As expected, Kelowna's Kelsey Serwa was named to Canada's Olympic Ski Cross team.
The announcement was made Monday morning in Vancouver.
Serwa is part of a six member team including three women and three men.
She will be joined in Sochi by teammates Marielle Thompson and Georgia Simmerling. They were added to the roster to compete in the women’s event. Canada can claim pedigree in the women’s division with Ashleigh McIvor winning Olympic gold in Vancouver four years earlier.
All three women are among top 10 on the ski cross World Cup leaderboard, though Thompson is at the top of the heap ahead of a pair of Swiss competitors.
Among the men, Dave Duncan, Chris Del Bosco and Brady Leman were given the official and exclusive Team Canada nomination jackets from The Hudson’s Bay Co., signaling their place on the Canadian Olympic Team.
Like their female counterparts, all three Canadian male ski cross athletes are in the top 10 in overall World Cup points standings. Duncan is the highest ranked Canadian in second place.
The addition of Serwa means nine athletes from the Southern Interior, stretching from Penticton to Kamloops, will take part in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Other regional athletes competing include:
- Kevin Hill Vernon - Snowboard Cross
- Justin Dorey Vernon - Halfpipe
- Justin Kripps Summerland - Bobsleigh
- Matt Margetts Penticton - Halfpipe
- Duncan Keith Penticton - Hockey
- Eric Neilson Kelowna - Skeleton
- Shea Weber Sicamous - Hockey
- Jessica Hewitt Kamloops - Short Track Speed Skating
The Olympics begin with the opening ceremonies Feb 7.
Castanet will have extensive coverage of the games with a focus on the accomplishments of these nine athletes.