Aside from their cross-country skis, poles and rifle, Canada’s next crop of Olympians named to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games will have one more weapon at their disposal in February — experience.
Of the eight athletes nominated to the Canadian Biathlon team at Canada Olympic Park, all but two have competed on the sport’s biggest stage.
The men’s team will be led by three-time Olympian Jean-Philippe La Guellec, who recorded four top-15 finishes at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. He’ll be the veteran tasked to lead 2010 teammate Brendan Green, from Hay River, NWT, and Olympic rookies Scott Perras, from Regina, Sask., and Calgary’s own Nathan Smith to the Sochi podiums.
“It’s definitely a really nice reward for my hard work,” Smith, 28, said Thursday after sliding on his red and white Canadian Olympic jacket for the first time. “My hard work should get me some results that I can be proud of at the Olympics.”