Thirteen athletes have been named to the team that will represent Canada at the 2014 Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in Jansa, Slovenia, from February 26 to March 6.

The championships feature top young ski talent from around the world, with athletes born between 1993 and 1997 competing for the podium in downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and a team event.

Seven male and six female athletes from Ontario, B.C., Alberta and Quebec will fly the flag for Canada, competing against hundreds of the world’s best.

Of the 13 selected athletes, 10 are members of Alpine Canada’s development team, including up-and-comers Mikaela Tommy, of Wakefield, Que., Julia Roth, from Waterloo,Ont., Morgan Megarry, of Collingwood, Ont., and North Vancouver, B.C.’s Ford Swette, who have each had at least one World Cup start this season.

“We have a very strong team, particularly in giant slalom and the speed disciplines,” said Kip Harrington, head coach of the men’s development team. “The competition will be tough. This is an unusually strong year, where there are several juniors from different nations who have scored World Cup points, won Europa Cup races and have been on the podium in a World Cup.”

“But we have well-ranked racers, and I believe we have a legitimate shot at podiums. If the boys can maintain composure and ski to their potential, they can do it.”

In addition to Megarry and Swette, the men’s team will include Broderick Thompson, of Whistler, B.C., William Schuessler-Bédard, from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., Vincent Lajoie, of Sherbrooke, Que., Chris Steinke, from Chelsea, Que., andCalgary, Alta.’s Jeffrey Bell.

The women’s team consists of Tommy, Roth, Toronto, Ont.’s Candace Crawford, Roni Remme, of Collingwood, Ont., Valerie Grenier, from Mont-Tremblant, Que., and Jocelyn McCarthy, from Spruce Grove, Alta.

“In selecting this team, our aim was to choose athletes who have the potential to win a medal or be competitive against the best athletes,” said Peter Rybarik, head coach of the women’s development team. “Our athletes are not the favourites, but at every big event like the world junior championships, it’s all about going for the win and with some luck anything is possible.

“We have a good mix of athletes who we strongly believe in.”


Feb. 26 – Men’s super-G

Feb. 27 – Men’s downhill training, women’s slalom

Feb. 28 – Men’s downhill training, women’s giant slalom

March 1 – Men’s downhill

March 2 – Team event

March 3 – Women’s super-G

March 4 – Men’s slalom, women’s downhill training

March 5 – Men’s giant slalom, women’s downhill training

March 6 – Women’s downhill


2014 Alpine Junior World Ski Championships men’s team:


Jeffrey Bell 1993 Calgary, Alta. Calgary Alpine Racing Club Alberta Alpine
Vincent Lajoie 1993 Sherbrooke, Que. Club de ski du Mont-Orford Ski Québec Alpin
Morgan Megarry 1993 Collingwood, Ont. Craigleith Ski Club Alpine Ontario
William Schuessler-Bédard 1993 St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. Club de ski Sutton Ski Québec Alpin
Chris Steinke 1993 Chelsea, Que. Club Mont-Ste-Marie Ski Québec Alpin
Ford Swette 1993 North Vancouver, B.C. Whistler Mountain Ski Club B.C. Alpine
Broderick Thompson 1994 Whistler, B.C. Whistler Mountain Ski Club B.C. Alpine


2014 Alpine Junior World Ski Championships women’s team:


Candace Crawford 1994 Toronto, Ont. Georgian Peaks Ski Club Alpine Ontario
Valerie Grenier 1996 Mont-Tremblant, Que. Club de ski Mont-Tremblant Ski Québec Alpin
Jocelyn McCarthy 1996 Spruce Grove, Alta Rabbit Hill Alberta Alpine
Roni Remme 1996 Collingwood, Ont. National Ski Academy Alpine Ontario
Julia Roth 1993 Waterloo, Ont. Devil’s Glen Alpine Ontario
Mikaela Tommy 1995 Wakefield, Que. Club de ski Edelweiss Ski Québec Alpin


Photo of MikaelaTommy courtesy of Alpine Canada/Pentaphoto.

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles