athlete. As a young teen I had the opportunity to participate in a running race in Nemea, one of the original Olympic stadiums in Greece. The history of the Olympics is just such an amazing thing and it would be a dream to add my name to the most historic athletic event."