Brass on 'board

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

Good team leadership starts at the top.

Mike McIllfaterick knows this and that's why he's made it abundantly clear his snowboarders will receive as much support as they need in order for them to be successful at the Winter Olympic Games in Italy next year.

The chief executive officer of the Canadian Snowboard Federation admitted his association failed to give the riders sent to shred at Salt Lake City in 2002 the proper support to succeed.

"As an association, we didn't provide them with the support, so we're trying to get focused on a year from now," said McIllfaterick.

"One of the problems we had in 2002 in Salt Lake was that we just weren't ready for any of the pressure the athletes get put under."

Jasey-Jay Anderson of Mont Tremblant, Que., the World Cup overall champ at the time, failed to even make the finals during the Olympics.

"We know the Olympics are a very different game," said McIllfaterick. "You have to be prepared in every way for them. The pressure is unbelievable."


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